After many long nights of wandering lands where Lumi was the only light for miles around, he saw a beautiful beam of light shooting into the air off in the distance. As he got closer and closer his sense of wonder grew. When he found the gate to “LUMI-noCity,” Lumi was amazed. This city was perfect for him - it even shared his name! So now, just like you, Lumi’s journey into this world of light begins. What will you discover? Who will you meet? Are you as curious and excited as Lumi?
After passing through the gates, Lumi encountered a breathtaking unicorn. “Hello Lumi,” she said with a warm, knowing smile. “How does she know my name?” Lumi thought. “We’re glad you’re back among us”. “Back? But this is my first time here,” he thought.The light from the Unicorn’s horn waxed and waned like the moon. She looked at the path behind them, saying, “In this season of long nights, the time we celebrate with others shines even brighter. You have much to learn tonight, Lumi, and your sweetest rewards will be the ones you share.” In a flash, her horn cast a beam of light, streaking the sky like a comet!Lumi’s adventure had just begun.
The first thing to catch Lumi’s attention was so tall, he thought it was a lighthouse. Lumi had never seen such a tall Christmas Tree. But it seemed incomplete. Lumi saw the people standing around the tree, holding hands and singing songs together. It inspired Lumi to string the lights together in celebration. When he held the branches and wires of the tree, he completed the conduit, and the tree lit up in a beautiful barrage of new colors. Sleeping inside the tree, several woodland animals, like squirrels and owls, were startled by the light, and scampered off deeper into the forest. Lumi playfully chased after them, wondering who else he would meet.
Lumi wandered away from the Unicorn’s path and found a whole new adventure, one filled with massive lizards who had never seen electricity and never met a lightbulb like himself. Lumi reached out to shake the dinosaur’s tiny hands but was met by a toothy roar. Lumi was surprised and shaken to his core: his own filament popped dark as he ran away. The dinosaur chased after Lumi, splashing through creeks and knocking down trees. Lumi hid around a warm mountain, surprised to learn that not everyone is as happy to meet him... as he is to meet them.
Lumi discovered the rock next to him was, in fact, a simmering volcano. Inside the volcano was warmth and light, magma and...dinosaur eggs. When Lumi touched them, they lit from within. At this moment, he understood why the dinosaur had chased him: the dinosaur didn’t think Lumi was a threat, he just didn’t know that Lumi was a friend! Even animals that roar and chase you can be loving parents when protecting their eggs. Lumi hugged one of the eggs and felt his glow returning. He caught his breath and left the volcano.
Beyond the volcano, Lumi found a lush forest filled with animals he had never before seen. He found a family of black and white pandas, lazily chewing on lengths of bamboo. Lumi couldn’t even dent the bamboo with his teeth. “Isn’t there anything else you’d like to eat?” Lumi suggested. The Papa Panda smiled. “No. Pandas love bamboo. Other animals don’t, but they can be happy eating other things. It’s just more for them, and more bamboo for us.”The panda chuckled as Lumi picked bamboo fibers from his teeth. In their shared laughter, Lumi felt his light brighten, and with the baby pandas, they made shadow-puppets against the stone cliffs by the waterfalls. “We have more in common than we don’t,” the Papa Panda told Lumi, “Remember this on your journey, for there is a sweet reward for people who practice kindness.” With that, the panda winked, and Lumi said his good-byes.
The smell of hot chocolate. The sounds of wrappers unfurling and children giggling. Lumi walked into a third and wondrous world: The Neighborhood of Sweets! Taffy, nougat, chocolate, frosted cupcakes, and sugared fruits sparkled like a field of stars. Lumi collected a basket of goodies and realized there were people behind him, waiting in line.After all he had seen from his adventures tonight, how could he not share what he had collected? Lumi traded licorice for bubblegum, peanut butter for sprinkles...and the sharing made the candy taste even sweeter. Lumi was hugged and hugged back and felt his light growing inside, his heart reaching super-nova levels.“This is why we have these festivals,” Lumi thought, “so we can share and learn from each other. I am not just a bulb in a string, I am a member of a neighborhood.” Lumi joined children and their families in holding hands. With a basket full of sugar, ears filled with songs, and a heart filled with light, Lumi saw the final stretch of his journey: the twinkling streets of New York City.Will you share Lumi’s stories? Will you spread your smile to those you meet? Not all light comes from a screen or a lightbulb. The light that shines brightest, is the one in your heart.