Column: You light up my life


‘Tis the season.

They say that decorating your home for the holidays improves your mood. If that’s true, then most of Carmel must be in a great mood. In a year that many people would just as soon forget, the sight of so many holiday decorations is sometimes enough to lift our spirits and encourage us to stay calm and carry on.

Every year during the holidays, I look forward to seeing how my neighbors decorate their homes and lawns with an inspiring assortment of lights and inflatable decorations. Driving through the neighborhood after dark is just a delight. I don’t know why, but this year the elves have been especially busy. There seem to be many more homes whose halls have been decked, and I love seeing all the decorations.

Is your neighborhood as well adorned as ours? Our neighborhood has a tradition of guiding Santa through the streets by placing a series of lights along our sidewalks on Christmas Eve. Another pocket of our neighborhood decorates their mailboxes with big red bows. Do you and your neighbors have decorating traditions? Feel free to reach out to us and share your traditions.

Thanks to everyone who has brightened our lives with your creativity. We hope this season finds you safe and your lawn covered with lights.

Stay home, be moved.

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