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Christmas Lights

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I love to look at folks’ Christmas lights. Driving around town in the last few days before Christmas, and then coming back to drink hot chocolate are some of my favorite childhood memories. Of course, this year, it might be refreshing lemonade rather than hot chocolate. Sheesh!!

Some decoration choices amuse me. Not so much the mixing of colored lights with white, or having a nativity right next to an inflatable Santa—those are enough for a chuckle, for sure, but I still appreciate the effort. Down the street from me, there’s some industrious soul who strung lights across his entire roof in a way that forms a multi-color star. Of course, the fringe of the roof has those “icicle” lights all the way around, competing for attention. Again, those are personal choices expressing how those folks feel about decorating.

The ones that really crack me up are the lights that are mostly in regular trees, not Christmas trees. Unless you have a city government worker with time on their hands and a cherry picker to get to the top branches, most people, IMHO, should shy away from decorating trees in their yard. Inevitably, it looks like they ran out of lights or of patience—and it’s probably both. The house at the corner of my street has a string of lights circling the trunk, and a string slung haphazardly into the lower branches. I can just imagine the conversation.

Wife: Honey, look what I bought today. Wouldn’t these cute lights look great in our tree?
Husband: (grunt)
Kids: Yeah, c’mon dad. We’ll help

Cut to scene, kids totally ignoring dad on ladder trying to stretch cheap lights from China long enough to nicely frame the tree.

Husband: Screw this! (Wraps bulk of light around trunk, throws remainder into branches)


How about y’all? Do you enjoy looking at lights? Any special memories?

Had four glasses of water today; only about half a softdrink; one tiny piece of fudge at work | For lunch: a chicken salad sandwich in pita bread; for dinner: spaghetti (made by Jane, yay!)


Written by blogicalinks

December 13, 2007 at 8:29 pm

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  1. I have an ex-brother-in-law who got very obsessive about lights. He figured out that the multi-color lights were a pattern of 5 colors, so he would buy sets in multiples of 5, then remove all of the colors except 1, and reinsert the same color in each strand. Then bushes got green lights, windows got yellow lights, and so on.

    Thanks for the personal challenge update, too. Have you considered switching to Coke Zero and Sprite Zero? IMHO, they taste just like the ‘real’ thing, but have no calories. Might be a good intermediate step to ween you off the drinks?


    December 13, 2007 at 10:56 pm

  2. Well, “someone” and I tried to do a “Go look at holiday lights and spend an afternoon touring holiday homes” a week ago and it failed miserably. What a drag 😦
    I LOVE going to look at holiday lights. Years ago, Deb and I would take the kids on a long drive to Santa Claus and a nearby town while Santa and the parents were busy at home. It was (is) one of my favorite memories ever.
    I’ve been invited to join a friend with a little girl for an afternoon of holiday “something” today. Christmas is so much fun through the eyes (and excitement) of a child.
    I read a Yahoo article that the diet drinks may be worse for you than the regulars. The title was “Is Diet Coke making you fat?”. Other than the occasional ginger ale, it’s been soda-free for a week or so and I’m getting used to it.
    SO glad to be back reading your blog. THANK YOU!!!

    Ru's Mom

    December 14, 2007 at 5:55 am

  3. I agree about the front yard trees. After the sun goes down and you can no longer see the shape of the tree, it looks like they were decorated by a drunken spider.

    How did they say Diet Coke made you fat?


    December 19, 2007 at 3:54 pm

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