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Festive lights

Festive lights

Christmas lights seem to be displayed earlier and earlier every year, and this year was no exception. Some people had their houses lit up since the beginning of December, and shops and commercial enterprises got serious about Christmas displays shortly after Halloween. There is no doubt that they brighten up dark midwinter evenings, but after experiencing them for a month or six weeks we become so accustomed to them that we barely notice them. By the beginning of next week they will have disappeared into storerooms and attics for another eleven to twelve months. The month of January can be a lean and dark month in the northern hemisphere as people readjust themselves to entering a new year and to dealing with new challenges. The one thing I’ve noticed as I’ve grown older is that the space between one December and the next seems to have contracted considerably.

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Frank Brault05-Jan-2013 18:09
You are right. Time does contract as we get older doesn't it. Maybe it is because we have so many more years to look back on. This is a gorgeous image. I love the Christmas Lights and the feeling of depth. The people add to the atmosphere and the woman on the phone is a sign of our times. V
Jim Larkin04-Jan-2013 18:00
Wow. I've been away for a while and I come back to this? It looks like it's out of a magazine. Awesome work.
Sheila04-Jan-2013 10:01
What a lovely clear shot. I love the Christmas lights I must admit. The time HAS contracted! Kev and I agreed it was only 2 months since last Christmas.
We have hot cross buns in one of our big retailers, I refuse to even look at them.
fotabug04-Jan-2013 07:08
Superb image V
Robbie D7003-Jan-2013 22:28
Yes I do agree and I am sure its not stopped contracting.
Mairéad03-Jan-2013 22:09
I like this view towards the impressive Powerscourt Centre.
Spotted Easter eggs in Tesco yesterday so time is certainly moving very fast!
Johnny JAG03-Jan-2013 21:52
They look like stars
J. Scott Coile03-Jan-2013 21:32
Very nice perspective.
Sheena Woodhead03-Jan-2013 21:30
There does seem to be more and more outside festive decorations year on year. Love the colourful image.
SRW03-Jan-2013 18:28
You're not the only one...! Nice, observational image; with great composition....
joseantonio03-Jan-2013 17:32
Very nice composition with a festive mood...V.
William Barletta03-Jan-2013 17:30
A delightful holiday scene