Shining Lights On The Shortest Day
We’re at the longest night and the shortest day – the Winter solstice. But that doesn’t stop the goodwill shining through, as citizens of Liverpool get together to raise money for worthy causes. Every year at this time the Santa Claus wagon trundles past, tannoy blaring out the carols and youngsters running from house to house as they collect for charity. And private festive collaborations are evident too, with neighbours sharing brilliant illuminated phantasies to cheer us all up.
For many years at this time the local Scouts and Guides, and / or members of The Rotary Club, treat us to rousing blasts of carolling, as their respective wagons trundle up the street, with Father Christmas in all his illuminated glory aboard to urge us on to charitable largess. Here are people who give time and energy willingly to raise money for good causes: mums, dads and offspring, smiley teenagers, drivers and supervisors in luminous jackets; everyone has a job to do.
And it’s not just the bigger organisations in our part of town who join in the festivities. Neighbours too – in both suburbs like Aigburth, and in inner city areas such as Dingle-Toxteth, so often pronounced less community-connected – play their part, co-ordinating Christmas illuminations to raise our spirits as we pass by in the gloom of the Winter solstice.
Who says the community spirit isn’t stll alive and shining through to cheer us all in the darkest days of the year?
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Posted on December 21, 2008, in Liverpool And Merseyside, Photographs And Images, Sustainability As If People Mattered, Travel and tagged Christmas, Festivities, Lights, Liverpool, Solstice, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.