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Drive-by Christmas Lights Viewing

A couple of days ago, an acquaintance invited my husband and me to go look at the Christmas lights. Though I had no idea what that meant, I was excited to get out of the house and go see something that I had never seen before. So, off we went into this late evening adventure. During the ride, our acquaintance explained that these lights we were invited to go look at were people’s houses that were decorated quite elaborately for the holidays. Apparently, it was a tradition for people to go look at them but she hadn’t been since the start of the pandemic. We were going to see if they were up.

I thought it was a strange concept, but it’s not like I had anything better to do. As drove on, more cars came into view. And then, it was clear. Massive spreads of lights covering houses and lawns. Giant blow-up snowmen, light rein-deers, statues, moving lights staged sets. It’s the most epic display of lights I’ve ever seen. As a Caribbean national, the one thought I couldn’t get out of my head was that their electricity bill must be ginormous.

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Despite that though, the most fascinating part of the experience though is the cars. The long stream of slow-moving traffic doing exactly what we were doing was very interesting to me. I could peer into people’s cars and see families, couples being and taking pictures. It was such a lovely way to spend the evening, seeing the creativity that stretched on for miles. Perhaps, a new holiday tradition for the family. Research revealed that festivals and light displays across Canada during the holidays. I can’t wait to see more.

Do you travel around and drive by to look at Christmas house lights in your neigbourhood?

Xo, Shandean

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Shandean Reid

Hi, there! I’m Shan, a heavily caffeinated Jamaican millennial content creator and communications professional in Canada. I'm a storyteller at heart and this blog is my transparent navigation of life as a physician’s wife, mom, communications professional, author and anything else I need to be on a given day. I hope you like my sharing space and subscribe!

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