Lisa Ohmer adds a string of lights around her railing at her Merion Village home. Ohmer encouraged her neighbors to leave their Christmas lights up through the spring as a show of community and optimism during a difficult time.

With Xmas two months previous, Lisa Ohmer recently uncovered herself exterior her Merion Village dwelling lastly hanging up her holiday break lights.

January might be the time of yr when most men and women are getting down their Christmas shows — not placing them up — but Ohmer experienced excellent reason for the belated festive decorating. Amid the uncertainties and anxieties of an unparalleled 12 months, Ohmer under no circumstances obtained all around to hanging her lights prior to Christmas, as she commonly does.

But as she was walking her dog the day just after Xmas, she took a instant to revel in the splendid gentle shows that line the streets of her neighborhood. She then became unhappy to imagine that her neighbors might soon be dismantling the seasonal decorations.

An notion happened to her: What if men and women were being to only depart their lights on show as a show of solidarity while the community weathers the coronavirus pandemic and, maybe, as a indication of help for health-care employees?