Holiday lights hide much, show a lot, make bungalow glow

Holiday lights hide much, show a lot, make bungalow glow
Newly baptized with Christmas lights, sprinkled all over and dripping down the sides, a tiny bungalow on First Street, right off Main, dons a born-again zest.

Lights cross window sashes. Lights rise up to the peak of the roof. Lights circle porch posts.

As dusk falls into deep winter darkness, a distinct brilliance, like a blessing, takes over the place.


Those little Christmas lights offer big redemption for the modest home; even the wind-battered flagpole is washed clean with sparkling strings.

Hundreds of little lights wipe away what has gone wrong: sagging roofline, chipping paint, cracked window pane, unsteady porch railing, tipsy front stoop, lopsided eave.

There's real heart in that holiday display with all doubt ushered to the back and all hope moved to the front.

Plastered everywhere, those little holiday lights are as a prayer.

Piercing through the night, colored lights and clear lights absolve any assault by disease or discouragement that passed through earlier.

Blinking lights and motion lights cast a holy veil over any attack of disenchantment or dislike that took up residence.

Blessed symptomatic Christmas lights summon good times. Authenticating hope, those lights clutch tightly to yesterday, hold on to today and reach for tomorrow.

Those lights prove the human spirit will not be sullied. No. It is sanctified by something much, much bigger.

There's real heart in that holiday display with all doubt ushered to the back and all hope moved to the front.

A resident of Southeast South Dakota for more than 30 years, Paula Damon is a popular columnist, keynote speaker, and freelance writer. Her columns have won first-place national and state awards in The National Federation of Press Women competitions. Most recently, Damon's writing took second place statewide in the South Dakota Press Women 2007 Competition. For more information, e-mail pauladamon@iw.net.

� 2007 Paula Damon

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