Day Four of Holiday Clickbait: Some Christmas lights…. and a little solstice

A Christmas display on Driftwood Lane. (Photo by Harold Cobin.)

A Christmas display on Driftwood Lane. (Photo by Harold Cobin.)

NORWALK, Conn. — For this, our fourth day of holiday diversions, we bring you a few photos of Christmas lights in Norwalk.

And in the spirit of click bait, we have to say – you won’t believe how nice they are!

OK, I don’t really have the spirit of click bait. If I did, I’d work for some corporation, but the few photos I have are good!

The Setti's House, formerly home to a Christmas Village.

The Setti’s House, formerly home to a Christmas Village.

At left, you can see that Rick and Joan Setti made good on their promise to scale their Christmas displays down. Above, there’s a house near their’s – Harold Cobin figures that without the Setti’s to compete with they did it up.

I found one down the road from Harold, who said they have a child now so they must have decided to make it festive.

Christmas on Mohawk Drive.

Christmas on Mohawk Drive.

Below, here’s a 2011 video that I found posted on the Facebook group We Are From Norwalk CT.

On another note, Chapman Hyperlocal Media Inc. Board Chairman John Levin helped a Shelton man make waves, or at least helped support him going public with it.

Jerry Bloom filed a lawsuit when Shelton denied his application to post an atheist sign near a crèche in the town green last year. This year, Shelton let him do it, and a Connecticut Post front page this week featured a photo of Mr. Bloom, Cary Shaw and John – in pants – with a story about the sign.

Christmas on a Brooklyn brownstone stoop.

Christmas on a Brooklyn brownstone stoop.

If you’ve seen John in City Hall, he was probably wearing Bermuda shorts. Doesn’t matter what time of year.

Not endorsing, just sayin. Here’s a link.

In the continued spirit of alternative celebrations, I also bring you a video from the Atlantic City Press. What a surprise for me – a Presbyterian minister put up a Winter Solstice Labyrinth of Lights behind the Germania Fire House, to make note of the winter solstice.

My son said I need to explain what the heck a labyrinth is. Here’s how it’s explained on St. Paul’s on the Green website:

“A labyrinth is a sacred symbol that can be traced back in history some 3,000 years to ancient Greece. It is a spiritual tool and signifies different things for different people. Each time you walk the labyrinth, you will undoubtedly find something new in the experience.”

Christmas on Toilsome Avenue.

Christmas on Toilsome Avenue. (Photo by Harold Cobin)

You guessed it, St. Paul’s has a labyrinth. Reportedly, there’s one at Norwalk Community College, too, on the East Campus, at the top of the hill between Richards Avenue and the north parking lot. The students made it out of feathers naturally molted by Canada Geese and collected in Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport, a press release said. It’s supposed to be up until the field is mowed in the spring, as the feathers are held in the ground simply by the compression of the soil, but I haven’t been out there to look.

The Press story is not important, I just liked it. About eight years ago I mowed a labyrinth into the field at my mother’s house. I thought I was such a rebel.

I ran around that fire house a lot as a kid; I remember being told there was a game of spin the bottle in that field. Wasn’t my speed.

Later, Mark and I got married in that fire house. Whatever you want to make of that.


One comment

Kay Anderson December 24, 2016 at 10:51 am

Lovely photos – thank you! A little surprised when we drove around yesterday evening at how few lights or decorations are up along Wall Street, Main Street and West avenue, though.

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