Posted by: workforcookies | December 10, 2009

Crazy Colored Christmas Lights

Christmas is coming, which is why there’s a tree in my living room. As for the reason that tree is decked out with crazy-looking colored lights instead of more tasteful white ones…that’s to do with my Christmas quota.
When I got married, a very wise friend told me to allow myself three details of the wedding that I would refuse to budge on (for my husband and I, it was the ceremony, music and vows)—let your mom have her say over everything else. I’m convinced that imposing a quota of three un-budgeable details is why I survived my wedding with very few mother-daughter arguments. Because this worked so well, I’ve decided to apply the same logic to other potentially stressful life events … Enter the holidays.
Of course, I truly wanted to be the kind of mom who sewed unbelievably adorable costumes at Halloween or personalized stockings at Christmas. But let’s face it, if I did all that on top of working a full-time job….well, when would I spend time with my kids? So, in early October of this year I loaded the kids in the car and headed to Toys-R-Us for the cringe-worthy commercialized Lightening McQueen Pit Crew Chief outfit of my son’s dreams. And late last November, I ordered monogrammed stockings for the whole family from The Company Store that are admittedly cuter than anything I might have made myself.
Halloween is far behind us, so I won’t bore you with my un-budgeable details for that holiday. Instead, I’ll share with you my Christmas quota:
1. Making Christmas cookies with my kids
2. Sending Christmas cards to my family and friends afar
3. Giving the kids the thrill of seeing Santa on the roof (that’s right, my dear husband straddles the shingles every year decked out in a Santa suit—the kids run out to see him when a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is interrupted by a true-life “clatter” on our roof.)
So you see, when my husband—who, as it happens, is also the one who puts the lights on our tree—chooses a strand filled with crazy colors too tacky for my taste, mum’s the word! To put up a fight would put me over my quota of un-budgeable Christmas details.



  1. Love it! And I have to say that reading those cards from family afar is one of my favorite pass-times of the season. 🙂

  2. White lights can be very attractive, but they can also be boring. I love our tradition of ornaments we have collected over the years and our brightly colored lights.

  3. You and your friend are so smart to limit your demands on important events to three. You are happy and those participating get to be happy too. Everyone looked to be enjoying the event of decorating the Christmas tree which turned out stunning.

  4. I love this! I am going to think of this and how it could relate to our life. I am already thinking it will improve our home school day, our level of cleanliness in our house and our activities on the weekends! Thanks for posting that!

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