Great Christmas Light Fight
Have you ever seen the Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC? I love that show! Even though I have a hard time seeing details of shapes, I can still see that the lights are sparking and as a person with a visual impairment who struggles to see most times, Christmas lights are easy for me to see because they are so bright and some of them can be very colorful. Every year I watch this show, and I ooo and aha at the spectacular colors that light up the screen. I am always amazed by these displays. I don’t always agree with the judges and sometimes feel the displays are not equal to being able to be judged. I love DIY projects and the old fashion lights. I’m not really into all the modern pixelated computer-generated shows. For me they happen too quickly, I can’t just enjoy them.
Lights from every nook and cranny
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved Christmas lights. Whether they are on my tree, bed,
wheelchair, in fields, valleys, zoos, and front yards. There is something about the twinkling of lights and creative displays that has peaked my imagination. Lights are the one thing I see. I love driving around at night through the streets of where I live to see the various colors on display for everyone's pleasure. Think about it. Most people are not charging you to see their front yard display. They are doing it for others to enjoy the holiday. I know my Nana puts on one of the most beautiful displays on her corner lot in the Villages Fl. Her neighbors look forward to that display every year. I only wish they would help her put it up and take it down.
Koziars Christmas Village
Last weekend I went to see the mother of all Christmas light displays. I went to Koziers Christmas Village in Reading, PA. I have been begging my parents to take me for years. It was quite a magical experience in terms of the bright lights everywhere and the Christmas Spirit around every corner. This is the 75th year for this display. They had everything from giant blow-ups to little scenes in windows of buildings with animatronic figures. This is the first time we went but it's been around for seventy-five years. This is definitely a place to take your family to. I hope to be able to go again and possibly make it an annual tradition.
I do feel sorry for the people that live along the road that takes you to the display. We sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic, it looked like someone had strung Christmas lights along the roadway Twinkling red and white. The white from the headlights and red from the brake lights. The road leading up to the farm was quite dark winding country road. Once you crested the hill you are instantly transported to a Christmas vision of what I imagine the North Pole to look like. You forgot that you were in bumper-to-bumper traffic and transported to a place where anything is possible and dreams come true.
Need eyes to see
Once inside the gates, it's hard to see all the tiny details of the displays because your eyes are taken here, there, and everywhere. I was able to use my Eydaptic glasses to see. I did struggle sometimes because the glasses don't have night vision. The self-directed paths were all accessible but people are impatient. I managed not to run a single person over, not even grandma. They had hot chocolate that was almost as hot as a volcano of lava. They had some of the most unique items for sale throughout the farm. It was homey and comforting.
I love Christmas lights
I love Christmas lights. If I could I would compete in the Great Christmas Light fight. My house would scream Christmas from every nook and cranny. Unfortunately, I can't compete nor put Christmas in every nook and cranny, it's too much work for mom. I have been to the Bronx zoo and the Orange County Arboretum to see colorful displays. I appreciate that I can go see various lights and all the work that goes into creating pleasure for the wonderment of others. If only the Christmas spirit of kindness and giving could follow people around throughout the year.
So thank you Edward Johnson for developing the first Christmas lights in 1882. You have enabled me to see the wonderful world of lights and create memories that I will cherish forever.
Thank you for reading until the end!
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