Christmas Lights

This being my second Christmas living in Vancouver, I have realized that the putting up and showing of Christmas Lights is a pretty big deal to the people who live here. One of the things I always loved when I was young was the drive around town to look at Christmas Lights on people’s houses, finishing the night off with a tour around the Parliament Buildings Christmas Lights. I’ve developed a good appreciation for them.

Never have I seen a place go so crazy with the lights, though. Not in Toronto, Ottawa, Northern or Eastern Ontario have I come across so many houses that are decorated with lights to an extreme I never really thought possible. There are balconies of apartments with amazing lighting displays, and I remember last year seeing an entire Condo complex done up with Happy Holidays or something to that effect written in lights down the side of the buildings.

Even the building cranes get decorated for Christmas – not one, but nearly all of them. And I’m not even going to get into the Hospital lights downtown, as mentioned in a previous Metblog post.

I have to say that I love it. It’s so nice not to be freezing when you’re trying to hang lights up outside, as we did last weekend in Pitt Meadows at my mother’s house. And yes, we used probably 25 strings of lights alongside two inflatable christmas monsters. Is there any other way? It’s a far cry from the single string of lights we put up when I was a kid one year, then didn’t take down for the next 7 years.

I blame it on the milder climate.

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