This past weekend, on the Friday after Thanksgiving as is our tradition, we pulled out our Christmas decorations and set up the tree. Last year I broke down and replaced our twenty-five year old tree with a new one. The old tree had to be built limb by limb and didn’t include lights. The new one is in three “easy” pieces and includes clear lights. This year it was just me and my three-year-old grandson “Boo,” and he was thrilled that he could help “build the tree.”
All was well—I thought—until I plugged it in, expecting the lights to—well–light. I was not thrilled to discover that while the top tier of lights worked, the bottom two tiers did not. By that time it was late in the afternoon and the shadows were too dark for me to dig around through the branches to try to find the electrical problem, so I moved to Plan B and strung up some colored lights instead. I like those better anyway because they have a settings box and do all kinds of nifty dances. Forget the stupid clear lights. Who needs them, anyway?
Me, apparently. Or at least I’m too stubborn to let a Christmas tree get the best of me. By the next morning I was determined to discover what was wrong with those clear lights! I am not even remotely mechanically inclined and it took me an hour of diving head-first in between the scratchy branches, but I finally figured out where the line had gone short.
Now we have both clear and colored lights on our tree. A bit bright inside, but the tree looks lovely from the sidewalk. Best of all, Boo LOVES the lights. Every day when he comes home from preschool the first thing he does is come find me and yank on my hand, dragging me to the living room.
“Granny, Granny. Let’s go see the tree that we make-ded.”Then he’ll proudly flip the switch that turns on our tree and breathlessly wait for that moment when the lights flicker to life.
It’s now officially the Advent season. It’s my prayer that we’ll all take a tip from Boo and breathlessly wait for the Light of the World to come again, because there’s nothing more exciting than that!
Have a joyful and blessed holiday season. Merry Christmas!
Deb Kastner’s current release is Yuletide Baby.