November 25, 2014
Up on the housetop...
Are you beginning to hear unusual kinds of sounds on the roof?
It couldn't be the patter of tiny reindeer feet yet, though. It's a heavier sound. Kind of a thumping sound, a vigorously tinkling shake, punctuated by occasional outbursts of colourfully descriptive language.
What we're hearing is the sound of Christmas lights being put up on the houses before the next wave of winter rains set in. Twinkling lights are beginning to appear on the trees, lawns and rooftops; and the neighbourhoods are getting brighter every night as folks explore the artistic possibilities of this very creative outlet.
On the long road home, I love to see those bursts of light in the darkness, like pockets of cheerful defiance as we approach the year's longest nights.