Letter - Lights should remain through Twelfth-dayWhat bemuses me is that we have spent so much time and effort to make merry and then cannot wait for it all to be over.
To the editor:
Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year, as stores begin to fill with goods right after Halloween. We used to wait until Thanksgiving, at least, before we began the month of shopping and parties, feasting and carols, candles and lighted trees. What bemuses me is that we have spent so much time and effort to make merry and then cannot wait for it all to be over.
As usual, when I went into Alexandria today, all of the wonderful holiday lights on Broadway had been taken down.
We all know the song about the Twelve Days of Christmas, even if we sometimes confuse the number of drummers with the lords a-leaping or the ladies dancing. Why do we not keep the lights up through the full 12 days of Christmas, I wonder every year. Would it be such a difficult task to honor the season by leaving them up through Twelfth-day, January 6?
It is the darkest time of the year and we could use some additional cheer and light. City administrators, county fathers, chamber of commerce, the powers that be: Consider how sweet it will be to extend the season a few more days to welcome our neighbors home to the warm heart center of our community.