Every year the great debate begins among women in the office, at the cafe or rummaging the sale aisles at the local department stores - colored lights or white lights? If you are not from the Christian tradition (or America), this debate may not make a whole lot of sense to you.
See - this is the week when most people put up their Christmas tree. I see more and more of the "real trees" disappearing from the corner parking lots, and the Christmas decorations are becoming more and more sparse in the stores. One of the biggest debates in Christmas decor history is - WHITE OR COLOR.
Basically, many will argue that white lights are classic, more refined. I would say that the majority of people I know stick to the white lights. I am really not sure when this became the "rule" - I remember as a child (in the 70's,) most people had a wide variety of color.
I recently had a conversation with a co-worker and she was telling me how she and her husband had a little disagreement over the color of lights. See - it is their first Christmas as a married couple, and they are working out their personal preferences, and the topic of colored versus white or (clear) lights came up. SHE wants white, HE wants colored. Of course, she won.
I jokingly advised that if they wanted to, have clear lights for the tree in the living room, and colored for a smaller tree in the family room. See - problem solved!
I do find white/clear lights to be beautiful. Reminds me of a starry night. However.. I LIKE the colored lights. Why? It reminds me of childhood. I like the whimsy and I am not afraid to stand proud by my colored lights.
I think as far as children are concerned, they are more drawn to the colorful lights, and to me - Christmas embraces your childlike enthusiasm.
(Neither of these pictures are of my home or trees...)
So, the question I pose to you today is - Colored or White? And why?
"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time." ~Laura Ingalls Wilder