I’m a big fan of Christmas and Christmas decorations. Every year I go with a group of friends to a Christmas home tour in Waxahachie, TX to gawk at beautiful homes and over-the-top décor.
Every year I haul out my own collection of Christmas items and spend hours (often days) decorating my house.
Every room gets at least a little something . . . even my kitchen has its own tree.
The outside of my place? Well, that’s another matter. I have an angel on the door, a wreath on the window, and a darling wooden Santa stuck in the flower bed.
It’s OK during the day. But at night? Looks like Ebenezer Scrooge lives here.
Part of it is lack of time to get out there and fuss with it. Part of it is indecision: I need new outdoor lights, I want LED lights, but which kind/color/shape? Part of it is fear of heights. Then there’s the whole “I’m not home in the evenings in December so I need a timer but where/how/which one…” Then I bought a timer which worked fine last year but inexplicably won’t work this time so…
At this point I generally go bake something and try to forget the whole thing.
I did try to be festive. I found these cute lights at Big Lots and thought I could put them around my front door. At least there could be one little bright spot, right?
Turns out when I get them around the door they’re so big they get caught in the door and I ran out of staples and my brad nails keep bending and . . . and . . . bah, humbug.
(My friend Vikki had a genius idea to fix that problem, but I’m keeping that for another post. And possibly a small seasonal business.)
The other day I thought I’d try again. No more concerts for me this year, so I could go out and plug in my Santa spotlight every night. Extension cord, spotlight, plug it in, what could be easier?
Nothing! Only problem was when I plugged it in, nothing happened. I took it back inside and tried. Yep, everything works fine. Outside, not so much. Apparently the outdoor plugs have decided not to work.
Scrooges, all of them.
(It’s not the breaker, I checked. But thanks for asking. I think this will require an electrician.)
So on my little corner of the hood this Christmas the inside is all is merry and bright while the outside is pretty grim. That reminds me of the many times Terry Price, who directed the Symphony Chorus this Christmas, told us to smile and look happy, for pete’s sake. It’s not that we weren’t (generally) having a good time. (It’s an all-volunteer chorus, we don’t have to be there at all if we don’t want to.) It’s just that we were concentrating so much on what we were doing we often forgot to show how much we enjoyed doing it.
Which leads me to this question: How do you feel about this season? Does your outside show it?