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12/22/2017
Bright lights

A favorite part of the original Christmas story is the bright star that guided three wise men to Bethlehem, the site of the Christ child’s birth.

Today, the twinkle of lights continue as part of Christmas celebrations. From the quiet, warm glow of a candlelight church service to the brilliant sparkle of large displays, light enhances the holiday season — especially in northern regions with limited daylight.

It’s wonderful to see how Ketchikan embraces lighting during this season. The City of Ketchikan’s street lighting displays set the stage, and many businesses and homeowners throughout the Ketchikan Gateway Borough participate in the tradition with lighting displays of their own.

Some of the particularly marvelous home displays are honored every year by the Ketchikan Chapter of AARP and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547, which cosponsor the annual Christmas Home Lighting Contest.

A list of the 2017 contest honorees can be found in this edition of the Ketchikan Daily News. We encourage folks to enjoy the light displays created by their friends and neighbors.

In our island communities, boats can serve as light display platforms, too.

Metlakatla on Wednesday evening enjoyed its second-annual boat parade, which, organized by Albert Smith and the fleet, featured eight decorated vessels and fireworks.

Ketchikan’s boat parade, coordinated by the Southeast Alaska Petroleum Resource Organization and the Ketchikan Fire Department, is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the Peninsula Point area and voyage south down Tongass Narrows — weather permitting.

The effort that goes into creating display and organizing events is greatly appreciated. The lights truly do help make our spirits bright for Christmas.