I hereby offer to spend an $500 extra on Christmas gifts this holiday season, at downtown Charlottetown merchants, if the people behind the Maritime Electric Victorian Winter Festival do away with the abominable and inane Christmas lights that have littered the downtown for the past two years.
If I can find, say, 50 allies, that’s an additional $25,000 more in the pockets of downtown businesses. Which, I would hazard a guess, is significantly more than the light orgy results in. Takers?
I personally enjoy the gaudy excess of overdone X-mas light displays.
Try living across the street.
I applaude you but as I expect that the display sends away more than it attracts, rather than offer to spend $500.00 more downtown, I will offer to actually consider returning to and not shunning the downtown as part of my Christmas shopping pattern.
By the way, can anyone resurrect the impossibly inflated price claimed by MEC as its cost for the lights? I remember laughing out loud at the silliness of the claim but not the actual amount.
Used to work diagonally across from the Confed Centre at a local computer shop and I always enjoyed the lights on the walls of the Centre, as well as the downtown decorations in general. Last year I went down for the official lighting and there was quite a large number of people who braved the cold to celebrate. Perhaps the grinch should close his curtains!
I am not anti-Christmas, anti-ritual, anti-celebration nor even anti-lights. I am anti-ugly, and the lights are garrish. For me it’s all about aesthetics. My offer is simply this: I am willing to invest more in my community if my community gets less ugly.
Ditto, Peter! I am a bit anti-Victoriana but that just is a sub-class of ther relevant garrish issue here.
I must admit I do like lights, but I strongly disagree with such a waste of energy! I would hate to have that electricity bill.
“I’d hate to have that electricity bill,” says Sandy… Unless you have your own power supply, I’d dare say you do, in your own small way, have that electricity bill.
I don’t like the lights. I can’t get past the wasted energy and money that it costs. Perhaps, as Peter says, it was less ugly, I’d be more appreciative.
The whole Wintertide “Festival” bugs me, actually. Seems that if someone puts a hat on a horse, they feel they have the right to call it a festival. I’m embarrassed by some of the ‘events’ that occur during this two-month long celebration. The Ch’town xmas parade is so local-yokle. But then, so is the Gold Cup parade, and don’t get me started on that… that is all.
To Rob MacD: unfortunately you hit on the wrong example here: Sandy has written in this space how her family is indeed off the grid, powering their home with solar. But your point is taken.
Garish is a good word. I saw “ugly” and “silliness” too. All good words for this bonanza of unimaginative festing.
That aside, what I find hard to square is how this intersects with the “green power” initiative that MEC / Fortis launched recently. Perhaps if they put up a functional windmill to generate the power (al la the Netherlands — where Santa came from in the first place) or put a human-sized tread mill so those who like this gluttonous waste can power it themselves.
Kevin (and Sandy), you’re right: although my comments were aesthetically based, there’s an energy issue here. The entire lights orgy is akin to setting up a booth selling steaming cups of pork lard in the centre of town: not healthy for anyone.
Count yourself fortunate that you don’t live in North Rustico at this time of year…
Also, how offensive is a 100 Watt baby Jesus, really?
Oh, and in the spirit of the Victorian era… garish *is* actually the style. Check out any heritage wallpaper book.