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As I drove to Institute last night, I passed several houses that had their Christmas lights up. A thought struck me: What in the world are the purpose of Christmas lights?
Honestly! Why do people climb their roof, risking breaking their neck or some other body part, all for a few lights? Like trees, snowmen, Santa, reindeer, and all the other commercialized crapola people focus on during this season, lights have nothing to do with Christmas! So why bother?
Granted, I can understand going through the painstaking process of putting up lights if you’re going to wow the world with a video like this, but any other reason falls short of rationale, in my mind.
I can see a reader or two trying to argue that Christ is the light of the world, and therefore the Christmas lights in a way reference the Savior. I don’t think it would be too non sequitur, then, to argue that I’d be referencing the Savior by flashing my brights at oncoming traffic while running errands. Clearly, Christmas lights have nothing to do with Christ.
The history of Christmas lights is quite recent, and pretty lame. In no way is there a desire to “honor tradition” by continuing the practice, since there has never been any meaningful purpose to speak of.
Growing up, I’d often hear others speaking ill of those in the neighborhood who didn’t participate in the practice of stringing lights along their house. Is this type of judgment a common occurrence? Is somebody’s “holiday cheer” measured by their participation in purposeless practices?
Perhaps these people realized what Christmas was really about, and spent their time, energy, and resources pursuing that purpose. Perhaps.