Most everyone loves Christmas lights. In my youth very, very few folks had outside lights at Christmas. We walked or dad would ride us around residential areas to see Christmas trees in the front windows of houses.
Even back then the cities did string lights back and forth across the main roads down town and they always excited me.
Many years later I joined the US Navy. I was ordered to Norfolk, VA for further assignment. Upon my arrival I was amazed at the outdoor lighting on Ships. All the lights reflecting in the water was sheer beauty. The Submarines had their sails decorated I remember one had a giant Santa like he was going down the island which was made to look like a giant chimney.
It looked like hundreds of ships all decorated. I was so impressed that once we were settled in our 8x42 house trailer, with our two sons in Norfolk. I bought up a stack of outside lights that were on sale just after Christmas. Pre planning for next year. Storage was a premium in the trailer too, but we kept them.
I believe that was in the 60’s and the next Christmas we were in Government housing and there was an electrical shortage due to costs. We were not allowed to use the outside lights, I was very disappointed.
We never used those lights, they were finally sold in a yard sale. But I still remember vividly that Christmas in Norfolk when those outside lights really made Christmas alive with a great festive feeling. In my mind, that week of seeing those scenes nightly was worth the loss of an investment.
To this day, I love outside lights, especially if they reflect in an ocean, pond, river or lake.
Merry Christmas to all.
Do you decorate outside?
3-D truck painting, how about some fish?
Forever remembered, the Nativity!