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Light contest brightens up Linden Woods

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“Candy Cane Lane” in Linden Woods (pictured above in a file photo) has been brightening up the neighbourhood for years.

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“Candy Cane Lane” in Linden Woods (pictured above in a file photo) has been brightening up the neighbourhood for years. Photo Store Photo Store

The holiday season is a time for giving and sharing with loved ones. 

It’s a time to count one’s blessings and reflect on the year that has passed as we look forward to the year ahead. It’s a time when communities come together to share in common goals and even a few laughs over a meal or drink. It is also a time when neighbours make just a little more time for neighbours.

Some of that sharing is expressed in Christmas light displays, as people look to brighten the longer nights with colourful and inviting displays. Time and technology has meant progressively more interesting displays.

Some residents in Linden Woods have been teaming up to share in the festive season for over a decade. It started with a few neighbours getting together to decorate their street in a candy cane motif. It started with just a few and has now encompassed just about everyone. Since then, "Candy Cane Lane" has continued to flourish and attract those who love a great lights display.

It could have ended there, but one of the great drivers of positive change is competition, and others in Linden Woods would not be outdone. This friendly competition has led to other streets taking up the charge to host the best and most creative lights displays. From polar bears to reindeer, the neighbourhood takes on a magical appeal this time of year. People from all over Manitoba will drive to Linden Woods to share in the joy created by these colourful light displays.

Competition often gets a bad rap as something to be avoided, but friendly competition is the basis for healthy communities and a stronger, more vibrant economy. Competition means better pricing and better service. It inspires people to be better and as a result our community grows. In this case, a little friendly competition has brought a community together and helped light up the holidays.

I’m pretty sure, based on the scope of these displays, there’s no chance Santa will miss the neighbourhood this year.

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