When I returned to Bagni di Lucca a couple of evenings ago I noticed that the Christmas lights were now switched on down the length of the high street. Well, not quite the whole length. There was a problem about how to display them in the Piazza in front of the Circolo dei Forestieri which the light technicians were discussing.
The Christmas crib by the fountain in front of the Circolo, however, was complete. The two large dog statues were also there and made a funny contrast with the rest of the display through their size. I’m sure that the baby Jesus is pleased to be protected by such huge hounds.
The shops have their displays too. It’s good to think that, in spite of the financially hardest Christmas most Italians will be going through this December, the lights are still shining (as they will be shining in most other places around here).
Of course, they are clearly not as spectacular as London’s shopping centre lights but the narrowness of the street and the much lower height of the Bagni di Lucca lights greatly increases their effect. Let us hope too that Bagni di Lucca will never be kept without its lights (as amazingly happened in London’s Oxford Street in the 1970’s when there were no Christmas lights due to another economic crisis).
Incidentally, in London, Regent Street was the first street to display full festive lighting. That was in 1953 after post war restrictions and rationing were lifted in Coronation year.These are the street’s lights for 2014:
These are our own humble lights. The Christmas tree we’d been using for the past nine years just got a little too big for our house so we moved it outside and put a smaller one inside. It’s going to be our tenth Christmas in Longoio!