Just as the old Christmas carol reminds us, it’s the season to be jolly!

For the next 23 days, many of us will be preparing for Christmas. Starting last Sunday and going until Dec. 6, our Jewish neighbors will be celebrating Hanukkah. Those celebrating Kwanzaa will begin celebrating Dec. 26 and ending Jan. 1.

And, of course, we don’t want to leave out our Festivus (for the rest of us) endulgers, who, of course, celebrate Dec. 23.

It’s a great time of year. And Northeast Ohio is a great place to celebrate.

So many homes are beautifully decorated. It’s a treat to drive around looking at the yard displays at night.

Perhaps the most magnificent street in the western suburbs is Seabury Avenue in Fairview Park. Each year since 2012, the neighbors do an outstanding job of making the half-mile stretch into a wonderland of lights. Some of the special displays feature lit dogs, grinches, giant presents, unbelievable light displays and swags.

Although you can drive it, it’s well worth the time and effort to walk the distance if weather permits.

But that’s not the only street in Fairview Park. It inspired others, especially the area around Bain Park. A person could spend an entire evening looking at these wonderful displays.

And please be respectful by not turning around in the driveways!

The light displays aren’t limited to Fairview Park. There are many that would make Clark Griswold envious.

At 22200 Lake Road in Rocky River, there is a light and music display that features 45,000 LED lights.

In Avon Lake at 194 Fay Ave., there is a display that has 50,000 lights.

And those are just two!

Cleveland’s Public Square will definitely put a person in the Christmas mood. Just a quick trip through it will allow a person to enjoy the beauty.

This Saturday, both Rocky River and Lakewood have special days.

Light Up Lakewood runs from 4-8 p.m. and features music venues, booths and a parade that begins at 5:30. The festivities include the lighting of the tree at 6:30. A fireworks display will begin at 7:30.

In the Old Detroit Road area of Rocky River, there will be musicians, balloon artists and carriage rides to go along with the festivities.

In the evening, there will be a first-ever car parade, followed by a community sing-along.

Are these the only activities? No. Please check out the list of activities on page 15.

If you just want to stay at home and relax, watch a movie. Yes, it’s repeated, but “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is special, as is the original “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

If you don’t like any of the above, perhaps watching the 1951 “A Christmas Carol” with Alastair Sim, George C. Scott or any of the others will teach you something.

Goodwill to all and bless us, everyone.

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