From the moment we’re able to distinguish between them, colors play an integral part in our lives. We color-coordinated our clothes and decorated rooms according to the colors we like – some of us may even have a favorite one. We marvel when we see a rainbow and enjoy bright seasonal lights.
Kicking off the Holiday Season
A lot of people associate the beginning of the holiday season that leads up to Christmas with the annual tree lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Dates vary, year-on-year, but usually remain around the end of November. This year, the Christmas tree lights are going to be turned on, on the 30th of November.
This tradition is nearly a century old and began when workers at the Rockefeller Center put their money together to buy a Christmas tree in 1931. It was 20 feet high. They decorated it with handmade garlands made by their families. After this, Rockefeller decided to make this a Christmas tradition, with the first lighting ceremony in December 1933.
Today, there are more than 50,000 multicolored LED lights on the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. The Swarovski star has 70 spikes and is covered in 3 million crystals. Both will adorn an 82-foot Norway Spruce that’s 50 feet wide and weighs around 14 tons.
Our Interest in Vibrant Colors
Our fascination with bright lights tends to come from how our memories process the colors before us. We’re naturally drawn to colors, and the different colored lights can also trigger dopamine, more commonly known as the ‘feel-good chemical’.
Our affinity for bright colors is the reason many of us are drawn to rainbows. When we get to see this natural phenomenon, we’re in awe of how it appears. You might even want to see whether you can get that inevitable pot of gold from playing Rainbow Riches before a leprechaun claims it!
These rainbows will add a splash of color to your day as you travel along the Road to Riches. It’s perhaps one of the few times we get to enjoy all the bright colors of the rainbow at any time of the day or night.
Bright colors are also used throughout the year, during times that have significance for many of us, like Christmas, the 4th of July, Diwali, which is the Festival of Light, and birthdays. Seeing these bright colors against a dark backdrop is something that most of us like to see and marvel at, which perhaps explains why there are outside light events, just like the Rockefeller Christmas Tree event, that are held, mainly throughout the winter months, when it’s usually darker earlier.
Color is something that always surrounds us. They’re known to affect our moods and can play an important role in what we buy, such as a bag, shoes, or even a car. The fact is, color plays an important role in our lives, whether we know it or not. So the next time color features in your life, stop and take a moment to think about why you’ve chosen the one you have and how it makes you feel.