I have a touch of seasonal affective disorder, so this is a special day each year. It's the day I celebrate that today and each day for the next 6 months will have a bit more daylight than the day before. This is why I love holiday lights--they help keep these winter nights from seeming so long and dark.
This year in Norristown, though, I think we have more lights--the town definitely seems less dark and gloomy. As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, big lighted snowflakes line the business districts on West Marshall St. and part of Main downtown (although the ones on the 100 block of W Main were out last night--and how about next year we extend the snowflakes to the businesses on the 200 and 300 blocks of East Main?). And I mentioned on Friday the 2 blocks of Locust where nearly every house had a light display. Now let me mention a few more I saw in my travels this weekend.
The blocks of Powell from Johnson Highway down to about Fornance. Coolidge Blvd between Markley and Astor. The 400 block of W Fornance. West Main between about Astor and Buttonwood has some nice ones. Lafayette, Stanbridge, Chestnut, Pine, Harding Blvd. Lots of others I remember seeing, but can't remember what street I saw them on. Even last night, when I was returning from a solstice singing gig after 11 pm, there were still quite a few Christmas lights on here and there, guiding the way home.
All these lights make Norristown feel more positive, and safer, too.
It's not that they provide bright security light, but these kinds of
lights send the message that someone inside cares about their house or
business, and about the town where they live and work. If I had an
outdoor electrical connection that didn't require a tall ladder, I'd put
out some kind of display, too. I do have candles in my windows, at
Norristown's been, symbolically, too much in the dark for
too long. I think all these decorations around town are a sign that our
community is coming out of its long economic winter. Our winter could
also be called one of attitude, and I'm seeing much improvement there as
well.. I'm feeling good about Norristown as the year ends.
be taking the next few days off from the Diary. I have baking and
gift-wrapping to do and I'm guessing many of you will be busy as well.
Have a wonderful Christmas and/or end of Hanukkah and/or beginning of