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Light in the Darkness: Americans Hang Christmas Lights to Spread Joy During COVID-19 Outbreak

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Even though three months have passed since Christmas, Americans are bringing back the most wonderful time of the year to spread joy in their neighborhoods during the COVID-19 outbreak.

People have been hanging their Christmas lights up again as a way to spread hope while maintaining social distance.

Lane Grindle, a broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team, suggested on Sunday that doing so would make for a fun and safe activity during this time of emergency.

“What if we all put our Christmas lights back up?” Grindle tweeted. “Then we could get in the car and drive around and look at them. That seems like a fair social distancing activity.”

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Many Americans responded to the idea with enthusiasm, posting pictures of their redecorating in the comments.

For many, the decorations serve as a beacon of hope.

Some Americans are using their lights to display their patriotism.

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Folks abroad have also joined in to spread holiday cheer amidst the widespread fear of the virus.

Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to partake in the festivities, as Fox News noted. So far, California, New York, Connecticut and Illinois have all issued similar mandates asking residents to stay home save for essential travel, and other states may follow suit.

But if nothing else, that makes these small demonstrations of hope and community all the more important as America continues to grapple with coronavirus.

Will you put up Christmas lights to encourage your neighborhood?

According to Johns Hopkins, there were nearly 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and at least 260 deaths as of Saturday morning. President Trump has not banned domestic travel, but has asked Americans to avoid “discretionary travel” through at least the end of March, according to USA Today.

In spite of all this, these Christmas light displays serve as another example of the resilience of Americans. Ingenuity and creativity have always been a hallmark of the American people, particularly when their backs are up against the wall.

Putting up decorations is a very small action, but it serves as a beacon of hope and courage — the United States is determined to weather the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and come out of it stronger.

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Skye Malmberg started out as an editorial intern for The Western Journal in 2019 and has since become a Staff Writer. Ever since she was 10 years old, she has had a passion for writing stories and reporting local news. Skye is currently completing her bachelors degree in Communications.
Skye Malmberg started out as an editorial intern for The Western Journal in 2019 and has since become a Staff Writer. Ever since she was 10 years old, she has had a passion for writing stories and reporting local news. Skye is currently completing her bachelors degree in Communications.




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