Panama City resident puts up Christmas lights to lift spirits during pandemic

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - With the never-ending line of news about COVID-19, one Panama City resident and her family are doing what they can to bring good tidings to their community.

Melanie Bowen's Christmas decorations she hopes will bring joy to her neighbors. (WJHG/WECP)

This time of year, many would greet each other with a simple hello or goodbye, but for Melanie Bowen, she is saying "Merry Christmas."

Bowen and her family decided that instead of sitting around doing nothing while social distancing, they would bring out their Christmas lights in hopes of spreading some not-so-seasonal cheer.

"People thought it was kind of silly at first but when I explained that I am just trying to bring the monotony of making people smile, they liked it. I'm trying to get everybody. I put it on Facebook "Everybody get your Christmas lights out." Let's spread some joy and make the kids happy because they're going through a lot too," said Bowen

Bowen said that if she is still social distancing in April, she may have to go out and buy some more decor.

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