25/12/2010 by Sarah Ritchie
Every year, around 1 December, Franklin Road (Auckland, New Zealand) lights up.
Located in an inner city suburb, Franklin Road is a long, steep street of old (but expensive) villas. The annual pressure goes on for every house in the street to participate in a Christmas light display. Be it tasteful, excessive or just plain gaudy, the lights come out en masse.
This neighbourly tradition has become so well known that the night time traffic – along Franklin Road – comes to a virtual stand still as the passing cars marvel at the array of lights.
When I was a child my mother would take me to various lookout points so we could gaze upon the city lights. She would call the view “fairyland”.
What is it about Christmas lights that we love so much? Perhaps they become our “fairyland” where we can melt into the magical glow, bedazzled by the brightness and colours and escape in the twinkling beauty.
All the best to you and yours this Christmas!