With Christmas two weeks past, Lisa Ohmer recently found herself outside her Merion Village home finally hanging up her holiday lights.
January might be the time of year when most people are taking down their Christmas displays — not putting them up — but Ohmer had good reason for the belated festive decorating. Amid the uncertainties and anxieties of an unprecedented year, Ohmer never got around to hanging her lights prior to Christmas, as she typically does.
But as she was walking her dog the day after Christmas, she took a moment to revel in the splendid light displays that line the streets of her community. She then became sad to think that her neighbors might soon be dismantling the seasonal decorations.
An idea occurred to her: What if people were to simply leave their lights on display as a show of solidarity while the community weathers the coronavirus pandemic and, perhaps, as a sign of support for health-care workers?
“I was thinking of how cheerful it looked and how it would look when it’s gone, which is gray and gloomy,” said the 53-year-old Ohmer, a Realtor. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if people just kept them up for