Right to Light groups across the country took to the streets today to protest the pulling of plugs on Christmas lights just one day after the holiday. They urged people to give an extension (cord?) on how long they left up their colorful decorations, and pleaded for a reprieve, albeit a temporary one, for those lights destined to be darkened on this day.
“Why do they get to play God and decide when the lights get snuffed?” one angry protestor demanded of this Modern Philosopher as she waved her sign in my face. “To be taken down in their prime, when they are glowing so brightly…it’s a sin.”
“We are taught that Christmas is more than just one day, that it’s a way of life,” one of the few calm and coherent picketers explained to me. “With that being the case, don’t the lights that symbolize the Holiday have a right to burn all year?”
I hate to allow my personal feelings to influence the way I report the news on this blog, but I must admit that I am a sucker for Christmas lights. I enjoy going for a walk through the neighborhood after dinner to check out the amazing job done on the homes around the House on the Hill. If I had a vote, I’d cast it for the lights staying up all year.
Of course, there are at least two sides to every story, so let’s cross over to the side that thinks lights should be taken down right after Christmas. “They’re an eye sore,” complained one angry resident who was out on the street pelting the protestors with snow balls and rotten produce. “I can’t sleep at night because my neighbors’ lights are so bright they illuminate my house even when all my lights are out.”
“These people are just pawns of Big Power,” observed another person who wasn’t tossing anything at the picketers, but was giving them the finger and urging them to go have carnal relations with their mothers. “These people don’t care about the rights of some colorful light bulbs. They just want to influence us to continue to line the pockets of the Electric Illuminati. Aren’t the bastards rich enough already?”
Now that night has fallen in Brewer, I am no longer serenaded by angelic voiced carolers, but instead annoyed by the back and forth of impassioned protestors and the remarkably angry locals who disagree with them. I can notice that the streets are a little darker, but thus far, it looks like the picketers are influencing enough people to keep the Christmas lights burning…at least for another day.
What do you think, Modern Philosophers? On which side do you fall? Do you even think there’s a right or wrong here? When do you take down your Holiday lights? Are you stunned by how much hatred a couple of my neighbors have towards these protestors?
Light up my comment section with your Deep Thoughts. Looking forward to being illuminated by your input…