December has always been my second favorite winter month, with February being the first since my birthday is in that month.
I love being able to get eggnog and all the peppermint goodies, especially the peppermint coffee creamer. But my favorite part of December is all of the Christmas lights decorating the houses.
Every morning on my drive to work, there are two houses that stand out. One is on U.S. 41 near Marquette that has a "Season's Greetings" sign hung between two trees. I love all of the lights and figurines that decorate that yard.
The other house that stands out is on Third Street in Ishpeming. Every window on the house is lit with different colored strands of lights. These houses - and the many other houses in the area decked out in the holiday spirit - always remind me of when I was a kid.
When I was younger, around this time of year, my parents would drive me and my siblings around the neighborhoods so we could look at all the light displays. I was always amazed by how creative and dedicated these people were in decorating their houses.
In downstate Midland every year they would put on a Christmas light show at the fairgrounds. There would be houses, Santa Claus, angels and other Christmas light structures that were set up in the fairgrounds for people to drive through and see.
Seeing these Christmas lights and these house lit up always got me in the Christmas spirit when I was young. I was mesmerized by all the lights and awed by how much work these people must have done just to bring some cheer to their neighbors and passersby.
Seeing houses like this still gets me into the Christmas spirit today.
Seeing houses decorated even in the slightest way takes me back to looking through the car window with eyes wide in amazement. It definitely was a simpler time, but isn't that something most people wish they still had?
Editor's note: Recent Northern Michigan University graduate and Mining Journal Ishpeming Bureau reporter Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.