What can one man do with 3 days of good weather, over 700 light clips, 5 extension cords and a whole lot of patience?
Saying my husband likes Christmas is like saying Santa enjoys the occasional cookie. S loves every part of the holiday season, including putting up outdoor lighting. He clambered around for days, outlining the rooftop’s perimeter and the front door…
and the garage doors…
and the big wreath on the front of the house.
The pièce de résistance is the new snowman head that my folks got him as an early Christmas present this year.
It fits over the street light like its cousin, the jack-o-lantern one, and S didn’t waste any time putting it up after Thanksgiving. I think he needs a bow tie, so I may be tossing the decorations to find some red outdoor ribbon later today.
We did wait until after Thanksgiving to light all these decorations up because we do have some boundaries. I feel like we are speeding through the Halloween-through-New-Year’s holiday lineup, so I try to keep a little separation between them.
But now that it’s after turkey day, we are full steam ahead to the December holidays. We’ve flipped the switch on the lights and the season, and the hype is starting to burble up in our house. So much anticipation of all the fun coming in the next month — Christmas TV specials, winter orchestra, band, and choir concerts, Christmas cookies, holiday parties — I could go on and on, and that’s all before the Big Day itself.
I’m going to try to slow down, get a little perspective and enjoy the whimsy of the season. And I’m not going to think about how we’re getting all those lights down in January.