Angie and Lee had always celebrated Christmas with all of the hustle and bustle that goes with it. There was a lot of shopping, baking, cooking, and decorating to be done each year. Together, they would choose and chop down their own Christmas tree. Once home, they decorated the tree together, too. They always felt it never had enough lights.
Lights weren't just hung on the Christmas tree, though. They also put lights outside. They strung them around the windows of the house and along the edge of the roof. They hung them on the top of the fence and along the garage's roof, too. The final touch was the big, lighted wreath that hung outside, around the stained glass window.
Times and circumstances have ways of changing our lives, if not who we are. Lee had been forced to change jobs when the plant closed. A year of financial struggles ensued, resulting in many changes for them. There would be no lights hung outside, and there would be no Christmas tree this year. Lee knew he wouldn't be home for Christmas, as trucking usually takes you far from home for weeks at a time. It was not his choice, nor was it hers, but this is the way it had to be for now.
Before Lee left for his long over-the-road trip, he brought up the big lighted wreath from the basement storage. He then took it outside, hooked it up, and hung the wreath around the stained glass window, just like they had always done. He did it for her because he knows she loves the holidays, with their warm and welcoming lights. This love is one of their many connections, even when they must be apart. They love each other, no matter where they are.
In the midst of the darkness, the light is there at home, burning because of him and for him. Always.