I'm very thankful this week for the Christmas lights that are appearing everywhere. I do so enjoy the decorations in the yards of neighbors as I put up my own. The best part about these lights isn't their illumination. I like them because no matter what color, shape, or holiday they represent, they all brighten up our lives as they shine light on our streets.
The fist lights of the holiday season actually date back to before the birth of Christ. Yule logs were burned during the long winter months to stave off winter's cold and darkness and bring the promise of Spring
During the Dark Ages, a light was put in the window of even the humblest of homes to celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas.
In some European Christians they would display a burning candle in the windows of their house that was visible from the outside. The candles in the windows indicated to other Christians that the house was a Christian house and that other Christians were welcome.
In 1882, electric Christmas lights were introduced and Christmas was never the same. People were so please with them that they began looking for more ways to use the. Hence the evolution of Christmas lights from a tree only decoration to a house wide decoration.
The Christmas lights that cheerfully light up the dark days of December have come a long way. Candles on trees and in windows have become a symbol of the Christmas Season.
I hope that during these short and often cloudy days you will find something that will brighten up your day and will be thankful for it too.