Blow-ups. Christmas lights. Animated deer. Festive tinsel pigs.
It all started at Halloween when he discovered the blow-up ghosts and pumpkins and dubbed them “jump-jumps” since they look a lot like inflatable bounce houses. We had a neighbor who decorated his entire house with Halloween-themed lights and battery-operated smoke machines and ghost sounds, not to mention little figurines that ran on power in his yard, with flashing eyes and fake swinging daggers. My husband deemed it totally cool and even started a conversation with the homeowner, and I saw my battery and power bill inch closer and closer to the sky.
After a brief respite over Thanksgiving, it is now December and the charge-required decor is back in full force. Even we have a tinsel pig and lights on our front stoop and I clipped more lights on our back deck just to feel more festive.
Every night, my toddler asks if we can go see the lights and we bundle up as a family and set out on a walk through our neighborhood.
At first I was kind of Grinch-y about it because it was cold and dark, but now I am really digging our little family outing each night. The neighborhood glows with electronic reindeer and lit door wreaths and twinkling ice lights and the whole dark world seems a little more….well, charged…with magic.
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