Continuing the saga of Christmas decorating hijinks after last week’s post about our simple personalized Christmas stockings, today I want to share the only decorations visible from the outside (aside from the tree, which you can also kind of see) — the colorful lights we put up in our front windows:
We didn’t put any lights in the front windows last Christmas, so it was kind of a fun first for our house. Since we don’t seem to have any outdoor electrical outlets (something we might have considered when we had our whole house rewiring done, if we’d been thinking ahead) we just put the lights up on the inside, where we were able to use more of those clear removable hooks that were so handy for hanging the Christmas stockings above the fireplace:
We also tried out some plain white lights first, thinking they would fit in better with our Christmas tree, but we ended up returning them to the store. Somehow with rigging them inside our windows, the white lights seemed kind of faded — it’s a little hard to describe, but at a glance they seemed almost indistinguishable from just having some lamps on inside.
So we went back for the multicolored kind, and I think the end result feels a lot more festive. And since the lights are on the inside, Lillian can see all the pretty sparkly colors every evening, and seems quite taken with them — she points at the multicolored lights one by one, babbling in baby talk and occasionally saying things that sound suspiciously like the word “light!”
Here’s a a wider view showing some of the other lights that have gone up all around us in the neighborhood:
Clearly we have a ways to go in the curb appeal department, but at least we’re not the only dark Scroogey house in a long row of houses with bright happy light displays in their front yards and bushes and windows!
So that’s part 2 of this year’s holiday decorating saga — there’s more to come, though with Christmas less than a week away we’ll see if I can actually get everything posted before the holidays are over!