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Monday, December 05, 2005

Christmas Wishes


Last Christmas, we were just moving into our new house. Getting settled was a process and there was just no time to hang lights outside. It was disappointing because I love Christmas lights, and our house is one of those old victorian jobs that would look like a little gingerbread house with lights.

But this year...this was our year! After 15 hours, $250, 9 strands of lights, 8 lengths of garland, 6 Christmas Bows, 4 extension cords and a 2 hour search for a 3 prong adapter, the house was aglow!

It came out nothing like I had planned...I wanted an 8 foot blowup snowman, that my husband vetoed. I wanted lights up on the second and third floor roofs...but my husband is afraid of hieghts even if it's me on the ladder so that was a no-go. I wanted spotlights and a disco ball...I got neither. But my husband (aka the "good taste police" came up with a few beautiful ideas that fit into the style of our home and the neighborhood. We went traditional.

When we started out, I asked my husband what he thought we should do. He said he thought we should decorate however I wanted to. I had to prod him into making suggestions:

Me: What do you want to do?

Him: Whatever you think we should do is what I think we should do.

Me: I want your opinion. I want to do it together...

Him: Whatever you want is fine, Christmas decorating is your department

Me: Pretend I haven't made any suggestions, and you have to do it on your own. I'm not home and you can't reach me. What would you do?

Him: I would wait for you to get home.

Me: Pretend I don't exist, what would you do?

Him: I would be devastated and wouldn't decorate

Me: Pretend I am Helen Keller and I can't speak or communicate to you what I want...then how would you decorate.

Him: (Closes his eyes for a few minutes and sits in deep thought)....

Me: Are you thinking of what you would do with the lights?

Him: No, I'm thinking how nice it would be if you were Helen Keller right now.

No matter. Once we got rolling, he completely participated and the lights look good as a result of the combined effort of Me and the Scrooge McScrooge I married...

17 Comments:

Blogger undercover celebrity said...

Your husband CRACKS me up.

I busted out the Christmas decor this weekend, too. Turned on my Amy Grant Christmas CD, lit the fire, and meticulously wove white lights and red beads through garland. Jackson (my cat) had the time of his life chasing the flailing beads.

And, in a complete act of graciousness, I even hung a stocking for Lauren, my annoying roommate. I am such a giver. :)

12:38 PM  
Blogger Newlywife said...

You know, I was meaning to tell you...I have a poka bean of my own too...

Well, I don't call her poka bean, but I lived with one of my closest friends for five years of college/lawschool. It was so sad when we moved out of our apartment to move in with our boyfriends...

Sometimes, I will be in the middle of explaining something to my husband that he isn't sympathizing with me and I'll say "I wish I still lived with ...." and he knows what I mean. Living with your husband is great, but there is something about living with one of your female friends...so...I don't know...so Laverne and Shirley.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

I was hoping to see a picture of your Christmas decorations. :(

In our house, I typically do the inside and my husband does the outside. Since I win by only having white lights on my tree, he gets to put up colored lights outside. While everyone else on the block has pretty icycle lights, we have this single strand of those lights with the big colored bulbs, like we used to have way back when. I guess you could say we're the anti-Griswalds.

12:11 AM  
Blogger undercover celebrity said...

Ok, not fair. You just made me shed a tear. I miss Abs a lot this time of year. We used to decorate together. We made a big deal about our Christmas-tree-purchasing excursion. And then we'd come home and plan our Christmas party for the year.

Ahhh... those were the good 'ol days.

I told Mark that I decorated for Christmas and he came back with a hearty, "You're so funny"

oh well...

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