November 14, 2020

I’m normally a stickler for waiting until after Thanksgiving to put out Christmas Decorations. But this year, our outdoor lights have been twinkling since the first of November thanks to my daughter who delighted in putting them out one warm afternoon.

The Christmas lights are up at Kenilworth Union, too, much to the enjoyment of our outdoor youth groups. This year, more than most, we need the luminous reminder of Christ found in John 1: “What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

“According to experts, stores that stock holiday decor in the fall have the right idea. The secret is a technique psychologists call savoring, a way to fully absorb life’s special moments. In other words, thinking about and planning a holiday extends its bliss beyond a few short weeks. One study found that anticipation in the weeks before a vacation is a big part of the happiness the vacation brings—and it works the same way with holidays.” Good Housekeeping

Go ahead, hang your lights early. You have the blessing of psychologists and this former Christmas stickler.