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Christmas Lights

The last house we lived in was set back from the street, with a mature garden obscuring the house from passerbys. When we moved into our current home we decided to take advantage of the elevated position of our home, and the fencing which surrounds our property, by stringing up some Christmas lights.

Now we don’t go over the top by any measure. You won’t find us listed on the evening news as one of ‘those’ houses to visit. We have no flying reindeer or waving Santas, nor do our lights flash in synchrony to a musical soundtrack which you can locate on your car radio.

But in saying that, we are the only house in our street with any lights at all. I drive home some nights from various Christmassy functions and at times feel a little self conscious by our pretty lit up abode. But miss e loves them! She delights in seeing them every night and even took our baby sitter out to see them one night last week. She came for a half hour drive last weekend to collect miss i from a birthday party, in the hopes of seeing a lot more lights on our journey. She was a little disappointed by the four strings of lights she found as we drove.

I must make the effort to look up some of those amazing lit up houses and plan an evening drive to visit them. We have one house about a kilometre from us that goes all out. We call it The Christmas House and have often walked there with guests once night falls. They are always impressed! At this house, you can walk inside and sit and observe a whole room which has been decorated as a snow covered  mountainside theme with hundreds of Christmassy things to observe. The gorgeous elderly couple delight in opening their home to all of the children who sit quietly in wonder observing their display.

(I have no idea how to photograph the lights at night so that the setting does not look like daylight! My photos were either dark, with fuzzy lit up bits, or on this setting it looks like lunchtime, with some lights on. Oh well, you get the idea).

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