Virginia man joins nationwide movement by putting Christmas lights back up to lift spirits

With so much concern and confusion about the coronavirus, a Virginia man is hoping to spread some joy and cheer with Christmas lights.

For Michael Harless, it’s Christmas time in March.

“It’s just happiness. It’s cheer. I was thinking about a time back in the 80′s during Christmas when everything was closed, and you couldn’t get anywhere and we were still happy, and I thought: if I could see my lights right now, I would feel better, I would feel happy," said Harless.

Uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic is causing many to feel stress and worry.

“That not knowing makes us a little bit more afraid," said Harless.

To curb that fear, his mission is to put a smile on people’s faces.

“If I’m driving by, it makes me excited, so imagine what a kid is going to be like if they see this popping up," said Harless.

But Harless is also eager to spark a movement. He’s working with a company in Texas called “The Christmas Light Emporium,” spreading the campaign message to “put your lights back up!”