Who’s The Stranger On Our Porch?

Christmas, Christmas lights, holiday spirit, humor, photography, Modern PhilosopherPay no mind to that stranger on your porch, Modern Philosophers.  It’s just me, and I’m totally harmless.

I’m merely posing for a picture with your Christmas lights, and I’ll vanish into the darkness just as soon as I snap a selfie that isn’t totally blurry…

Ever since I was a wee lad growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn, I’ve been drawn to Christmas lights.

Something about the bright colors soothes my soul and fills me with the Christmas Spirit.  I’m drawn like a moth to the holiday flame.

Even as a kid, I’d wander the neighborhood to check out the lights.  My Dad always did a good job of decorating our house, but I wanted to see what else was out there.  I really loved the huge houses down on Shore Road because rich people had money to burn.

So many lights.  All those colors.

It was Christmas Heaven for a nerdy introvert.

Going out to admire the Christmas lights has never stopped being a favorite holiday activity.  Even in Southern California, where there was never snow on Christmas, there was always a multitude of beautiful lights.

Maine is no different.  Even though it isn’t even December yet, my neighbors have already been decking the halls with boughs of holly and tons of lights.

And now I’ve added to my tradition.

This year, I’ve started sneaking up to the lights and posing for selfies.  I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you…

Christmas, Christmas lights, holiday spirit, humor, photography, Modern PhilosopherChristmas, Christmas lights, holiday spirit, humor, photography, Modern PhilosopherThose were both taken at the same business a few blocks from The House on the Hill.  I’m not normally a fan of just white lights, but this display had a definite Winter Wonderland vibe to it, so it was cool.

Christmas, Christmas lights, holiday spirit, humor, photography, Modern PhilosopherChristmas, Christmas lights, holiday spirit, humor, photography, Modern PhilosopherThe photo on the left is from another business.

The one on the right, is of a jolly Santa Claus, who was so bright, he came out blurry.

Those old plastic lights remind me of Brooklyn.

I know that businesses want to light up the night to attract more customers, but I love that each evening when I go out for my walk, more houses have been decorated.

I can’t wait until entire streets are lit up as if to guide me safely on my meanderings, while also filling me with even more Christmas joy.

Christmas, Christmas lights, holiday spirit, humor, photography, Modern PhilosopherThese photos were taken on my block.

The one on the left is the home of my across the street neighbors.

Janine always does a great job of providing me with a lovely view from my front porch.

The photo on the right is of my next door neighbors’ house.  I’m hoping they put up some inflatable decorations, too, as they do on Halloween.

That would make for some awesome selfies!

Christmas, Christmas lights, holiday spirit, humor, photography, Modern PhilosopherI took this one during my run this morning.  I don’t usually break stride to mess with selfies, but this tree caught my attention and I had to have a pic.

In fact, I really wanted the tree, but I couldn’t figure out how to get it home.  I was sweaty and a bit tired after running three miles.

And I never run with my axe.  That’s too dangerous seeing as I’m a total klutz.

Christmas, Christmas lights, holiday spirit, humor, photography, Modern PhilosopherThis house is nearby, one block over from the senior housing.  It is definitely my favorite so far, and I feel like I’m drawn to it every night on my walk.

I can only imagine that their electric bill must be, but their donation to the electric company is totally appreciated because it makes the neighborhood look magical!

Christmas, Christmas lights, holiday spirit, humor, photography, Modern PhilosopherI wish the folks on the left had added a little more to their light show.

I like what they’ve done, but it totally leaves me wanting more.  Light it up!

The photo on the right isn’t the best because I had to sneak into a driveway between two well lit houses, and snap it quickly without disturbing any of the residents.  There is a huge plastic snowman behind me, but I couldn’t get close enough to make him clear enough to see.

Maybe next time.  I’ve still got a few weeks!

Christmas, Christmas lights, holiday spirit, humor, photography, Modern PhilosopherThis giant tree is in front of a house that is off of my usual walking route, but it called out to me from the distance, and I had to go take a selfie.

I mean, the tree is impossible to miss.  All those colors.  I love it!

Christmas, Christmas lights, holiday spirit, humor, photography, Modern PhilosopherI was able to get this snowman to pose with me.  He’s not as large as the earlier one in the driveway, but he’s a definite keeper.

I know there are more houses in the neighborhood that put out huge light displays, and I’m going to check them out this weekend.  If they are lit up and colorfully blazing, I promise more selfies.  I can’t wait!

Do you like to search out the Christmas lights in your neighborhood?  Which  photo in this post is your favorite?  Do you want me to show up on your porch and pose with your lights?

About Austin

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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3 Responses to Who’s The Stranger On Our Porch?

  1. Some of my favorite episodes of Roseanne and Home Improvement involved their Christmas lights.

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