Christmas Lights, Colours- In Nature and by Human Touch

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Trailing coniferous buds. Seattle, WA 2014. Photo by J.Chong

I’m certain we all have cringed at the outright crassness of shopping mall Christmas frippery, trinkets and lights festooning the shops and out along shopping districts.

Sure, it taints the real spirit of Christmas –the birth of Christ, the reciprocal giving of good wishes both personal and collective as well as small gifts of caring and kindness.

Sharing Heart and Spirit
But it struck me that, as long as Christmas is celebrated anywhere in the world, in spirit of sharing  a meal, conversation, music and maybe some carols, then all the bulging stockings, presents and consumables, are secondary. I have a  hard time remembering all the different presents I have received over the years, decades.

Chirstmas lit moose mounted on roof of home for former CEO and founder for lulemon. Point Grey Rd. bike lane along waterfront. Vancouver BC 2014. Photo by J.Chong
Christmas lit moose mounted on roof of waterfront home for former CEO and founder for yoga clothing firm, lululemon. By Point Grey Rd. bike lane in one of Vancouver’s poshiest neighbourhoods. Vancouver BC 2014. Photo by J.Chong

But twinkling light memories like a series of warm glowing candles, were many Christmas Eves with family.

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Baking cookies for Christmas Eve family dinner 2014. Photo by J.Chong

Magic Night and Wonder of Christmas Eve
For simply illogical reasons, I grew up in a family that celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve.  We weren’t observing Christians. There was just knowledge among us kids about carols, decorated trees, presents, Christmas cookies and a nice dinner.  I suspect my parents and all of us liked Christmas Eve, instead of the bald  day brightness of Christmas Day.

To us, Christmas seemed more magical and soul-mysterious with twinkling tree lights and decorations on homes, in the deep dark night.  Preferably with a veil of gentle falling snow to dampen the street sounds and to purify, if only temporarily, the outdoors with a blanket of fresh, white snow.

Cowboy warming up by campfire. Part of annual Lions Club Christmas lights display. Confederation Park. Calgary, Alberta 2015. Photo by J.Chong
Cowboy warming up by campfire. Part of annual Lions Club Christmas lights display. Confederation Park. Calgary, Alberta 2015. Photo by J.Chong

So these Christmas haiku below, light upon reminders in colour, imagery and interpretations of Christmas here in the northern hemisphere.   My Christmas greetings from 3 regions of Canada and a skip across into the U.S.

Pink-white berries bursting on an evergreen bush. Seattle WA 2014. Photo by J.Chong
Pink-white berries bursting on an evergreen bush. Seattle WA 2014. Photo by J.Chong

Red, pink berries drape
Pinpoint brightness of Nature
Cherubic kisses.

Eaton Centre, Toronto ON 2014. Photo by J.Chong
Eaton Centre, Toronto ON 2014. Photo by J.Chong

Dizzy lights festoon
Crazy looping around here
Let go and light up!

Christmas 2015. Photo by J.Chong
Christmas 2014. Photo by J.Chong
Wild elk roaming by edge of Banff town. Alberta 2013. Photo by J.Chong
Wild elk roaming by edge of Banff town on a foggy, winter day. Alberta 2013. Photo by J.Chong

Twirl ‘round the snowflakes,
Dance with star-struck joyous night —
Pause to float with awe.

Real sparrows hang out near Christmas baked pretzels hanging outdoors. Leavenworth, Washington 2010. Photo by J.Chong. Entire town's architecture and theme modeled after a Bavarian German village --year-round.
Real sparrows hang out near Christmas baked pretzels hanging outdoors. Leavenworth, Washington 2010. Photo by J.Chong. Entire town’s architecture and theme modeled after a Bavarian German village –year-round.
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22 Comments Add yours

  1. Pit says:

    Sure, Christmas is much too commercialized nowadays, but I do like the lights.
    Have a wonderful advent time,
    Pit

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    1. Jean says:

      Merry Christmas to you, Pit. Hopefully good light displays in your corner of the winter. 🙂

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      1. Pit says:

        Yes, we do have wonderful light displays. Check them out here: http://tinyurl.com/zvqy4un

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  2. Mabel Kwong says:

    Didn’t know you wrote poetry, Jean. I like it. Interesting to hear you and your family got in the spirit of Christmas when you were younger and you aren’t Christians. It really is all about the time together and having a good time overall. As a kid growing up in Australia, each year my parents did have low-key Christmas celebrations at home (though I follow no religion). It would be a simple meal around the table, home-cooked food for dinner on Christmas day. At one stage, my parents did buy me Christmas presents – at one point I woke up on Christmas day and got a new four-wheel bike. These days, Christmas is just another day to us.

    Merry Christmas to you, Jean 🙂 The decorations in the mall look very pretty 🙂

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    1. Jean says:

      First few years of childhood Christmas were pretty thin. New country for parents and also we couldn’t afford much. But we did have a silver tin foil tree with decorations and 3-4 gifts which were all shared. Usually cookies, some clothing, etc. Then things built up a little more each year. Family graduated to a plastic green tree.

      Merry Christmas Mabel and enjoy good sharing with family and friends!

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  3. Now I’m in the spirit.

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    1. Jean says:

      🙂 Warmest wishes for memorable holiday with loved ones and good friends, JB.

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  4. Agree with you about the excess around Christmas and the holiday season in general. But I must say that the lights and decorations that people put up cheer me up and are a symbol of the season that I enjoy very much. Your pics are gorgeous too. Thank you and happy holidays to you and your readers.

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    1. Jean says:

      Great to see you, evelyne. It’s an interesting challenge to do a Christmas blog post every year and find imagery not overly tacky or overwhelming. Warmest wishes for a special Christmas. 🙂

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      1. You did well! 🎄🎅

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  5. livelytwist says:

    I understand about the commercialization of Christmas.
    I love the lights and decor too. The food and festive cheer 🙂

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    1. Jean says:

      Food and festive cheer is especially good. 🙂 The more I think about, it it’s the lights at night and snow, I love the best…if we have to mix Nature and something man-made.

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  6. thedumplingmama says:

    Boy that moose in the mall is huge! Love the picture of the plate of cookies. Christmas is so commercialized. I try to keep the memory of Christmas for my daughters to be time with family and the birth of Jesus Christ.

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    1. Jean says:

      I think it’s a pink-lit deer. It doesn’t look hulking-clumsy like a moose. Given the presence of your extended family, your daughters will have no problems having great childhood Christmas memories with family and holiday specialness, Chrissy. Joyeaux Noel! (from the French official language of Canada, in addition to English).

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      1. Love the deer, elk, cowboy shapes made with Christmas lights. Hubby and I celebrate on Christmas Eve, too. I’ve always admired Canada; it’s such a pretty country. Merry Christmas, Orchid…

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        1. Jean says:

          Have lovely Noel, Bonnie!

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  7. Sue Slaght says:

    Gorgeous photos in this collection Jean. When I grew up we celebrated on Christmas Eve too. I’m loathe to the commercialization of the holiday. Hopefully we can spread kindness and good will to those less fortunate. Wishing you all the very best Jean through the holidays and in 2016.

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    1. Jean says:

      Warmest wishes for a memorable, cosy holiday with family and friends, Sue. May 2016 give some good surprises for you and keep you in good health.

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      1. Sue Slaght says:

        Thank you Jean. We are taking the family to a beach in Mexico and looking forward to relaxing with them. All the very best and looking forward to chatting with you in 2016!

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  8. Beautiful as always, J. Happy new year.

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    1. Jean says:

      HolisticW, I really wish the best for you and your family this year. It sounds tough right now. Hope some crisis has passed.

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      1. Terribly sweet. I can feel your heart. Thx so much.

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