Saturday, 28 November 2009

PhotoHunter theme # 189 Technology - Electric Lighting

This week's PhotoHunt theme # 189 is "Technology".
Electric lighting is a technology that has changed our world entirely. One example is how we decorate for Christmas. Elisabet is checking to see if there are enough batteries in her Lucia-crown that she plans to wear on the 13th of December. The original tradition was to wear lighted, wax candles, which meant that most wearers wrapped a damp towl on their head under the candled-crown, and could only wear this fire-hazard the short time it takes to slowly and majestically step in and around a room, and sing a few Lucia-songs.
A Christmas tree with real candles was also only lit for a short time, and as the high point of a gathering, and then all the candles were quickly snuffed out. A brightly lit room in the evening, was something unusual, expensive and exclusive; something for a very special occation.
Modern electric lighting lets us continue working or playing long after the sun has set.
And perhaps this is longer than our bodies and souls were meant to stay awake.
In a time when only live fire was a source of light outside of the light of day, fire was an ever-present threat. You never left a room with a candle burning. An empty room was also a dark room.
Tomorrow is the first of Advent. We will put up our electric window-lights to mark this. It is a chore I do each year to make our house look cheerier for passers-by during the gloomiest time of the year.
Don't curse the darkness.
Switch a light on instead!


[Footnote # 1: Many of the ideas expressed in this post were inspired by Anden i Lampan (1993) by Jan Garnert. It is translated into English as well as Chinese.
To find out more please visit Jan Garnert's site:]

[Footnote #2: What or who is or was Lucia? What happens on the 13th of December? Does this all have anything to with something that happens on the 10th of December? If you think you know, write a comment and share with others!]



Daisy said...

Ah, so cute! And so much safer than hot wax and flames near your head!

jams o donnell said...

Aww what a cute use of technology! Happy weekend

Mrs Mecomber said...

Oh that is so adorable! If only we could somehow channel the abounding energy of children, though!

My Photo Hunt is up! Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Mecomber
New York

CherryPie said...

A very nice idea for the theme :-)

Carver said...

Great post for the theme and I love the shot of the adorable child.

marta said...

Nice St Lucia crown. I agree - there are so many pluses and minuses with technology. But I know we couldn't live without it today.

Alice Audrey said...

That is just too cute!

Sorry you missed my PhotoHunt. It's further down the page. The street picture is for a different project - like of like NaBlo.

Life Ramblings said...

what an adorable child and i love the crown technology. i could imagine that your house would look delightful with those window- lights too. great take on the theme.

Manang Kim said...

Hope I could make an advent wreath. I like that candle hat very cool!

Mine is up PhotoHunt~ATM

Willa @ PixelMinded said...

what a great tradition to enjoy more now than ever bec of the help of technology. :)

Marites said...

first time i've seen that cool hat! nice!

Furkidsmom said...

What a great idea!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Jerry said...

There is no doubt that electricity has had a profound impact on our lives. I had never thought of it in this context though! *smile*

Great shot for this week's theme.

Anonymous said...

Oh, please do tell me where to buy this headdress! Electric or battery powered ... who'd have thought! If this is your daughter, she is beautiful!

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