Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Lights

Why do we buy them, put them up, pay to electrify them and then take them down again?  What's in it for us?

I love living in a community filled with decorations and lights.  Every year we enjoy driving around to see the lights and we want to be a part of it.   We want to contribute, and to be noticed too.

This year we took almost forty kids from our youth group to see the Christmas lights at our temple.  There are over 500,000 lights!  500,000!  Can you imagine having to put those lights up?  I am so thankful for the people that take the time each year to place each and every light on the temple grounds.  It is beautiful and worth the trip.  There are also nightly musical performances, international exhibits and a life-sized outdoor nativity.  The real Christmas spirit is felt as soon as you enter the parking lot.

Shawn with Wayne and Cory...three teenage boys actually letting me take their picture! Wow!

Cory was less excited about getting a picture taken with his mom.  Becky had to hold him in place for a few seconds while I snapped this shot.
That's okay.  We didn't even get a picture with Shawn...Sign me up for the Mother-of-the-Year Award!

These pictures don't do the lights justice.  They are amazing in person. The lights sparkling against the dark winter sky are a symbol of warmth and friendship.  They bring people of all walks of life together at a time when our hearts are full.  To truly enjoy the season, one needs to be engaged in selfless service.  I am grateful for the selfless service of those who lovingly placed all of these lights in their place.  All 500,000 of them!


  1. I went to see the lights also this year-they were beautiful!! And, yes, there were ALOT of people that went to see them that had to park at the stake center up the road-about a block away. Shows how much people want to see the lights,shows, and more important-feel the spirit of Christmas. ps ck your use of the word "are" in the sentance-"when are hearts are"

  2. sorry-that was me that posted the last comment. love ya sis,T