Who is this even for? That was the question on which I was chewing as I stood precariously perched on an extension ladder that was about a foot shorter than I needed. The question kept my mind busy, along with the dawning realization that my purchase of a pneumatic staple gun for this light-hanging project was, in hindsight, overkill.

Who is this even for? That was the question on which I was chewing as I stood precariously perched on an extension ladder that was about a foot shorter than I needed. The question kept my mind busy, along with the dawning realization that my purchase of a pneumatic staple gun for this light-hanging project was, in hindsight, overkill.


The obvious answer was, well, obvious: The lights were for my better half. She had requested them, listed specifications and trusted that I would complete the project before family arrives. I’m sure many husbands handling many staple guns on many teetering ladders last weekend were in a similar boat.


But that doesn’t answer the question of why she wants them, or why any of us decorates our abodes in twinkling, unnecessary accoutrements. The answer, I think, is that Christmas lights provide a sense of community around the season that no other holiday can match. Driving around the city, the lighted rooftops and window displays create a sense of connection, a reminder that we’re all sort of in this thing together.


It’s the same kind of feeling generated by seeing American flags everywhere on the Fourth of July, only moreso. It’s the reason people plant lush lawns that, hydrologically speaking, have no place in the Southwest. Christmas lights, like lawns, look nice and really tie a town together.


Lights are one of the true joys of the season. Losing an afternoon of football while risking one’s lower limbs is just the price we pay to connect ourselves to each other, 100 tiny bulbs at a time.



Happy birthday Friday to Gus Greer and Joe L. Ross, both of Denison; Terrell Hughes, Shantory Hughley, Cedric Keller and Milton Brown, all of Sherman; Bobbie Westbrook Lagow of Georgetown; Phil Ferguson of Ravenna; Charlie Sisemore of Pottsboro; Evin Neal of Van Alstyne; Patsy Neal of Luella; Mickey Lyles of Ivanhoe; Ian Finis Brown of Austin.


Happy birthday Saturday to Linda Smith, Mary Lay, Tammy Cole, Bill De Shazo, Jackie Banfield, Hellen Kirby Leverette, Natasha Edmonson, Robert Miller and Ms. Winkie Whitfield, all of Sherman; Roy Testerman, Charles Milton McAlister and Shelia Hall, all of Denison; Shanna Sue Mathis of Bells; Sandra Ferguson and Judy Jones, both of Ravenna; Wallene Bailey of Howe; Colt Shields of Tom Bean; Martha Chisum of Whitesboro; Sherry Sparks of Bonham; twins, Chloe and Gavin Neal, both of Lewisville; and twins, Jeremiah and Jamar Gaines of San Antonio.


Happy anniversary Saturday to Bill and Dalphine Kelley of Sherman, 50 years; Darrell and Dixie Brubaker of Denison, 45 years; Robby and Everetta Holbert of Whitesboro, 22 years; Jim and Debbie Akin Conley of Sanger.