Looking for the Spirit of Christmas. I wrote this piece in 2020 but it still seems quite relevant. Once again, I’m hoping for a white Christmas, but since it’s unlikely to happen I’ll be at peace with the beauty of twinkle lights, the creativity of our spirited neighbors and beautiful music. With that being said, I decided to pull this piece from the archives, update it a bit, and publish it once again.

The Spirit of Christmas – 2023

When we bought our house nearly three years ago, (it’s now nearly six years) like most buyers we took a leap of faith in choosing our neighborhood. We didn’t know we’d be able to walk to the woods in just five minutes from our front door. Nor did we know there was such a thing as a community email grape vine used by the community to stay in touch, informed, and to lend a helping hand when needed. We also didn’t know we’d end up living on a block with kind, thoughtful and diverse neighbors. In other words, we scored! I often think of our neighborhood as a page straight out of a Norman Rockwell coffee table book.

Best Traditions

One of the best traditions in the neighborhood is the annual house decorating contest for the holiday season. It’s all done in fun and very much in the spirit of Christmas. There is something wonderfully magical about walking through the neighborhood on a chilly December night taking in the joy of twinkling lights.

But don’t just take my word for it, here’s an awesome testament to the power of twinkle lights, ingenuity, technology, and spirited music featuring The Piano Guys.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

However you may celebrate (or not) the holiday season, come take a stroll with us, and lose yourself in the Christmas spirit for a few minutes.

Let’s start walking and see what we find, shall we?

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White on white, beautiful!
A sparkling twelve foot tree adorns this yard.
Holding on to Hope

We found this next house especially meaningful. As the world eagerly looks forward to ringing in a new year, it has been a long time since we actually felt the promise of hope. Not only hope for the healing of millions worldwide fighting Covid-19, but also for the return of a coherent government in the US. I think it’s safe to say we could all use a whole lot of hope and peace in 2021 (and beyond).

  • “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” Barack Obama
Hope 2021 (written in lights)
When you just can’t compete.
For the Grinches
  • “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons… without tags… without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” – Dr. Seuss

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Welcome to Who-ville! The Grinch is on the roof pulling a Christmas tree out of the chimney.
Speaking of Grinch, here he is stealing lights.
Where Are You Christmas?

Let’s stop strolling for just a couple of minutes and listen to this beautiful rendition of Where Are You Christmas? Watch to the very end, I promise it will touch your heart.

All of the little snowmen are wearing masks and attending zoom school on the screen, with a bottle of hand sanitizer at the ready.
This family of snow people have a Christmas tree on the top of their car. I’m pretty sure I heard them singing Jingle Bells.
A Christmas tree made of nothing but lights.
2020 due to Covid, there was no official gathering of neighbors to “flip the switch” and launch the holiday season, but this beautiful tree shines on. As does the menorah hidden by the tree.
The Night Sky

Happily, this wonderful community tradition lit up the night sky again, the first Sunday in December in 2023, surrounded by hundreds of neighbors.

The Spirit of Christmas

Well, that’s a wrap. I hope taking a walk through our neighborhood with us, and tuning in to some beautiful Christmas music, has brought you a few moments of joy. Around the world, there are many in need, but hope is on the horizon. Remember to go outside and take a long walk. It can do wonders for your mental health. And, maybe, you’ll find your Christmas spirit. If you do, pay it forward however you can.

  • Abi has twice won the neighborhood award for dynamite lights. Fingers crossed for a 2023 win!

~ Merry Christmas from our home to yours ~

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