Pieces of Me

The Magic of Christmas Lights

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse – or mummy! You see, it is not even December, let alone Christmas and the race to start preparations for the one most festive day of the year – are on. Stores are lining up Christmas decorations, hanging the tinsel and lighting up their trees with Christmas lights.

Now it makes no difference that Halloween hasn’t even arrived, Christmas is well and truly here. I will be the first to admit that right now, it all feels too much. I’ve written my Christmas list and managed to buy a few presents. But the rest of the Christmas preparations feel so overwhelming. It always feels this way for me. As the year comes to an end, I look forward to carefree summer holidays, no work commitments, no school commitments. I just want the lazy long days catching up with friends and unwinding from the long hours and troubles of the past year. The last thing I want to jolt that image is the crazy Christmas madness that seems to inevitably descend every year.

Christmas lights

But the moment I start to dread Christmas, something else seems to kick in stopping me in my Grinch filled tracks: guilt. My family has always loved Christmas. My parents would go to all lengths to decorate the house with Christmas decorations and Christmas lights. My Dad and the extent of his Christmas lights would put the Griswold’s to shame. My boys adore Christmas. I see how their eyes light up as we walk past the displays in the stores. I see the excitement in their faces as they speak with their grandparents talking about presents that Santa will be giving this year. I see their disappointment when I scold and tell them that it is too early to talk about Christmas.

Christmas lights

So (deep breathe) I am going to try and not be a Grinch this year. I am going to try and celebrate the joy that is Christmas and the fun that comes with it, even if it is still October. While I cannot trapeze over my house hanging Christmas lights, we have a Santa and a Merry Christmas sign ready to hang in our balcony to share the Christmas spirit with our neighbourhood. Super easy and the boys are already excited that we get to join in the string of Christmas lights that adorn our little community each year. I’m going to try and not whinge that it takes so much time to put up the tree and that it causes so much mess. And I will buy new lights to replace the ones that no longer work, so the tree lights up this year, instead of looking so sad and so dim.

Christmas lights

I try and see so much of the world through the eyes of my boys, yet it all shuts down when it comes to Christmas. But it doesn’t need to. If anything, seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child is probably the only way we should ever look at Christmas. There is a sense of magic and wonder that children feel about Christmas that escapes most adults. Perhaps stringing up some Christmas lights and laying out some decorations can open the door a little so that this year a little magic starts to weave in.

Do you cover your house in Christmas lights?
Is October too early to start preparing for Christmas?

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  • We don’t cover our place but we certainly have the suburbs we visit year after year that do a magical job, as the kids get older too they will appreciate it more. Btw, it is never too early to start preparing for Christmas! 🙂

  • I do love Christmas lights, but yes October is a little early! Whenever my daughter sees anything through the year which resembles fairy lights, she yells “Christmas!”There’s something magical about them x

  • LydiaCLee

    Halloween is HUGE in this house, so madly focused on that. I cover the house in Halloween decorations – we stuff Mummys, there’s a flying vampire to hook up, the windows are covered in picture screens and crime tape wraps around the house.
    Graveyard and zombies decorate the doorway. Xmas time, a lot less stuff, but I get ikea battery lights, and use recycle-able lights to run them…

  • LydiaCLee

    so October is too early for me to think about xmas…

  • Love Christmas and love Christmas lights. There’s nothing better 🙂

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    I really need to start prepping for xmas now if I’m to get ready in time. We haven’t done lights before in this house, but I think Miss Three will enjoy it this year.

  • We actually don’t but that’s because there are about a dozen homes near ours that do so we just go and see there homes EVERY night in the lead up to Xmas 🙂

  • I do think October is too early, but then my birthday is in mid December, and looking back I’ve realised that my parents always made a concerted effort to keep Christmas from overshadowing it. So, for instance, we never put our Christmas tree up until after my birthday, which back then generally meant to first weekend of school holidays. I always thought people who had theirs up at the start of December were the odd ones!

    So, I do love Christmas, but I try not to let the season start too early in our house. Which isn’t too hard, because with a half American husband and an American sister-in-law (my bro’s wife) we celebrate Halloween and often Thanksgiving too.

  • Sophie Allen

    I just love Christmas! But it is too early for me. I have started buying a few gifts but no decorations will go up for ages yet. I think that is what is so magical about it… it is only for a short time. Might not be so magical if I had to put up with it for 2 months!

  • October is way too early but I have already nailed the present buying!! I find by the time christmas actually gets here I am well and truly ver it. Love all things christmassy in december though.

  • The Plumbette

    I love Christmas and the organising and festivities. Now that my daughter is three, I can’t wait to see her excitement of seeing the lights and presents and anticipation of the day. We don’t put lights up our house but we definitely put them on our tree.

  • I think Christmas should stay in December and not creep into the prior months, but the shopping centres don’t agree. We love the Christmas lights too, we have recently moved so it will be fun to see what happens in our neighbourhood.

  • I love Christmas!
    We would love to do elaborate Christmas lights, but the way our house sits on the block makes it kind of difficult to do. My father in law does them though, and they get bigger and better every year.
    I ignore halloween as I see that as nothing but commercialism, but I love all the things about Christmas.

  • mumabulous

    October is way to early. Having Christmas go on for half the year wrings all the magic from it as far as I’m concerned. The powers that be should legislate against anyone hanging any type of Christmas decoration before December 1 – punishable by a tinsel whipping. Christmas Carols in shopping malls should only be restricted to the week immediately prior. Chocolate coated almonds however should be subject to no such restrictions.

  • I don’t do anything until Dec 1st when it comes to decorations. It used to kill me as a kid waiting forever, and it seems so long when you start earlier every year.
    We love Halloween so Christmas is not really on the radar other than the fact I have all presents done and ready to give.
    I don’t decorate a lot but would like to once I have my own house again.

  • Lauren @ createbakemake

    We are slowly adding to our collection of christmas lights each year. Most of the homes in our street put lights up, and we used to feel like the grinches with a dark bare house! As kids we were not allowed to put the tree up before the 1st of December & I’m carrying on this tradition. October just feels waaaay too early to be seeing christmas decorations and even christmas themed food in stores.

  • TeganMC

    I love Christmas because of my son! Not so much the carols but I love the lights and gift giving. As a kid (and an adult) we used to drive around town looking at all of the light displays that houses had. Some people go all out and it looks great!

  • Beck/craftypjmum

    I’m a Christmas freak ! Each year we/I have a colour theme and go crazy decorating my house. The only thing that I dread is the present shopping for my boys now that they have grown, each year it seems to get harder.

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