I keep things pretty low key at this time of the year—the holiday season—for a number of reasons. I could talk about commercialization or my lack of religion, etc., but it’s mainly because with all the hype we can forget that it’s not a happy time for many people.
Throughout my teaching career I taught a lot of teenagers and it was very common, when we returned to classes after the break, for kids to tell me they were happy to be back. It wasn’t because they missed reading and writing in my class or my exciting geography and history lessons. Or my stupid jokes. For some it was because they were bored at home without their friends or crushes. But for many the season wasn’t a happy time, whether it was poverty, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, or violence in their home. So I never went crazy with decorations—kept it simple.
Even so, there are things that we can enjoy at this time of the year, no matter our take on the season. Like the beauty of the lights. So, I went through my photo files and picked some of my faves.
I’m not a big fan of high-rises, but the lights sure do dress them up.
The lights below can be found in some of the the elms in my neighbourhood all year round. They do look a little spooky during the day, but I like that.
These lights below, in downtown Winnipeg, provide some interest when you’re waiting for a bus.
Some of you might remember my photo story series featuring Plump Cow, who sadly met her demise on a photoshoot at Confusion Corner in Winnipeg. Here she is sitting on my star lamp a few years ago.
I do hope you enjoy this time of the year.