Christmas Lights (Hang with me – I eventually get to the point)

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear.”
Buddy the Elf


Is it really just one week until Christmas? What happened to control? What happened to organization? What happened to peace and joy?

I’m in full crisis mode because while I was johnny-on-the-spot with mailing two of my out-of-town family packages, two others have yet to be wrapped and packaged. Mainly due to the fact that the presents are still at the stores where they live. And I have no idea how to get to said stores. Because I have no idea what the items even are yet.

So I will go running around town like the crazy woman I am but try so hard to hide, trying to find the perfect gift for a perfect price only to pay astronomical postage fees in order for it to get to its destination before December 25th….in one piece.

Which segues nicely into what this blog is really about. Christmas movies…well, really Christmas lights. (Oh hush. The connection makes perfect sense to me.)

Two nights ago my husband suggested we go to Prestonwood subdivision, which has been known for it’s over-the-top outside Christmas lights for decades. We rushed to get the kids bathed and PJ’d and closed the door to our outdoor Christmas light-less house to be amazed at what others with more energy, creativity and electrical engineering knowledge had to show for themselves.

I think some of the neighbors of Prestonwood have grown tired of the “everyone is supposed to decorate the outside of their house with Christmas lights tradition.” A lot of the houses went for the minimalistic approach to outdoor illumination – like us. But some got into it and – as my son, Jackson said (Annie was fast asleep in the back of the mini-van),”this is fun!”. I think he was referring to the fact that we got to drive around a neighborhood with our head-lights off and seat-belt less for an hour on a school night – but still.

Some of the streets had themes like “Frosty the Snowman” or “A Peanuts Christmas” or “The 12 Days of Christmas”. Each house on that particular block had to contribute decorations to support said theme. I had a “brilliant” (as in “bright”) idea.

Although we hadn’t been able to get our act together to put up even one silly strand of lights around our front door in four years – I was going to organize a theme for OUR block. It would have to be a tribute to either the movie “Elf” or “Christmas Vacation”. Both are hysterical and we watch them at our house the entire year….not just in December.

Seriously – can you see it now? If we go with Christmas Vacation, some one’s house can have the Clark Griswold light display of non-twinkling white lights.

Someone else could have a big tree with a fake squirrel in it. We could have the sledding scene at some one’s house with the burned-out bottom of the silver saucer sled from the non-choleric, silicone-based kitchen lubricant that creates a surface 500 times more slippery than any cooking oil.

And think of the possibilities that surround Eddie’s tenement on wheels!

And Elf….someone could do the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest or the sea of swirly twirly gum drops. I’m almost giddy with excitement.

But alas, the stores are calling my name for those last minute gifts and the post-office is beckoning me to come join their never-ending, three-hour wait lines.

Here’s to best intentions….and hope for NEXT year!


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