It's a worldwide trend and Greater Manchester's getting on board with it.
This isn't one for the 'bah humbugs' amongst us.
Is there any fuzzier feeling than the feeling you get when you first put your Christmas decorations up? It's tough to beat.
We could probably do with more of that fuzzy feeling right about now, couldn't we? This is why people across the world are putting their Christmas lights back up as a way of spreading a bit of festive cheer at a time when we really need it most.
The idea seems to have kick started across the pond, being suggested on Twitter as a "fair social distancing activity" amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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
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
It soon started to catch on and the #LightsForLife hashtag, probably one of the most feel-good hashtags knocking about on social media at the moment, was born.
My youngest son was bored today and said, "can we put Christmas lights on our tree outside to cheer us up?" Great idea buddy. Lights are on tonight as a sign of hope and the sweet mind of my 10 year old. #Rhodeisland #hope #lovemysons #Christmas #Cumberland pic.twitter.com/qhVjeuLc02— Mike Griffin (@rhodyknowsbest) March 16, 2020
My Christmas lights are back on, cause this is what I need right now. ☘️? pic.twitter.com/buOl0cTNDq— Pam Swan (@prairieswan) March 18, 2020
Realising what a popular trend #LightsForLife has become, Greater Manchester has decided to give it a good go.
A post on the WHYTHENSHAWE 1 community Facebook group, showing a street full of self-isolating households in the South Manchester suburb all lit up in an act to spread joy, has amassed hundreds of likes upon sharing yesterday evening.
We all need a bit of light at the moment, so why not take that literally? Nice one Wythenshawe.
We doubt it'll be long before other towns and villages across the borough follow suit!