Let There Be Light

It’s 11 pm Christmas Eve. My daughters just left to go back to each of their homes. My husband is in bed. Two kitties are on my lap, and two are by the fireplace.

We had a nice evening: fire pit; apple cider; cheese, meat, and more tray; pizza; Anomia (a fun, but fast!) card game; snacks; and topped the evening with a short watch of Elf. We all got sleepy after the snowball fight scene!

Earlier this evening, we assembled the luminaria kits and set them out, all lit up, to line our part of the street. Other neighbors set them out, too. Even though there were breaks in the lit rows, the results were still beautiful. Although, my iPhone couldn’t quite capture the real beauty of the lit streets.img_7895

I recently wrote an article on the historical uses of luminaria and also how Cary NC, my hometown, came to have them as an annual Christmas Eve tradition. If you would like to read that article, here’s a link: http://www.caryliving.com/a-tradition-burns-bright/

“Even though luminarias are traditionally lit on Christmas Eve, the spirit of the tradition encompasses more than a single day. It is a beautiful way for neighborhoods to celebrate community during the holiday season. Residents can set out candles—whatever that light might represent for their families—knowing that when all of the lights are shining together it’s a tangible representation of what connects each of us.” excerpt from my article

Photo by Cary Living Magazine on Instagram

Now, I’m off to bed so that Santa doesn’t arrive and find me awake!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! 

Home Sweet Home

26 thoughts on “Let There Be Light

    1. Yes, that problem seems to be going around. I had trouble with several sites doing the same when I try to Like or comment. But when I changed my safari privacy settings, cross tracking, it immediately fixed it for me. Is my site the only site you’re having this problem with?


  1. And a much belated Merry Christmas to you, and now, a wonderful New Year. I’ve seen a neighborhood here and there that have set up the luminaria … it is always so heartwarming to see. Thanks for sharing these images … they’re lovely.

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  2. I have enjoyed this post very much, it has made me interested in Christmas traditions again, and I find it very interesting how you always seem to write about what’s meaningful to you, what you’re passionate about.

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    1. Thank you! I love learning about and participating in holiday traditions from all faiths and countries. Writing about what really interests me makes the writing so much easier. I take other assignments, and enjoy them, but really get into the ones I pitch.

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  3. Merry Christmas, Cheryl! Just a quick check on my emails and saw this……Lovely! I have had major troubles with my phone, internet and my emails. I have no idea if I have received other notifications from you. I am in town briefly, so will not have time for a visit. Perhaps the next time I am here we can meet for coffee. I would love to see you again. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Warm regards, Maureen

    Sent from my iPhone


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  4. Lovely tradition. We have lit luminaries on winter solstice before with friends.
    I like the idea of a whole neighborhood doing it.
    Read your article. Nice to know the history too.
    Merry Christmas!

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  5. This is a beautiful tradition Cheryl. It never ceases to amaze me how a random conversation with a complete stranger can light the way ahead – literally in this case. My life is littered with random conversations that have pointed me in new directions, offered new thoughts and sometimes changed my life radically – often with people I have never seen again. I tend to look for it now 🙂 I love the glowing lights and the the way the children are involved too – the cost seems extremely reasonable to me – mostly like the woman you quoted, I feel that the act of laying out the lights and then viewing them leads to thoughts of unity and peace.

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