Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people are putting up their Christmas lights to spread some hope and cheer. The idea started on Twitter and hashtags like #LightsForLife, #CoronaKindness, and #CoronaChristmas are trending. In a challenging time with school and work closing, local restaurants and shops shutting down, and events being cancelled, social media users are sharing pictures of their lights and encouraging others to remain positive.
The trend seems to have originated with a tweet by Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcaster Lane Grindle. Grindle suggested on March 15 that putting up Christmas lights and driving around to look at them would be a fun activity for families while maintaining social distance. His tweet received a positive response with more than 2,400 likes.
What if all put our Christmas lights back up? Then we could get in the care and drive around and look at them. That seems like a fair social distancing activity.
Many have posted about putting up their Christmas lights following Grindle’s tweet, while some were a little late to take down their lights so they turned them back on.
There are dark times ahead, but I can still put love & light out into the world.
Some folks have mentioned putting up Christmas lights to cheer up people in quarantine, in isolation, or just to remind the world there’s still light & hope. Here’s my contribution. #LightsForLife
My youngest son was bored today and said, “can we put Christmas lights on our tree outside to cheer us up?” Great idea buddy. Lights are on tonight as a sign of hope and the sweet mind of my 10 year old. #Rhodeisland #hope #lovemysons #Christmas #Cumberland
World getting you down? We are so lazy that we never took down our Christmas lights. So we turned them back on. #behappy #COVID19
The trend is spreading a little light and joy around the world in times of stress and uncertainty. So if you are at home and want something to do, consider hanging up or turning on your Christmas lights again and maybe your neighbors will do the same.