Hanging of the Christmas Lights

Yes, that is what I did today.  I put up most of our Christmas lights on the house.  Primarily on the roof and some on the trees in the front yard.  Some of you may be saying, “it’s too early for Christmas decorating!!!” and with all due respect to Cubmaster Chris who had a mini-rant on his podcast about his neighbor putting up Christmas lights, let me explain.

It got up to 72° today.  

In many respects, I am a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas…real tree, church on Christmas Eve, open presents on Christmas morning and decorating after Thanksgiving.  However, as those who may live in northern climates know, you simply can not pass up a warm day in November to do some outside decorating.  As I mentioned on Twitter earlier today, just because the light are up does not mean they are turned on. 

In addition to the lights on the house, we also will put up a lit wreath, hang two lit strands of pine garland and put more lights in some other trees and bushes in the front yard.  These decorations still need to be put up and will be closer to (if not after) Thanksgiving.  Being on the ground when it is cold in late November/early December is much more tolerable than being on the roof.

 Once everything is put up and ready to go, the lights will go on for the season on the first day of Advent.  The first true day of the Christmas season.


About jthoppe

Eagle Scout, Cub Dad (Former Pack Committee Chair, soon to be Tiger Den Leader, District Committee; enjoys TKD, softball and generally being outside.
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