Holiday Lights Galore
In Northern Virginia and Washington D.C., every season is unique and beautiful in its own way. During the spring, we have cherry blossoms blooming all over D.C., and in the summer... well, it's just muggy in the summer. Then comes fall when the trees change colors making every street corner and neighborhood an amazing painting. And finally winter, where scenes of holiday lights mixed with occasional snow covering the barren trees makes the cold weather a little more bearable. The lights start going up after Thanksgiving and the malls start decking their halls and their parking lots.
Although I don't celebrate Christmas, I do enjoy driving around and checking out the lights decorating homes all over the place. Every year they get more elaborate, some a little too much for the eye to handle. But generally, they make the neighborhoods light up with joy.
My favorite things about this time of year: lights in the streets, red holiday cups from Starbucks, candy canes, pretty trees in the windows, sales after Christmas, funny Santa hats on the Metro, "the holiday cheer" (not available in all shopping centers), and a day or two off to wrap the season all up.
To everyone else who surely has more meaningful reasons for celebrating this holiday, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah! Eid Al-Adha is just around the corner too, and I wish it could be this time of year all the time so we can all celebrate together :)
Until then, enjoy these photos of lights around my neighborhood (sorry about the blurriness).
Check them all out on my Flickr.