When I was a little girl, I remember driving around at Christmas time and looking at all the houses decorated in lights. We would make an evening of it and drive around for hours (or at least it felt that way to me). We never decorated our house that I can remember (my mom may correct me here), and thankfully we never lived on a street that required all the houses decorate like in the movie Christmas with the Kranks; but we loved to drive around for hours and look at the lights.
Since I have had a child of my own, I have tried to carry on that tradition, but it’s not gone as well as planned. Now, I see that my parents may have struggled with getting in the car, driving around for at least and hour with no destination in mind and checking out lights. We live in a small town and there aren’t many streets that decorate so finding more than one house to look at is difficult. I have also noticed that some of the streets in the town over are not decorating as much as they used to. But there is one house that we stop at as often as we can and it’s on our way home. A friend of ours lives on the highway and her husband loves to set up those lights that coordinate with the music on a specific radio station. Stephen and I love to stop at that house and he gets a kick out of it when they play songs like Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and such!
We love lights, but due to our schedule and some things coming up in the next two weeks, we are keeping our tree simple. But even simple is very pretty. I have these really pretty lights that have brightly colored, fuzzy covers on them. That mixed with the white lights on the pre-lit tree and the wreath and stockings and we have a nice Christmas going on in our house.
So what about you? Do you go all out for Christmas and decorate the house too? Do you just love to drive around or do you find it difficult as well?