While I was writing about Outdoor Christmas Decorations several of my own decorating stories came to mind. Oh how I can sit here and laugh. So before my Christmas outdoor lights stories slip away once again, let me share them with you.
We all probably have tall tales about trying to get ready for last minute company, grumpy in-laws, or sneaky little kids who want to see what they are getting under the tree, but how about hanging outdoor Christmas lights and decorating? It can be quite a challenge. My friend is the mother of four and she is quite determined to get everything just right for the holidays. The one year she was 8 months pregnant with their fourth. She was up on a step stool trying to get that star on the top of the artificial tree on the front porch. Reaching and stretching she almost had the star fitted over the top twig when she lost her balance and knocked the whole thing onto the deck on top of her. She was OK but decided to leave the star for her husband to take care of when he got home from work. And that doesn’t say anything for her once lovely artificial tree and outdoor tree lights.
Another time I was laying in my bed in the middle of the night and I heard, “Rattle, rattle, shake, rattle, CRASH”, coming from the living room. It was a soft, muffled sound, but it persisted. Getting up out of bed I crept into the living room. Switching on the nearest light- which happened to be in the kitchen- I peaked into the living room. There about halfway up the tree where these golden eyes peering out from the midst of the branches. It was our half grown calico kitten playing hide and seek. She thought our Christmas tree was her personal lair, den, lion’s cave, or something along those lines. What a mess! Half of the bulbs lay in ruins on the hardwood floor. The candle chandelier was swinging from the ceiling. Many of the other ornaments had chew marks embedded in them. She also had attached my indoor Christmas lights and cut some of the wires with her teeth and even removed a few bulbs. Thankfully she didn’t get shocked.
The most hilarous story would have to be another girl friend of mine. After she set her tree up she told her three year old daughter to stay away from it time and time again. Later in the day she went upstairs. The little girl came back into the living room and there she decided to climb under the tree. She wasn’t allowed to take things off of it or play with the lights, but it sure looked like a great place to play Fort. So under she went. A minute or two later her mother heard her crying out, “Mommy Help! Mommy Help!” Running downstairs the mother rounded the corner and disaster met her eyes. Here as the little girl had climbed under the tree she had knocked it off balance. The whole thing tipped over and pinned her to the floor. She was fine, the green Christmas lights were not so fine. Needless to say the little girl no longer thought Christmas Decorations were the best thing to play with.
Probably the most memorable depiction of Christmas outdoor lights of all times is in Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase. All the lights aglow and different members of the family switching on and off light switches, neighbors distraught with a blaze of light from next door, and all the other hilarious stunts depicted so well in that movie.
We all have our share of stories and writing down memories is a great way to remember stories that are so funny. Christmas outdoor lights and decorations are just part of the back drop of every memorable holiday.
For summer time be sure to looking into more exterior lighting ideas such as gazebo lights.