In case you are unfamiliar with my husband, he is, the closest thing to Clark Griswold when it comes to Christmas lights that I know. While our yard isn’t quite that extravagant, give him a few years and we’ll be there.
I thought I would give you a little tour of our outside light display as well as introduce you to the new items we have.
(Because I feed his addiction… and pick up things at yard sales and the thrift stores when I find them….
I would love to say that’s an awesome picture… but it’s not. It’s amateurish but it’s hard to get a good picture with all the lights because they blink…
…with the music.
Yes. Because we own Mr. Christmas… and he plays 20 songs (both traditional and siberian) and the lights dance. You could have a seizure sitting on our front porch.
But the house has lights.
And lighted garland.
Then there’s the yard.
The yard is what has grown since the hubs and I got together. He says the yard is all my doing, but it’s not. He likes the inflatables just as much as the rest of us.
And boy! Do we have a collection!
Allow me to introduce you to our blow up friends of the season…
Returning for his second season is the penguin. He makes me smile.
Also returning is the train pulling Santa and his presents (and more penguins).
And our snowscapes. We have two of them. One on either side of the train.
Also back for another season is the snowman.
The hippo is new this year. We purchased him Thanksgiving morning. Of course when you buy new inflatables you also have to factor in the cost of a new extension cord. And in case you’re wondering, the best price on outdoor extension cords is Big Lots.
I’m experienced in this. Because I have to do all the running.
Snoopy is also new this year. I picked him up at a yard sale in June. $5. I rock as a wife. Yes. The cord cost more than the inflatable. But not too much more. Again, Big Lots is the place to buy them!
At that same yard sale (which also helped to send our kids to camp) I bought this see-saw with Santa and the reindeer. Never mind that they aren’t looking at you. He’s got it backwards. I was informed that this year they can look at the house as they are secured with many stakes to help the wind from taking them on a premature ride. He’s not moving them. $10 at a yard sale. Forget the cost of the 2 spot lights and cords needed to make sure it shows up at night. I’m so glad his Christmas lights are a line item on the budget.
Not an inflatable, but new this year (to us) is Snoopy and the mailbox. That opens and Wood Stock comes out. I picked this up when I went to Annual Conference with work in Hampton. They had an AMAZING Goodwill by the hotel and this little puppy was just waiting for me to take him home with me. So I did. For $10.
But I must tell you….
We are so proud of this next one… the comments made as it was purchased included “that’s a whole new level of klass” and “boy, the church is going to be talking about this one.”
Mainly because, well, the hub’s grandparents used to live in this house. And his grandfather was a product of the depression and NEVER spent money frivolously. And, to my understanding, would conserve energy at ALL costs.
So a big light display in the front yard?
Yeah. Their church talked about it that first year. And sometimes still do.
So, yeah. You know this is one of our favorites.
I’m just going to let you look at that one awhile until it sinks in.
And did you notice the little yellow light? We didn’t either. The nine year old had to point it out to us. It made it all the better.
Of course, I think the inside decorations are just as pretty.
And if you’ll notice two things… yes. Thing 1 did put his Redskins tree up right next to the real tree. And two?
There’s a little white blob in the middle of the tree. That’s Mr. Christmas as well. Yes. We talk to our tree to turn the lights on and off AND he signs carols… AND the tree lights blink to the music.
It took me a while to get in to the hub’s hobby but now?
It’s part of the Christmas tradition that I have come to love.
(I just don’t think about the electric bill. Ever.)
How about you? Do you put lights up at your house?
Until next time…