Having said that, I just returned from a bike ride in the dark. As I rode, I began thinking about what the people who own the houses are stating through their Christmas lights or decorations. Have you ever pondered that? These words are meant to make you think and laugh at ourselves at the same time.
First of all, darkness reigns over more than half the houses. In other words, you cannot see any Christmas lights or decorations at their house. So, what does that mean? I don't know. Some people may not physically be able to put up lights due to age or health issues. Maybe others can't afford Christmas decorations. Maybe others are making a statement; Christmas is not about lights. Or other people might just loathe Christmas. So, the body language of the lightless houses may be hard to determine.
Some people have a simple string or two around their window or along their gutter or on bush or whatever. They seem to like the beauty of lights, but they also appreciate simplicity. Let's enjoy a little, but let's not get carried away. I wonder if these people get carried away with anything. They might be very cautious people, I don't know, what do you think? Of course, it might not be caution, it might be belief. It might show that they love the beauty of lights, but don't think Christmas is about lights, so just a few are fine.
Some people hang their lights meticulously, and others who seem to throw their lights up in the air and have them fall where they may. I bet you the first group work as accountants. They love details. The second group are more care free. What jobs do you think they do? They are the type of artists that splash paint on a canvas and call it art. I do realize the shape of the tree or bush may dictate how one can hang one's lights.
My neighbor has a small nativity lighted in her window. No doubt her body language announes that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. Another neighbor has lights on a banner that has Isaiah 9:6 written. They are declaring their faith through their decor. Of course, it intrigues me to have a nativity scene dwarfed by Santa or Frosty. What kind of statement does that make? They must be the semi-religious people, either that or very confused. Maybe, they believe Santa gave us Jesus by leaving him under a Christmas tree.
Of course, you have yards loaded down with hot air decorations. Does that mean the owners are full of hot air? I doubt it, even though it may be possible. They seem to be saying, "Look at me. I'm really into Christmas." Yet, the very nature of their decorations announces that their Christmas is hollow. There is nothing to it.
Finally, people projecting lights onto their houses seems to be a new fad. They must like the "look" of having lights, but they don't want the work of having lights. They are either people who like the "newest" thing on the market, or they are conservative with the use of their energy.
Well, we could go on, for there are so many different styles of Christmas decorations. But as you go by a house, ask yourself, what does their body language of Christmas lights tell you about those people?
Have a joyful Christmas.