There are still a lot of Christmas lights on at night around my neighborhood. I really appreciate it a lot.
All the soft snowy vistas are gone and we are left with big piles of dirty, clumpy snow. This ugliness will be around for months yet, so we need the bright cheeriness of those lights. Since it adds a lot to the electric bill of those folks, I'm sure they do it purposely--whether to lift their own spirits or that of others, it's a darn nice thing to do.
So, here's my quiet salute to all the good-hearted people who light up my world!