Pulling the Plug? Right to Lighters Urge Americans to Keep Their Christmas Lights Burning

picketersRight 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?”

lightsI 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?”

700-00453204Now 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…

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Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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37 Responses to Pulling the Plug? Right to Lighters Urge Americans to Keep Their Christmas Lights Burning

  1. This is interesting but why leave lights on and give extra money to the electric companies.The magic of the holiday lives within people and has nothing to do with outdoor lights. If you want to light up, commit random acts of kindness.

  2. I am sad that you have neighbors with such dark hearts, but on the bright side, I am impressed that you worked Illuminati into your post in such a clever way.

  3. jrosenberry1 says:

    I choose to leave my lights on as long as possible, Electric Illuminati or no Electric Illuminati! Because I put too darn much work into getting the lights up to just take ’em down right away! I feel like being happy as long as possible and don’t think my LED Christmas decorations are going to break the bank or enslave me to the power company. It seems such a shame to go back to drab, dull old dark house fronts. In fact, I rebel and keep a little iron “tree” on the front porch year round. Winter tree, Valentine’s tree, St. Patrick’s Tree, Easter tree, spring tree, summer tree, Fourth of July tree, etc. Why? Because I can. Mwah ha ha ha! 😉

  4. Renchick says:

    I vote for the rights of the lights and those who love them. I agree that our actions as individuals can be luminous, as well, but it doesn’t change the fact that the streets and homes look dad-blamed depressing once the lights are off for the season 🙂

  5. thepiedpiffler says:

    The main attribute of Christmas is kindness, not extravagance. To believe that Christmas feeling is generated by gaudy lights, by excess of the sort I am certain Christ himself will condemn, is a travesty to the Christmas spirit. Christmas lights consume energy, and may I remind all you that we have an energy crisis going on. Will the man whose birth we celebrate in this occasion be pleased that, for the sake of garish “beauty” – and I use beauty here in its widest, relativistic sense – we eject more filth into the air? You still don’t think its opposed to the Christ’s teaching? Think about all the children and the future generations of men and women who will have to breathe filthy air because their ancestors are too stubborn to see beyond the apparent “prettiness” of their wasteful decorations.

    You think lights are pretty? Stars are pretty. But unlike *anti-Christmas* lights, stars convey to us the majesty of the universe and the beauty of the world around us. But, unfortunately, there is this one time of year where the Earth’s already dismal state of light pollution is exacerbated, which makes it even more difficult to see the majestic wonders of the sky.

    Do you think Bach would want the lights of the stars, which manifest the glory of creation, to be blocked out by extravagant holiday decorations?

    Do you think Einstein would? Or Carl Sagan? Or anyone else whose souls are not so shallow as to confuse beauty with ostentation and extravagance?

    Call me Scrooge if you please. But it won’t stop me from believing that “Christmas” lights are humbug.

  6. paulheels says:

    lights down after Christmas Day and no Christmas decorations on cars!

  7. momshieb says:

    “Right to light”, very nice!!
    Bunch of “bright wing” nut jobs, no doubt……

  8. Sometimes it is not a matter of appropriateness to take lights down but a matter of laziness. This is why I draw a line in the sand and never let them stay up past mid April.

  9. Teresa Cleveland Wendel says:

    Love the lights. The wackier the better. Those blinking ones that don’t blink in sync are great. How do they get them to do that?

  10. gatesitter says:

    This is priceless, as are most of the comments. Have much more I’d like to say but have laughed so I have to run use the w.c. 🙂

  11. jaklumen says:

    “Pawns of Big Power?” Ah, but I think not! For my lights are Energy Efficient, and are saving the city money; apparently our neighborhood is too old and poor to be bothered with the trouble of city lightposts. And I am glad, glad I tell you! It is a pleasant warm LED light, compared to the cold blueness that was retrofitted into the lights in my folks newer neighborhood.

    Let the counterprotestors moan about my porch light with its less-efficient CFL bulb at best, but I am no lover of the Electric Illuminati. I am a righteous man!

    (came in by way of thepipedpiffler’s blog)

  12. Doesn’t really matter what I think.If we leave them on our townhouse past Jan. 3 we are fined 100 dollars. 🙂

  13. They need to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas!

  14. Hubby is just now getting around to taking our outdoor lights down.

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