Liverpool resident wants Queens lit for Christmas

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A Liverpool resident is encouraging people to decorate for Christmas and spread some cheer during these COVID-19 times.

Tracy Samuels is the organizer of the Facebook page, Light Up Queens For Christmas, encouraging people to add some Christmas lights and decorations for everyone to enjoy this season. Closer to Christmas, she will identify the geographic areas in Queens County where lights are shining best.

She is also hoping that some will drive around and do a live recording of decorated homes as Christmas approaches, or do a video tour of decorated homes in Queens and put it on the Facebook page for people to enjoy.

“Going for a drive to look at the lights was one of my big childhood memories and you never forget that. I was so excited to get in the car, put some Christmas music on and go for that drive,” said Samuels. “I kind of hope this will encourage more people to decorate and bring back some of the old-fashioned Christmas and family time.”

She will be starting a couple of lists. One, for people that may need some help decorating, and a list of those willing to help decorate.

Samuels began a Facebook page, Let’s Light Up The World, back in March when COVID-19 began. Today, the page has 18,000 followers.

“The idea came from my nieces that live in the city. They put a heart in their window with lights because we were going into the pandemic and things were being shut down,” said Samuels. On the page, she not only encouraged people to add some lights to their home or yard to bring a little joy, but also to add an uplifting note, song, or poem onto the page

“This time, I had a friend say that I should start something up for the Liverpool area, because who knows if we will be able to celebrate Christmas with family and friends this year,” said Samuels. “So, she said maybe if you get the word out there, people will start lighting up their house and yards at Christmas time,” said Samuels. “I hope this idea takes off and hope it can shed some light into some lives.”

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin