Christmas in Australia is very different to the northern hemisphere. There is no snow, no sleigh bells, no chestnuts roasting on an open fire. It is hot. Stinking hot. The contrast could not be greater. We celebrate by going to the beach, swimming in the pool and feasting on prawns. We’ve even created our own carols singing, “Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden ute.” (You might like to look here or here for an Aussie take on snowy Christmas carols.)

With me here in Australia, and many readers residing in the US and other northern countries, I want to unite us this Christmas. Are there common Christmas traditions regardless of the weather?

Lights. Christmas lights. All nations decorate with lights at Christmas. Some more than others.

Then I had the thought: the One who came to unite us all appeared as light at Christmas. The Light to pierce through the darkness.

Isaiah 9:2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.

For the next seven weeks we will celebrate the Light. And I would love you to celebrate with me with your photos of lights at Christmas.

Share pictures of homes lit up or your beautifully decorated tree (like I did). Photograph spectacular light displays and parades. Who knows, they may even appear on the blog (with your permission of course).

So like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter or Instagram (I’ll follow back, I promise). Tag me in your Christmas light photos, #celebrateLight and let’s share the Light more than ever this Christmas.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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