He was taking down the last string of outdoor Christmas lights when a little boy with no eyes came up to him. "Hey, Mister, what ya' doing?"
'I'm taking down my Christmas lights."
"What are Christmas lights?"
"Well, young fella, they are strings of little lights that people put on their houses to light the way for the Christ Child. I suppose they also help us chase away the darkness."
"The darkness? What is darkness?" the little boy with no eyes asked in a most inquisitive way.
"Well... let me see ... darkness is where there is no light."
"What is light?"
"It is what allows us to see."
"Could I have some light so that I might see?"
"I am afraid that you have to have eyes to see."
"Could I use your eyes so that I might see your lights?"
The man thought for the longest of moment or two. Then he answered, "Why, of course." So the man once again strung his Christmas lights, then turned them on, and said to the little boy with no eyes, "They are like little bits of color, flashing and sparkling, little bits of light that look much the same but they also look different from one another, much like how lemonade tastes different from orange juice, and much like how brownies smell different from peanut butter cookies. And when you see all the lights the darkness seems to go away for the lights make you feel like smiling.
"Sir, why then do people put their Christmas lights away?"
"I suppose we must get too used them. I reckon."
And so is the reason why the man down the street keeps his Christms lights up all year round.