Saturday, November 28, 2009

All Decorated

Just Kidding... the outside IS all decorated though. Usually this is the last part of the decorating that I tackle, but not this year. This year, the outside decorations got to come first. Maybe it is the nice weather we have been having. Maybe it is the threat of rain later in the weekend. Who knows, but it is DONE!

I've got some pictures for you, but first a little background. Many years ago, my Dad decided that he was going to be Clark Griswold. He lined the house with lights, had lights in the shrubs, lined the sidewalk with lights, and the driveway. Since the majority of you have never seen their house, let me tell you that their driveway and yard is enormous, so we are talking a lot of lights. From the highway, their driveway looked like an airport landing strip.
Anyway, then a couple of years ago Dad decided he was Ebenezer Scrooge. No more lights. Maybe it was the fact that my granddad had taken out a long strip of lights while backing out of the driveway on Christmas Day the year before. Maybe it was that Dad had been in rehab for a solid year recuperating from his oil field accident that left both arms and shoulders broken (that's a pretty good excuse really). Anyway, this new sense of Bah Humbug let my parents to drop off three large tubs of lights at my house sometime last January.

So I have some new lights in my holiday decoration mix this year. I like all white lights and think they are really pretty, but I like to mix things up a little bit. Do something a little unexpected. I like to do white and red lights. So I used their lights along with some new strings of red light and swapped out bulbs until I have this...

and this

"Is your house on fire, Clark?
No Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights."
~ National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

this darn wreath didn't light up, so it had to be stripped of lights and restrung

The front door with the porch light on...

and porch light off...

Christmas lights are the oddest things! I had bought some on sale last year, but only white. Wouldn't you know I would need some red too though. After it became clear that I was going to have to run to the store, I plugged in all the lights for the bushes and made sure they were all working. When I got home, I started to put them on the bushes and wouldn't you know two strings weren't working. Can anyone explain to me how these stinking lights stopped working during that hour? Hello? Anyone? I'm going with Christmas lights are possessed.

I haven't started the inside decorations with the exception of hanging my new Angel wreath. It is on the door to the garage. I haven't decided if the little ornament in the center should stay or go...


Emilymud said...

Very cute, it looks great. I can't wait to see the inside.


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