Social media trend has people putting up Christmas lights to spread cheer during COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 2:20 PM, Mar 18, 2020

Christmas won't come for more than nine months, but that isn't stopping many from putting up their Christmas lights amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In recent days, several people on social media have said that they or their neighbors have turned on Christmas lights to lift the spirits of quarantined neighbors.

The trend appears to have begun with Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcaster Lane Grindle. On Sunday, Grindle suggested that putting up Christmas lights would make a fun activity for families while still maintaining proper social distancing.

In recent days, it appears many have followed suit.

The push for Christmas lights is just the latest holiday push to spark some cheer amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday in the Cleveland area, a man held his own St. Patrick's Day parade to spread Irish cheer to his neighbors.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.