Christmas Fun Revisited

Merry Christmas from the Shouse House

This week my to-do list includes:

  1. Prepare for Christmas Program
  2. Buy goodies for church treat bags
  3. Deliver food baskets in the community
  4. Sort & deliver angel tree gifts to needy children
  5. Plan 4th grade Christmas party
  6. Practice worship music for Sunday
  7. Make sure everything is ready for dress rehearsal
  8. Help oldest daughter make 3 dozen cream puffs for school project
  9. Keep up with the laundry/dishes/housework
  10. Write blog

Needless to say…the blog thing is falling through the cracks…So today I’m hitting the “easy” button and reposting something I wrote last year about Christmas lights and other fun stuff. Hope you enjoy it! Maybe next week I’ll have time to write something original…or maybe I’ll just take a few moments to enjoy the beauty of this wonderful season.

Merry Christmas, y’all!

I used to worry about making our house look beautiful, classy, and meaningful every Christmas. It’s the pressure I feel living in a parsonage. When people look at our house they think of the church and I felt like a giant abominable snowman blow-up out front was a little inappropriate. However, this year we decided to let our Christmas decorations reflect our own personality as a family and not worry so much about appearances. That means our big tree is beautifully decorated with red, white, & gold ornaments that remind us of who Jesus is or what He has done for us. But the outside of the house has blue & white icicle lights around the gutters, green twinkle lights around the garage, and color lights around the back door. None of them match and they don’t all work all the time, but they are sure a lot of fun! No inflatable snow-globes though. I haven’t quite gotten that far into decorating…(I was going to call it “tacky town” but don’t want to alienate any of my readers…)

I love going around looking at other people’s decorations this time of year. Last year my in-laws took us driving around to look at Christmas lights, and I made a few observations that I feel the need to share:

1.  Some people put up any decorations they like without thinking about how they all fit together. One house in town has a very small yard surrounded by a fence. Inside the fence is at least 6 large inflatable Christmas decorations. The mailman cannot walk down the sidewalk to deliver her Christmas cards because he’s liable to get knocked out if there’s the slightest breeze! One house, though, answered the age-old question about how the wise men were able to make it to the manger so quickly…beside their nativity scene is a penguin in a hot air balloon. That explains everything!

2. People who decorate their yards for Christmas often have yard decorations in place that they should consider removing during Christmas. It’s a little unusual to have a “winter wonderland” theme going on in a flowerbed that also contains cement seahorses. I did a double-take when I saw a display with those traditional carolers next to a statue of Venus de Milo (the half-naked woman with no arms)…somebody get that gal a coat! But the funniest decoration combo was the garden gnome looking into the manger at the baby Jesus. It’s like he was saying…”If you’d booked with Travelocity, you’d be in a hotel right now…”

3. The last thing I observed on our Christmas light adventure, I thought was going to be the last thing I ever saw. People are crazy. Peace on earth,  goodwill to men does not extend to mall parking lots or busy intersections. My father-in-law pulled out into traffic while looking for Christmas lights and we all thought we were going to die. In fact, my oldest clutched the arm rest in the mini van and said with dread…”We are going to die.” Well, we didn’t die (obviously) but the people in the cars around us were probably considering  death threats. We got flipped off by at least two angry drivers who charged past us, horns blaring, gesturing angrily out the window. We tried to distract our girls by pointing out the other windows with Don Knotts-like smoothness “Lookoverhere! Lookoverhere!” But to no avail…our youngest saw the sign language and asked what it meant. My husband told her it means they think they are number 1…since they were only using one finger it made sense to her. Problem was, she spent the rest of the night waving her finger and shouting “We’re number one!” to everyone she saw…( =

So, what is fun about Christmas at your house? How does your personality shine through? How do you help your kids enjoy the season in spite of the busyness? I’d love to hear your funny observations about how the season is celebrated where you are!

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