Spreading joy, spirit for the holidays

Lindsey Mays – Staff Writer

Tis the season to be jolly! From the hot cocoa to the ugly sweaters and the decorations all aglow, who could possibly not love this holiday? It is a time of giving and being surrounded by the ones we love.

The holidays bring family and friends together to make bittersweet memories. We all have our own unique traditions, but there are many that we all have in common.

Christmas lights are so dazzling to see as one drives down main street or through a neighborhood. The idea of Christmas lights is so popular that it has even created a market for companies to create light shows for viewer enjoyment.

Often times when creating a Griswold show in the front yard, one forgets how greatly this increases their electricity output. Decorators have a choice between incandescent and LED watts for their lights. Shoppers should choose LED watts when possible because it uses much less electricity.

Did you know, a string of 25 incandescent light bulbs uses 175 watts and averages a cost of $15.12 to run over a season. This is just one small example, and the numbers start to add up rather quickly. Starting around Black Friday every year, the light intensity in American suburbs increases by 30 to 50 percent, and it does not return to normal levels until after the start of the new year.

Christmas is a time of giving. It is a time that loved ones spend together and a time where people give back. It is about spreading joy and getting people’s spirits up. People get together and have a nice meal together and share gifts with each other.

Children look forward to the mythical figure, Santa Clause. This makes Christmas very commercialized and families spend large amounts of money on gift giving. In 2016, the average American spent $929 on gifts for friends and family.

There are so many people within our own communities struggling as well as internationally. Churches often do community dinners, give away clothes or food to those in need, or have Christmas shows for the community to enjoy.

What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Do not be afraid to make a new one with family or even friends. Do something nice for someone else. Make an ugly sweater. Bake those Christmas cookies and top it off with some hot cocoa.

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