If you are ever a visitor at my home in the evening, you will be greeted with white lights shining brightly from a dwarf spruce tree planted in my front landscaping. Whether it is December or July, the lights will be there.
For the Christmas season, I hang lots of lights. They cover the entire front landscaping, outlining the front door and brightly shining in the garland that hangs from the porch railing. But for the rest of the year, this one tree will be lit with led lights connected to a timer set to come on at dusk and stay on for 4 hours.
Why – you ask. For my friends and visitors, the lights feel welcoming. To anyone with dishonest intentions, I hope it makes the home feel occupied, like there is a presence, even if there isn’t.
At my back patio door, I also have lights. Just a few. In the winter, there are pine boughs in a pot. In the spring, its a grapevine ball (in a future post – I’ll show you how to make these! So check back! ) In the summer, a lighted trellis is tucked into potted plants. I will always leave them there because I know it comforts my neighbor, who is sometimes alone. She has commented, more than once, how she appreciates them.
It turns out, I’m not the only one who finds comfort in lights!