The dark and the light, they exist side by side. Sometimes overlapping, one explaining the other. The darkened path is as illuminated as the lightened… – Raven Davies
For this last LAPC challenge for 2020, Ann-Christine invites us to share our plans and memories of our Holiday Season. She asks: “So what will your holidays look like? What are your plans and/or memories? Will you create new traditions or will you just ”survive” this one, looking forward to a ”normalized” celebrating next year?”
My answer is–I’m having a non-holiday holiday this year. A new tradition. But it’s all right. I have a lot to be thankful for. There will be other holidays, other celebrations after the pandemic. Instead of thinking about the negatives in a time of so much darkness–political strife, illness, natural disasters, and wars–I’m focusing on the glimmers of light, of hope. Here’s an example. For the first time in recorded history, many brilliant minds have tackled the problem of finding a vaccine to stop the spread of the covid virus. They succeeded in record time. Can you imagine what would happen if we faced other global problems the same way?
Through this season, our holiday displays are also glimmers of light that brighten the darkest days of the year. Here are some memorable ones from my archives. This first image highlights a labor of love. Can you imagine the time and painstaking effort it took to create this display of lights in Sydney, Australia? Several years ago, we were thrilled to spend the holidays there with dear friends.
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.~Hamilton Wright Mabie
These holiday lights and cheerful velvet bows on the dragons at the Peninsula Hotel always reminded me that the spring and summer were not far behind, even as I shivered in the frigid Chicago night. We celebrated many holidays here when we lived in the Midwest.
The holiest of holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart; The secret anniversaries of the heart.~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
These colorful displays of light were strung high above the atrium of the Time Warner Building in New York, the city where we have enjoyed many Christmas and Hanukah celebrations with family and friends. I’m looking forward to the time when we will gather together and celebrate again. That will truly be a joyous event!
I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.– Fred Rogers
Earlier this week on one of my walks, I discovered this display of huge inflatable balloons outside a home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. If you look closely, you can also see the artificial snowflakes falling across the front of the house. What fun! I couldn’t help but smile.
All of us at Lens-Artists hope that you join us for this week’s LAPC #128–And Here Comes the Holiday Season. Remember to link your post to Ann-Christine’s beautiful post, and use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you in the Reader.
The Lens-Artists team will be enjoying a holiday next week and will return on Saturday, January 2. Tina from Travels and Trifles will be our host of the challenge–Favorite Photos of 2020.
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