Yeah, this might turn into a North vs. South thing.
When I drove home from a Girl Scout Meeting the other night I noticed how dark the neighborhood is. Just a few weeks ago it was sparkling with white twinkling strands and twists of colored bulbs wrapped around garages, eves, trees and shrubs.
I love the lights. They brighten up the dark nights of winter and pilot the way for all the Christmas magic. If you live in an area without streetlights they can actually provide useful night time directions also, “Turn at the house with all the white lights, go past the house that is twinkling and ours is the one on the left decked in green.”
Every year at our house, we have a great debate about the appropriate time to dismantle the outside lights. I feel like they should be up until the end of January. My husband likes to take them down on the first warm sunny day of the New Year.
I’m a northern girl married to a southern gent. On things important to a marriage we agree (hot salsa, cold beer, Denver Broncos, Thai food). But there is this thing with the lights that we can’t seem to compromise on.
Alaska, Oregon, Montana – those are my states – are dark and icy at night. The lights glisten and cheer up frozen winter moods. Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana – those are his states – I guess when Christmas is over, the lights just come down. He can’t really explain his rational very well to me (or I don’t listen). He just says, “Christmas is over. It is time.”
So, dig into this one please. Your assistance could possible save a marriage from the tangle of a Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation ball of Christmas lights.
Please share your rational, your state and your date.