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Letters: Keep the Cheer Going
An appeal to keep the lights on
December 24, 2020

esidents and businesses of Oriental have lit up the night with their holiday decorations. A reader writes to the Editor in support of keeping the lights on.

The other night, I was walking around town enjoying the holiday lights. They are especially lovely this year, and so unique. I’ve seen dragons, dogs, ships helmed by Santa. These decorations are, for me, a small, simple joy at the end of a tough year. It occurred to me today that I will be really sad to see them go in another week or two.

So, I would like to share a request with your readers: that the town and its residents keep their holiday lights up through winter! I know many already keep theirs strung through the beginning of January, but I encourage folks in the area to keep them lit longer. Wintering during a pandemic is a bleak affair, but I find the lights to be powerful medicine.

Regardless of what folks choose, I’m wishing everyone a warm and safe holiday season. May this coming year be better than the last.

Lynn Crothers
Oriental, NC
December 23, 2020

The Lights of 2020
Light Up Oriental Contest
Spirit of Christmas 2020
Lou Mac Park’s Lighted Oak Tree
Cartwright House B&B Lit Up

a two story house on stilts with lights and garland decorating the railings, trees, and porch.
Wilma Kennedy won the decorating contest category for Most Lights.

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