Shaken Not Stirred

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Child Shall Show Them

Last weekend my buddy's family put up their Christmas decorations. Since I had eaten lunch at their home, I was asked to help put them up. Can I just say that putting on the lights seems like such a horrific undertaking, thank goodness his wife took it upon herself to do it. I watched as she tangled, untangled and strategically placed the lights on the tree limbs so that their best shine was going to show.

And then the worst thing happened!! As soon as she was close to the bottom of the tree, we plugged in the lights just for good measure and realized that some of the lights in the middle weren't working. At that point, she dropped everything she was holding and decided to cool off. There was a bit of frustration and a little bit of blaming.

Playing near some of the boxes of ornaments was their young son. He had set up some of the elf figurines, Santa and Mrs. Clause dolls into a miniature North Pole. Oblivious to some of the griping and stress, he held the Santa and made it kiss Mrs. Clause. I heard him say in his best Santa imitation "It's Christmas so we have to be nice to everyone and everyone has to be nice to everyone else".

I realized that this decorating event was suppose to be fun and not stressful. We should have learned the rules of playing together that day from their 8 year old son.


  • Yep, nobody can lay on a guilt trip like a little kid, even if they're not doing it intentionally. Speaking of which, I've got to get my stupid lights up on my house pretty soon...

    By Blogger The Duck, at 2:26 PM  

  • Good point!! Half my lights are working on my I care? Nah no one will see it

    By Anonymous nutz, at 3:13 PM  

  • who cares about the stupid lights? just add another layer in the middle.
    i always invite people over to decorate the tree while drinking and eating. The drink relaxes everyone a bit (although the next day i rearrange some of the decorations myself) :)

    By Blogger Chloe, at 12:57 AM  

  • 'Tis the season as they say.

    BTW, I was able to type the word verification letters with only my right hand. That doesn't happen often.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 12:23 PM  

  • Yep, it's the adults that ruin the spirit. Check out my Santa blog today if you get the chance and you'll see what I mean.

    By Blogger Travis Erwin, at 2:43 PM  

  • Most definitely! I know decorating can be stressful, but I have found that when you live alone, the decorating goes quite smoothly.
    Very nonstressful!

    By Blogger Lee Ann, at 7:11 PM  

  • Kids not only say the darnedest things but they also say some stuff that makes perfect sense because it is common sense.

    By Blogger Mr. Shife, at 9:08 PM  

  • Putting up lights is supposed to be fun and not stressful? That is a myth my friend, a myth!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:55 AM  

  • out of the mouths of babes, so true
    Xmas is stressful!

    By Blogger TK Kerouac, at 9:41 AM  

  • You should have learned to plug 'em up before you string 'em up to make sure they all work! ;)

    By Blogger AaroN, at 10:57 AM  

  • good tidings to you and your friends kid
    i'm just nasty.
    santa hates me

    By Blogger cher, at 10:38 PM  

  • Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...I love that song! Well, I guess I'll be decorating a small tree for my new pad! Perhaps you can get your ass up here and help me!

    By Blogger The Egg, at 12:22 AM  

  • That's why you go with the prelit tree my friend! Had it for 2 years now and it's a godsend.

    I like the kids rationale though :)

    By Blogger Phats, at 1:43 PM  

  • I haven't put up a tree in the last... 5 years! Maybe I'll get a tiny one this year for my tiny flat.

    missy x

    By Blogger missy, at 7:05 AM  

  • Yeah, I have learned and forgot to always check the l;ights before you put them up.

    By Blogger Rocketstar, at 4:21 PM  

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