There’s something comforting about lights in the dark. It appeals to our most base instincts around self-soothing. Light, we think, gives as more control and more control equals a higher chance of survival.
Most winter festivals are about lights. You see it all over Europe where Christmas markets with their colorful lights, food stalls, and places to buy gifts start popping up in the middle of November. Hanukkah is literally “the festival of lights.”
We didn’t do lights last year at my house because we spent the holidays traveling. No lights. No tree. Nothing. Yeah, it was a lot less to clean up when we got home in January and wow was the bulk of December oppressive.
We decided to go all out this year. We are now those people – the ones who put up their lights Thanksgiving weekend.
And yes, the last errand we do before going back into quarantine for TGF‘s birthday and Christmas will be to buy a tree. No way I’m doing Christmas 2020 without a tree.