Christmas Lights!

Each year I look forward to the Christmas lights.  I like to drive around observing how people have decorated their homes and their yards.  I’ve really enjoyed the experience each year.  I believe that I’ve probably become a little bit jaded by seeing some of the homes that are set to music on the Internet.  You can see dancing lights that go completely around the houses and throughout the yards.  They’re beautiful, yet I feel that we are becoming so commercial that it’s losing its impact and beauty.

I was driving home yesterday evening when around the corner comes a bicyclist completely decorated with Christmas lights.  Wow.  It was awesome!  The wheels had lights.  The frame had lights.  His body had lights.  His helmet had lights.  I stopped the car, rolled down the window, yelled out “Merry Christmas” and gave him a thumbs up.  It is restored the beauty of Christmas lights in my mind.

Whoever you are, thank you!

PS I found a news video of him!  Excuse the ads from King 5 and just Enjoy:

http://www.king5.com/video/featured-videos/A-bicycle-with-Christmas-lights-111651019.html

Light Em if You’ve Got Em

It’s time for me to start decorating for Christmas.  I love Christmas.  Always have.  It would take….oh, how about a Christmas Miracle…to sour me on Christmas.

As a teenager I found a few strings of the giant old fashioned christmas lights and somehow convinced my parents to let me decorate our porch.  I did it every year, sometimes with more lights.

I investigated those plastic shingle anchors when they came out.  I invested in some chaser lights when they were brand new.  And of course I ran every possible combination of extension cords that I could.  And then, when I’m done and it’s completely dark, wander across the street to glance at it and behold my glory.

Some years it looked flat out terrible.  But I had fun.  And I enjoyed taking the dog for walks at night and turning the corner to see our house with the front porch lit up, sometimes with snow to sparkle upon, sometime just light rays caught on my foggy breath.

Later I graduated to being allowed to string lights on the tree.  Since I’m actually headed back to my folks house for Christmas this year, I just might be recruited for that again.

I have not yet personally done the outside lights here in the burbs of Seattle, but this year I will.  Still kind of deciding if the boy and I will go cut down a tree – – we should – – or just go grab a small one at a lot.  We’ll catch a plane on the 20th and return on the 2nd, so I don’t want to go too far overboard on something that we won’t be around to enjoy.  …and I did leave that spot for the tree when I rearranged the living room.

But first and foremost, putting those lights up outside (and not channeling Chevy Chase)!

Scott Bell
MediaDesignSeattle.com
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