April 23, 2014

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Decor

 

 

The Grinch Stole Everything But Left The Christmas Tree Lights grinch

The Grinch, an unhappy and miserable soul, hated everything about Christmas including the Christmas tree lights.  He tried to steal Christmas one year when I was a child.  I was eight years old when I came out of my room on Christmas morning and looked under the tree and there was nothing there except Christmas tree lights.  Needless to say, I was devastated.  However, the bright Christmas tree lights gave me comfort.  The Christmas tree lights were there for me that year and have been every year since.  For me, it truly isn’t Christmas until the tree is set up and the Christmas tree lights are aglow.  Those Christmas tree lights symbolized to me the true meaning of Christmas.  No presents or other decorations will ever be their equal.  So even though the Grinch stole Christmas that one year, the lack of presents helped me focus on what, for me, is the most important part of holiday decorating, Christmas tree lights.

 

The Christmas tree is the first decoration that goes up in our house.  Its selection, a usually tedious process, requires a trip to our Boy Scout tree lot and the display of at least a dozen trees before the very perfect nine foot Fraser Fir is selected.  The tree is then strapped to the top of our family sleigh, otherwise known as the minivan, and transported home.  There, it is carefully brought into the family room and set up in its stand.  After a half hour of careful adjustments, the tree is secured.  Now the fun part begins.  My twenty strands of multi-colored Christmas tree lights are carefully wound around the branches until the tree is ablaze in Christmas tree lights.  Strands of ribbons, sticks of feathers, balls of glitter, and ropes of beads complete the tree’s dressing.  Then, hundreds of sentimental ornaments are presented; each one collected over the years and each one a keepsake.  They are carefully hung by the loving hands of my family.  Now I can sit back and relax as I remember Christmas’ past and I admire my beautiful Christmas tree and Christmas tree lights.  I remember back to the year the Grinch stole Christmas and reflect upon its true meaning.

 

The Holiday Lights Star Shines Bright

Miraculously, the Christmas decorations magically reappeared on the Who-ville town tree topped with a beautiful holiday lights star.  The holiday lights star showed bright throughout all of Who-ville, lighting the town throughout the night.  The holiday lights star was a reminder to all Who-ville residents that Christmas is a time for family, togetherness, and loving your fellow neighbor.  To the Grinch, the holiday lights star was a reminder that Christmas means more than presents and shopping in a store.  His heart grew that Christmas.

 

Outdoor Christmas Light Displays Make It Feel Like Christmas

Just like the story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch can never truly steal Christmas or the outdoor Christmas light displays.  Christmas is inside our hearts and everyone has a Christmas tradition involving outdoor Christmas light displays that helps them remember the true meaning of Christmas.  Christmas comes whether there are outdoor Christmas light displays or not and the key is remembering why it is coming for you.  Outdoor Christmas light displays are a reminder of why we celebrate Christmas.   If there is love in our hearts, then outdoor Christmas light displays will always make it feel like Christmas.

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