Christmas lights…

Blessings of the Winter Solstice an’ all that…

Why, though, is it that while we are remonstrated at daily to turn off, not to leave on standby, to reduce reuse recycle… the media are so enamoured of fools with pretty lights all over their homes? Again this evening the local news channel showed a whole street done over in inflatable Santa’s, multi-coloured festoons and disco sound systems, the residents parading their lack of interest in global climate change in the race toward Commercialmas. One excuse for this ecological obscenity was that it raised some hundred perhaps thousands of pounds for charitable causes – but no-one seemed keen to factor in the extra electrical demand, not to mention the manufacturing, transportation and retailing costs of these (mostly) Chinese sweatshop produced twinkly lights. On the one occasion someone dared to mention carbon footprints they were practically censured by the presenter.

Perhaps it is a rebellion against the dark days, a reaction against the longer nights. The lack of sunlights leads me to be a bit SAD but I like the dark nights and I despair of ever seeing stars in these times of glaring floodlights and security lamps, let alone this tasteless lot. Well the longest one has just passed (though it was too grey to see the sunset and too foggy to see the sunrise) and the Sun will return in strength soon enough. And if you intend celebrating any other events hereabouts, have a good one. Bah humbug! 😉

One response to “Christmas lights…”

  1. It’s funny, I was just thinking of blogging about this very subject, but questioning how many extra Gw/h will be used by Christmas lights this winter. I would be interested to know if anyone has any real statistics about this…

    We’re rather on the scaled down end of things… two sets of 40 lights on our tree… the rest is mostly candles (I like the light they give off better than a load of LEDs)


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