Shine a light

Published 9:53 pm Thursday, October 27, 2011

Even though city officials steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the holiday that they’ll be celebrating during the 2011 Holiday Parade, there’s no reason the folks who participate can’t spread true Christmas cheer with the floats and motorized and marching units they bring downtown on Dec. 10.

This year, despite Suffolk administrators’ resolute policy of avoiding the C-word, Christmas, the parade’s nighttime start and its “Light Up the Night …” theme work perfectly to give folks an opportunity to proclaim the joyous news that gives us a holiday to celebrate.

Those who choose to follow that babe born in a manger in Jerusalem two millennia ago can take the opportunity to spread the word that He is the light of the world, the One who came to shatter the darkness of sin in which unrepentant man is lost. Floats with mangers, stars, wise men and thousands of twinkling lights could help tell the story.

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But the message of Christmas isn’t just for Christians. This dark world needs light, and Suffolk’s “Light Up the Night …” theme is the perfect chance for people of all religious persuasions — or none — to push back against the darkness. Electric fireplaces, strands of Christmas lights and other twinkling LED lights all will help to brighten the night and lift holiday spirits.

It has been a long time since Suffolk’s Christmas parade was held at night, and there’s a feeling of excitement among city officials about the opportunities that a return to evening festivities will bring. If your organization is interested in participating, call 514-4130 for more information about how to get involved.

This Christmas, help spread a little light.