"Today a few of my neighbors decided we needed a bit more light in this dark time and decided to turn their Christmas lights back on," wrote a Twitter user.
After going into total lockdown, Italy showed the world how coming together in times of crisis can not only set an example but also make people hopeful. Videos of quarantined individuals singing from their respective balconies started emerging which gave millions across the world relief and joy.
An entire building in Italy singing— todd pole (@ribsreprise) March 15, 2020
TEAM by Lorde ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/BjNPB6hcYO
In a heartwarming move, people from the US have started doing something similar to spread cheer amid the coronavirus pandemic. Many have started putting up the Christmas lights back up in their homes to "spread light." Getting back a bit of Christmas vibe in March has brought a smile to people's faces and it also proved that humanity will always be there to save us when we need it.
While who started this trend has still not been confirmed, photos of houses being decked up with lights have started going viral on Twitter with the hashtags #lightsforlife and #coronakindness, PEOPLE reported.
“Today a few of my neighbors decided we needed a bit more light in this dark time and decided to turn their Christmas lights back on. I hope it brings a smile to your face like it did mine,” wrote one Twitter user, sharing photos of a few decorated houses on her street.
Today a few of my neighbours decided we needed a bit more light in this dark time and decided to turn their Christmas lights back on. I hope it brings a smile to you face like it did mine. pic.twitter.com/MukgY36FTj— Nadine (@NadineGB204) March 18, 2020
May have to do this as well! Put your Xmas lights up ppl to spread some joy. Kinda give a new definition to #CoronaLight #SocialDistancing #StayTheFHome pic.twitter.com/4nN9rEpkDj— Fight For 46 (@fightfor46) March 17, 2020
“My mom thinks people should start putting up Christmas lights in their windows to remind each other that there is still life & light while we #StayTheFHome. I think she’s on to something,” wrote another.
My mom thinks people should start putting up Christmas lights in their windows to remind each other that there is still life & light while we #StayTheFHome.— Michael 🎧 (@quickbear) March 16, 2020
I think she’s on to something.#DoingMyPartCO #CoronavirusUSA #LightsForLife pic.twitter.com/XHxDyORAcS
Sound On. Lights On. Hearts lifted. ❤️ We had our first confirmed case of #COVID19 in Cheatham County, Tennessee today. Our response is to be the light, and stay home! #FlattenTheCurve y’all. Have yourself a Merry Little Quarantine. 🎄#CoronaVirusChallenge #christmaslights #love pic.twitter.com/HmkTCm5O2Q— Brenda Sparks (@theatreartist) March 19, 2020
From famous singers doing live social media gigs from their homes to commoners singing from their balconies and others sharing their list of quarantine activities, social media is swamped with ideas and efforts of people trying to bring the world together as we all hope for a better tomorrow.
With so many ideas floating around, someone suggested that driving around the localities and looking at the pretty houses decked with fairy lights could also be a social distancing activity. “What if we all put our Christmas lights back up? Then we could get in the car and drive around and look at them. That seems like a fair social distancing activity,” suggested Twitter user Lane Grindle, a Milwaukee-based broadcaster.
What if we all put our Christmas lights back up? Then we could get in the car and drive around and look at them. That seems like a fair social distancing activity.— Lane Grindle (@lanegrindle) March 15, 2020
“All my social distancing homies – get ya lights out today #LightsForLife . . . and the darkness does not overcome it,” wrote another user.
All my social distancing homies - get ya lights out today#LightsForLife— Sarah Bang (@DrBang_Wx) March 17, 2020
. . . and the darkness does not overcome it https://t.co/pg8pVy3Flf
Some also pointed out that procrastination has served them well this time as they just need to switch on the lights that they never took down after Christmas.
“World getting you down? We are so lazy that we never took down our Christmas lights. So, we turned them back on! #behappy #COVID19,” joked one user.
World getting you down? We are so lazy that we never took down our Christmas lights. So, we turned them back on￼! #behappy #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/1k4D9vJodg— April Watkins (@apernywatkins) March 18, 2020
Not just this, but different people are trying different things to make the world a better place with their efforts and time and also spend some moments of relief and laughter with their family members while quarantined with them.
For instance, this teenage girl from Colorado hosted her prom at home and took her parents to it after her school canceled the event owing to the virus outbreak. They had a fun family time which included a lot of music, dancing, and mostly love.
Here is another example of self-isolating residents dancing together to keep their spirits high and also use the time to do positive things.
As many of us are in isolation right now we can use our time to learn new things or pick up a positive habit that would go a long way in keeping us hopeful and in some ways, we could take away happy memories from this time.
- Start a blog and document your feeling about this phase every day. Once we are out of this global pandemic, you can use it to write about anything that interests you.
- Dust off old instruments, books, cameras, and create!
- Start upcycling. Use torn clothes to make garbage bags so you could stop using plastic. Make lamps, wall-hangings out of the spare things in your house.
- Find various online crash courses and learn something new.
The list can go on but make sure you do the things that truly make you happy or that you can continue even after the lockdown.
What are some of the things you are doing to get through this difficult time?