Family tradition decrees that we don’t start our decorating here until Advent begins (4 Sundays before Christmas. If things go according to plan, we decorate a little at a time – well, that’s my plan anyway – hubby is more of an all or nothing kind of decorator. At this point in the calendar however, we’re still on my schedule.
Today, the 16 yr old put together a lovely centrepiece for the advent wreath. There is no way I can safely light even my tallest candles with this arrangement, lovely though it is, so I think I will use separate candle holders placed well away from the greenery – most of our meals would not benefit from the flambee treatment.
Earlier in the week, the 19 yr old decorated the hand rail of the porch – lovely don’t you think?
Last Sunday, the younger one made the door wreath for me – gorgeous.
And then there’s my effort… Mine is the exterior Christmas lights on our house. 10 strings, each 25 ft long of LED lights secured along the eaves of the house on two sides, the road and driveway sides. I realize you only see a very small portion of the total length in this picture, but how many bulbs do you see shining there?
I can confirm that yes indeed, the single red light you see there is the ONLY light that comes on when I turn on the outside lights. I spent three hours battling with these lights last Sunday and I was not in a very Christmassy mood by the time I finally gave up, having convinced 4 of the 10 strings to come on.
I moaned about this to hubby over dinner, he who used to be responsible for this particular aspect of Christmas decorating until this year, who said brightly “oh, you know what, that happened last year too – they don’t work well when it’s cold”.
Wait, what did you say – they don’t work when it’s cold? THIS IS CANADA!!!! Are you kidding me? Christmas is cold in Canada. Always. Even here, in the warmest corner of the country in the winter, our night temperature is typically hovering around 0 C this time of year. Last week, when i was up and down the ladder a million times tweaking and adjusting and replugging and swearing…the night temperature was -3.
But sure enough, as long as the temperature is above 0 C, they seem to work OK. Not right away – it takes a couple of hours for the rest of the strings to come on, but if you wait all night, you might get to see both sides of our house lit up by midnight. If only I could stay awake that long, I’d see them too.