COLORADO SPRINGS — The hustle and bustle that surrounds the holiday season can sometimes result in forgetting the true meaning of the season.
"In the past the holidays can become burdensome. We can get wrapped up in the materialistic aspect of shopping for everybody," said Troy MacDonald, participant.
While this holiday season is different than ever before, folks in the Banning Lewis Ranch neighborhood are stepping up, hoping a little light might help to brighten each others spirits.
"I think 2020 we just need a little extra cheer this year. We could use a little bit more light to brighten each others spirits," said MacDonald.
It's a yearly contest that Troy MacDonald has always been part of.
"We like to drive around and grab some hot cocoa and go check out what the neighbors have done," said MacDonald.
He says in years past only a few houses on each street would light up, but this year things are a lot brighter.
"I have noticed my neighbors and even people that have never decorated before are just stepping up their game and are really going out," said MacDonald.
That includes first timers, Gabrielle Biegler and her daughter Lillia, who say nothing could stop their festive spirit this year.
"It's kind of been lonely this year because we haven't been reconnected with our family," said Biegler.
They're especially missing their family this Christmas season.
So during these tough times, they wanted to bring some light and make the holidays as special as possible.
"I could be having the worst day and not feeling good, but driving into this neighborhood and seeing everyone participate in the lights is just absolutely amazing and beautiful," said Biegler.
In hopes next year they'll be able to celebrate with their loved ones.