In the United States, with coronavirus confirmed to have infected every state in the nation and people advised to stay inside their homes, some have taken to social media to suggest putting up Christmas lights to bring cheer to neighbourhoods.

And this spirit is taking hold in parts of the UK, too, with many taking up the idea in the hope of lifting spirits during these sombre times, believing it doubles as a social distancing activity while allowing people to enjoy the lights from the safety of their own homes or cars. For more on the UK side of the story, you can cut and paste this link into your browser: