Carol of the Bells

Lights in the Dark

Driving around and looking at lights is one of the things I’m always anxiously awaiting come the first of December as everyone starts to put out their lights. My family always takes a special drive Christmas Eve after the Christmas Eve service to see them. Mom always fixes each of us a cup of hot chocolate to take with us to drink while we’re “ooo”-ing and “ahh”-ing over the spectacular light displays. Dad plugs his iPhone into the car and we listen to one of his favorite Christmas albums while we drive (this year it will probably be Harry Connick Jr.’s “When My Heart Finds Christmas”. That’s the one he’s been playing this year every time we all get into the car together.) No one does much talking, but then we don’t have to. Having that quiet moment together as a family Christmas Eve before the chaos of Christmas morning is enough.

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