I only call them holiday lights because they symbolize the holiday season for me. I don’t care much about the Christmas versus not Christmas debate. Every year on “Black Friday” the temple square as well as everyone else downtown lights their Christmas lights. I have often wondered how there isn’t a power outage for the rest of us when they hit the switch, but they swing it somehow.
For some there is a religious significance to temple square but for me the reason to go is different. The lights aren’t about where they are or even why they’re there, it’s about traditions. My parents always made sure my brothers and I went downtown every year for the lights and now I make sure to take my kids every year. My husbands family also went frequently and now it’s important to both of us that in this hectic season we find the time to go and see the lights , as a family.
We still live in Utah and there have been years that it was absolutely frigid, but we bundled up and went anyway. The production involved in setting temple square up each year is worth the not so favorable temperatures and crowds. This year was actually rather pleasant thankfully.
On what will certainly be a busier than normal Christmas Eve I leave you with some beautiful photos of a truly beautiful place.
Hand’s down my favorite picture of the night, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night 🙂