Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Don't Miss The Simple Joys

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is the lights.  Each morning as I sit at home drinking my coffee and eating my toast I bask in the warm glow of my Christmas tree lights.  When I pull off the Interstate I can see many of the downtown Christmas decorations.  As I walk into my office building there is a large, brightly lit, Christmas tree.  Last night as I was unloading groceries from my car a neighbor who was walking their dog complimented me on my home decorations.  Sooner or later my wife will suggest that we drive my granddaughter through some of the “rich” neighborhoods to see all of their Christmas lights.  Different people like different kinds of lights.  Some people like white lights while other people like blue lights.  I prefer the traditional multi-color lights.  In the hustle and bustle of the crazier side of Christmas, it can be a simple joy to just enjoy looking at all the lights.  A few blocks from my office is a Christmas tree lot.  I hope to go on at least one adventure during my lunch break to walk through the trees and take in the invigorating aroma of live evergreen trees.  I have some pleasant memories of working the Boy Scout Christmas tree sales at my church when my children were boys.  We often froze our butts off but it was a lot of fun.  Much of Christmas is crazy and out of control.  If you watched any of the news coverage of the shoppers on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, you know what I mean.  Sometimes lost in the madness are the simpler joys of such things as sparkling Christmas lights.      

1 comment:

Dawna said...

Love this post Michael.. I can resonate. I love Christmas lights too. I love to look out of the window at work as it gets dark and watch them. I look forward to putting mine up at home. Simple things are beautiful.