Journalist Nancy Nall had an interesting proposition on her blog the other day. I’m not sure she’s even adhering to it (sounds like her husband is a hard sell), but she suggests that we take down the obviously holiday-related Santas and such, but leave the lights up to get us through this bleak time of year. She explains:
The idea is to say, Christmas is over and weâ€™re not going to depress anyone by leaving Santa on the lawn until April, but itâ€™s a long few weeks before we start to see anything approaching the softer light of spring, and so weâ€™re going to let the candle of civilization burn in the dark a while longer. Until Valentineâ€™s Day, say. Whoâ€™s with me?
I am, Nancy! I am! The tree is long down, the wreaths are retired, the Rudolphs are packed away for another year. But the blue and green twinkle lights above our deck? I’m calling them “outdoor cafe chic.” The pink lights by our front door? A salve against winter’s chill. Anyone else? — Mary T.