December 26, 2005

Jesus Expects Fireworks?

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, one could count on fireworks twice a year. Fireworks were always an essential part of the 4th of July celebrations. Most cities would have official fireworks displays on the night of the 4th, and many people would throw their money away buying fireworks for home use. One could generally expect to hear exploding fireworks until about 10pm. The second time was New Year's Eve, although this was a much lower key thing. There were no big, organized displays and virtually no family-oriented fireworks. Instead, there tended to be a bunch of drunk high school kids using them in a haphazard manner. On this night, one would expect to hear fireworks until about 1am.

I observed a similar pattern while living in Colorado except that hearing fireworks on New Year's Eve was something of a rarity.

Here in the South, there appears to be a regional obsession with fireworks unlike anything I had previously experienced. While organized displays only happen on July 4, most families appear to include fireworks in their celebration of the 4th, New Year's Eve, Halloween, and as I recently learned, even Christmas. Evidently, Jesus expects fireworks. Moreover, he expects them to continue all night. What he does not expect, however, is for those shooting fireworks into other people's yards to clean up the mess of spent fireworks. The other differences is the type of fireworks we're talking about. Families around here are using the high-powered stuff that I had only previously seen during city-sponsored displays. The day after each of these holidays, I get to celebrate by picking up debris from my yard.

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