This is the year — if ever there was one — for lights.

2020 is unprecedented in our lifetimes. It has brought unique challenges, most prominently the novel coronavirus and all of its implications — job losses, social distancing, financial challenges, new fears and that's not all.

But this is the holiday season, and, with that comes the opportunity to look on the bright side.

And Christmas lights will be a reminder to do that.

Those in the community who leave their lights up — and occasionally on — throughout the year are ready to go. Others decked their homes with outside light displays in recent weeks, and it is hoped that many others will join in the annual tradition.

The City of Ketchikan started hanging lighted Christmas decorations from its lamp posts the start of this week. A motor vehicle or two have been seen with lights strung around their roofs.

Lights tend to lift the spirits and can even instill a sense of peace during this dark time of the year. They spark a cheerful attitude, and signal a time of hope.

They're a gift, a gift to all in the community.

Let's get in the giving spirit and light up Ketchikan like never before this 2020 holiday season.