Turn Me On
16 November 2021

Thursday night, at about 18:20, I will join up with a few hundred other folks in the city centre, where the festive season – and my ability to actually enjoy it – will officially begin as the city’s Christmas lights will be turned on.
I never did much of Christmas or Birthdays as a kid. I suffered from that near universal seriousness of the young… and seldom allowed myself the space to just enjoy some seasonal silliness, or allowed myself to celebrate for its own sake.
I have only two recollections of Christmas trees, for example. One was a big and impressive tree that belonged to someone else. The other was a tiny little thing hastily put up, declared too much work, and then banished from any future deployments.

Bubbles and myself are getting a big tree. And we’ll decorate it, too.

And all this kicks off when some city employee flips a switch.

If you’ve made up your mind to be happy, or to have a good time, you don’t need much more than flipping a switch.

Peter van der Walt is a fiction author, although you may find some non-fiction and the odd essay out there. Fans can find his newsletter, posts, updates and developments at petervanderwalt.com. Currently, he is hard at work on his next story. When not writing, he has far too many interests to reasonably keep up with. He lives with his partner in Devon, England.