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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Christmas Lights

Mesa AZ Temple Lights

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.  Many thanks to Thomas MacEntee of for hosting this each year.  It’s a lot of fun, and it links the Genealogy/Family History community each year in such a delightful, celebratory way.  The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) gives you an opportunity to write about and share your family’s holiday history 24 different ways during 24 days in December! If you’d like to share in the fun, go to

This is a great way to record part of your personal history.  You may want to use these prompts with your Personal Historian 2 software, and you’ll be a step ahead in documenting your personal history and preserving it for your posterity. I also enjoy scanning pictures with my Flip-pal mobile scanner. and storing the pictures in collections with my Heritage Collector Suite software.  Since Christmas is coming, you may want to find these items under your tree this year.

 Here’s TODAY’s topic and my thoughts about it.


As a child, I just accepted the beauty of Christmas lights as being part of a season of celebration.  In my teens, seeing beautiful lights displayed around our city and neighborhood made my heart come alive with joy.  The lights fascinated me, and I loved seeing the light emanating all through the city.

When we lived in Palmdale, CA we did quite a bit of decorating.  I especially remember one year when my oldest daughter formed the shape of a reindeer in lights on our garage.  I think it was one of the years in which I was a single mom.  We all enjoyed the lights.  They seemed to spark hope and happiness.  Then, one morning when my daughter saw that someone had come by, unscrewed lots of bulbs and crashed them on our driveway, it became a terrible memory for her. 

We did display lights on our home.  Most years, they were white lights.`

In Mesa, AZ, we especially loved the Christmas hundreds of thousands of lights displayed on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Mesa, AZ Temple grounds.  The spectacular light display is among our favorite memories.

From the air (below)


I hope you will consider documenting your own memories concerning Christmas Lights.  Merry Christmas.

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