As we were driving home last, I thought about our house being one of the few without Christmas lights. I had every intention of putting lights up, but we still haven’t. I have a few strands of lights on the garage, however it would look like I had a few random strands unless I got really creative with them. Last year I wanted to use flamingos as reindeer and a lawn chair for a sleigh. I posted on Facebook that I was looking for flamingos. Amy Nemeczky bought me a cool ceramic one, and we fondly named him Chris. Thad also bought me a whole flock of plastic flamingos and two skelemingos. Since they arrived right before Christmas, I never got a chance to carry out my plan, not that my neighbors would have thought anything out of the ordinary had I created this landscape scenerio after Christmas. Oh, and the photo of Skelly is him on vacation with me and the boys. That was a rabbit trail, hey?
I’m also one of the few houses in Frisco with mature trees. When we had that crazy snow flurry about a week ago, all of the yards were covered with the untouched white snow, all but one, our house. The enchanted forest in my front yard has a beautiful canopy of trees covering every square inch, protecting my yard from the portrayal of winter. I did have the trees trimmed, so if we did add lights to the house, you would be able to see a lot of them.
So why haven’t I put lights up? It just hasn’t been a top priority, or any priority for that matter. Since starting the 25 days of Christmas blog, yesterday was the first day I had the feeling of being too busy. My Christmas and work to do lists are long, but all of the items on them are very important. Shopping is not on the list. The tiny amount I had to do has been done for weeks. At least this year busyness is an improved kind over last year. It’s about helping others, letting our friends and family know that we appreciate them and not participating in the consumerism.
The lights may not be a priority, but carrying on a tradition my boys and I started last year was of great importance. We did our annual ‘boo’ last night. Now I know what you’re thinking. If you live around here, you know that booing someone is a Halloween thing. If you don’t live around here, Texas has a lot of things that don’t make any sense to people outside of this big star-shaped land mass. We made our candy boo bags a week ago, finished assembling them last night and attached our mysterious Christmas gift in a tiny envelope taped to the front. Nope, I’m not telling you what that is yet.
We made our hot chocolate with more marshmallows than chocolate, loaded up our gear and took off in our very old Infiniti sleigh. We spent two hours driving all over Frisco until we ran out of bags. We’ll have to make a lot more of these next year.
I drove the sleigh, pulled up in front of the target house and turned off the lights. Next, the boys took turns, dropping a bag by the front door, ringing the doorbell and running to the car quickly so we could drive off before being caught. And those of you with babies, we knocked instead of using the doorbell, as to not wake them. We aren’t as experienced as Santa, or we would have just come quietly down the chimney.
Now ‘boos’ are supposed to be anonymous, and last year we were, yet somehow people knew who it was. Go figure. This year these little bags have some mystery, but ultimately our friends can go online and see what we are up to, because we are always up to something.
This Christmas I am trying to plan things ahead of time and get things done early. When my ADHD and OCD collide, that usually means that events happen spontaneously, but everything is more than prepared and ready for it. Sometimes doing things last minute is the motivation I need, so it works for me. It seems to stress other out to the point that they won’t make eye contact with me, in hopes that I won’t ask them to be involved. The funny thing about it? I apparently do this to others, as I did it yesterday in a staff meeting. Just for the record, it didn’t work, I have to make a bunch of vinyl signs for Christmas Eve.
I suppose what I experienced yesterday is that busyness, no matter if it’s good or bad, takes away from the Christmas spirit. Is slowing down to experience the joy of the season really possible?
Okay, it’s time to share a few more ‘Santa shoot’ photos. See if you can recognize the light scenarios.