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Sing along… Always look on the bright side of life (whistles)


Above / ‘Tis the season when the fountain near the entrance to City Hall is turned off for the year and the space now is decorated for the holidays. Cheers to the twinkling bright side of life with memories of Monty Python and the difference a day can make!

What a difference a day makes

What a difference a day makes… Twenty-four little hours…

Lord, what a difference a day makes… And 30 years make a difference, too!

A sunny afternoon along the Riverwalk captures a view of Naperville Municipal Center. (PN Photo, Nov. 25, 2023)

Did you know?

Back in 1993 when the Naperville Municipal Center was new and Sam Macrane served as Mayor, Naperville’s population signs posted “89,000.” By 2000, the population was 128,358. Today it’s about 148,000. Recently, we changed the cover on the PN FB page to reflect this bright image of City Hall.

Rambin’ right along…

The photos of the Naperville Municipal Center pictured above and below were taken across the quarry near the Gregory Gazebo on the last weekend in November, first under clear sunny skies on Nov. 25, then during snow flurries on Nov. 26.  Both photos were taken late in the afternoon. And what a difference a day makes!

“What a Difference a Day Makes” was a hit song by Dinah Washington in 1959. The optimistic song is an English translation of Mexican songwriter María Grever’s 1934 Spanish-language song “Cuando vuelva a tu lado.

A snowy afternoon along the Riverwalk captures a view of Naperville Municipal Center. (PN Photo, Nov. 26, 2023)

These two photos show just how quickly 24 hours can make a difference between sunshine and overcast skies. While the atmosphere in the second photo might appear dismal, unlike the sunny photo, joyful noises were coming from nearby Rotary Hill where kids were sledding in the new fallen snow.

Listening to the sounds of children at play brought a brightened sense of gratitude for the linear park all along the DuPage River in the heart of downtown Naperville, a special place that changes, of course, every 24 hours.

In case you’re interested, here’s a rendition of “What a Difference a Day Makes” by Dinah Washington, singing the song she’s known to sing better than anyone. And more than likely, you’ll not get the song out of your head.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmBxVfQTuvI.

Happy holidays on the bright side!

And while we’re transitioning from one day to the next… The front page of the Daily Herald on Nov. 29, 2023, features a photo of the Scott family home illuminated for the holidays, spotlighting this year’s theme devoted to 33-year-old American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.
Though PN has yet to see this year’s creative display imagined by the Scott family (Brian and Amy, and their daughters, Emily and Rebecca), we found a few photos saved in our archives. From one year to the next, the well-lighted house at 1228 Atlas Lane has attracted our attention! 
The Scotts’ home for the holidays in 2018. (PN File Photo)
The Scotts’ home for the holidays in 2019. (PN File Photo)
Note the good humor of the minimalist neighbor who placed an arrow on his roof to direct attention to the spectacular holiday spirit right next door on Atlas Lane. (PN File Photo, 2019)
The Scotts’ home for the holidays in 2020. (PN File Photo)

Looking to enjoy all the bright lights around town with a choice among three tours on most dates from now through Dec. 27? Check out the December calendar with daily availability (except not Christmas) and book a seat on Naperville Trolley and Tours. Trolley la la la, la la la la.

Cheers to experiencing the joys of the season one day at a time.

Check back to this post sometime soon. No doubt we’ll update it by featuring another photo of a great Scott family home aglow for the season. —PN

Dec. 1, 2023 / Seeing is believing! Take in a view of the 2023 Swiftmas where there’s a lot going on here for the holidays.

Never be so clever you forget to be kind. Merry Christmas from 1228 Atlas Lane! Cheers for Little Friends.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Official Lyric Video)

Check out what’s new at the beautifully decorated Believe House at 630 Vicksburg Court, just off Williamburg Drive. (PN File Photo)

Thanks to family, friends and neighbors for making the holiday season bright from one neighborhood to the next.




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