In an effort to lighten the current mood, some Americans have decided to bring their Christmas lights out of storage particularly early this year.
While restaurants and bars keep closing down, events keep getting canceled, and many doing their part in self-isolating, people throughout the country have decided to bring back their festive holiday displays to cheer everyone up and brighten spirits during this trying time.
Under the hashtag #LightsForLife, Americans have been sharing images of their Christmas lights to remind each other that we’re all in this together despite social distancing.
Put a light in your window. Turn on your Christmas lights, if they’re still up. Let’s remember that we’re all in this together. #StayHome #SocialDistancingWorks pic.twitter.com/vUaeZmQzVU
— A Dreadful Penny🏳️🌈☮🤟 (@PennyGee6) March 17, 2020
The beautiful lights come as a reminder that there’s still hope, love, and solidarity among all during these dark times the entire world is experiencing.
There are dark times ahead, but I can still put love & light out into the world.
Some folks have mentioned putting up Christmas lights to cheer up people in quarantine, in isolation, or just to remind the world there’s still light & hope. Here’s my contribution💛#LightsForLife pic.twitter.com/S8Mx8bQ28I
— Sarah Bang (@DrBang_Wx) March 18, 2020
Through this movement (and thanks to the internet) some of the most impressive Christmas displays are getting a second chance to shine! Like this man’s amazing light show…which was only taken down two short weeks ago, but is now getting put back up!
#LightsForLife Great idea. But I just took down my entire display 2 weeks ago, LOL! Guess I’ll put them all up now! pic.twitter.com/9u4ulqKskp
— Steve Neumann (@steve1330am) March 18, 2020
But any Christmas light display will do, no matter how big or small. The intention behind it is what really counts.
My youngest son was bored today and said, “can we put Christmas lights on our tree outside to cheer us up?” Great idea buddy. Lights are on tonight as a sign of hope and the sweet mind of my 10 year old. #Rhodeisland #hope #lovemysons #Christmas #Cumberland pic.twitter.com/qhVjeuLc02
— Mike Griffin (@rhodyknowsbest) March 16, 2020
Because Christmas lights cheer everyone up!
My Christmas lights are back on, cause this is what I need right now. ☘️🎄 pic.twitter.com/buOl0cTNDq
— Pam Swan (@prairieswan) March 18, 2020
This man’s mother also thought it would be a good idea for everyone to put their holiday lights back on, and we couldn’t agree more.
My mom thinks people should start putting up Christmas lights in their windows to remind each other that there is still life & light while we #StayTheFHome.
I think she’s on to something.#DoingMyPartCO #CoronavirusUSA #LightsForLife pic.twitter.com/XHxDyORAcS
— Michael 🎧 (@quickbear) March 16, 2020
He ended up following her advice and wrapped up the tree in his front yard.
Opted for the tree. No one within 10 yards while putting them up. pic.twitter.com/mQ5n2rvZf6
— Michael 🎧 (@quickbear) March 17, 2020
And so did more the more than 1,000 other people who reacted to this genius piece of motherly advice. Many of them responded with pictures of their lights which came in all shapes and sizes, like this person’s cute bears.
— Dreamflower (@dreamflower127) March 17, 2020
Or this person’s refusal to miss out on St. Patrick’s day fun, and instead put another holiday (but still very festive!) light display.
— Sue H-P and Bizzy and Minnie and Booger 🐾🌵🌲 (@sehp1020) March 17, 2020
This inspiring movement to bring back the holidays in March is a great way to literally bring light into the world during these crazy times the coronavirus has put us all in. So let’s keep putting up our Christmas lights and making them shine bright from our windows as a reminder that we are all getting through this together!
Feature image: Steve Neumann, Twitter