We still have our Christmas lights up on the outside of our house.
Anyone who drives Elizabeth home late from babysitting or from choir knows this is true.
'Our house is the one there with the fence,' she says.
'Oh, the one with the Christmas lights still on?' they ask.
'Umm...yeah. That would be ours. I'll just get out here...'
But really, what's wrong with a little extra color and lights in the evening?
Honestly, it's just that Gabriel really likes them and turns them on every day and every time I mention to Jimmy that it just might be time to take the lights down, there is a sorrowful 'Noooooooo!' that comes from the back seat of the truck, and so, they stay up one more week.
I did, however, put my foot down on the red ball that was hanging in the middle of the front stoop. I never really liked the placement of that ball. There are supposed to be balls all around the gutters where the lights are hung, but somehow, whoever hung the lights this year didn't get the memo. Not like we don't do them the same way every year...for the last 8 years or so. But hey, it's easy to forget, right? I mean you open the box of 'outdoor decorations', see a few strings of lights and a whole bunch of plastic balls, and you think, 'Yep. It must be just one...just one up there right in the middle. Just one lonely red ball dangling there all be its lonesome. That must be what is meant to be done with this big box of balls'
But I digress. And next year, I will be sure to either write clear instructions or be home during the application of the outdoor decorations. I mean, I know our big plastic balls are a little hokey, but at least if there are multiples of them, it doesn't look like some weird red nose hanging on our house!
Anyhow, the solitary red ball had to go.
And, of course, we can't just use a ladder like normal people...oh, no. We have to make a spectacle of ourselves to get it down.
Gabriel was looking on to be sure that we didn't sneak up there and take his lights down, too.
Don't worry, little buddy, we're still the odd ones in the neighborhood with our Christmas lights still up.