Time for Christmas Lights

December 2, 2014 lisa63 Uncategorized

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Ready for Christmas Eve Dinner with the whole gang.

It’s that time of year again.  The weekend after Thanksgiving, we don’t participate in Black Friday.  I don’t know who is more to blame…the retailers or the shoppers; perhaps both.  We refuse to get caught up in the chaos.

Instead, we put up Christmas lights, inside and out.  Since the gardens and herbs are finished for the season, we have a little more time on our hands.  That time is spent right now on lights, lights, and more lights.

 

My husband starts on the outside lights and I start the inside decorating.  It takes the entire weekend to do all the decorating, but it is worth every minute.

Thankfully, this year the weather cooperated and it wasn’t bitter cold as in years past.  Sunday was actually balmy; perfect for outside work.

We enjoy decorating for Christmas and seeing cars slow down to see our lights.  We even have folks stop and bring their children to the sidewalk to look at the lights.

Each year we try to add something new, but generally the display remains the same.  We have it down to a science.

The focal point of our display is the nativity, although we do blend in secular displays.  We take a risk with our nativity set each year  Two years ago someone stole the Christ child two weeks before Christmas.  My husband built a new crib and I had to buy a small doll to place in the manger.  We also had someone cut a line of lights down the walkway.  I’m not sure why people do what they do, but we were not deterred.  We were angry, but  we refused to allow someone to ruin the spirit of the season.

Last year I bought a new Christ child and now our nativity is whole again.  I can’t stop people from stealing or destroying our displays, so I hope that this year will be “theft free.”

Our lights will stay up until a week or two after Epiphany (depending on the weather).  The first break in the weather and we’ll be outside tearing it all down.  It comes down much much faster than it goes up!

Here on the homestead, we thoroughly enjoy every season of the year.  That is why we love living in Ohio.  Each season brings a different type of project.  There is never a dull moment here.

For now, enjoy the picture of our lights and enjoy the spirit of the Christmas season.  Slow down and don’t get caught up in the commercialism.  Some day all that will be gone and all we will have left is the spirit inside us.

Happy first week of Advent,

Lisa


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