People are putting up Christmas lights to spread cheer during social isolation

Christmas came early this year — nine months early, to be exact.

Since people worldwide are being instructed to practice social distancing, some households have decided to put their Christmas lights and decorations back up in an effort to give everyone something fun to look at from the safety and comfort of their cars.

The idea for an early Christmas came from sports broadcaster Lane Grindle. On March 15, he wrote on Twitter, “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.”

Social media users absolutely loved Grindle’s idea. “What you said made me feel so cheerful. Thank you very much. I just love Christmas!” one Twitter user wrote. “Love this idea. Spread cheer!!!!” another person responded.

Though Grindle proposed his idea just a few days ago, it hasn’t taken long for people to break out their Christmas lights and bring back the holiday spirit.

On social media, people are sharing tons of pictures of Christmas displays around their neighborhood.

“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,” one Twitter user wrote next to some photos of her brightly lit neighborhood.

“Thank you for this great idea at a dark time!” another Twitter user wrote alongside a photo of her house adorned with lights.

During these trying times, a little bit of Christmas spirit is exactly what everyone needs.

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