Christmas decorations meant one thing to me: tedious set up and take down. All the lights and garden decorations must be brought up and down from the attic every year… so I only put up minimum outdoor decorations (wreaths & garlands). Some people put up blow up Santas on their lawns, candy cane driveway lights, or even fill their gardens with poinsettia plants. On the other hand, there are some homes that look like the seasonal department at Home Depot threw up on their front lawn.
There is a house down the road from my neighborhood that goes above Christmas season decorating duties. If you are just driving by, the house looks like many others, lit up with many lights that flash at intermittent times. However, if you drive by often enough, you soon begin to realize that other cars are parked on the road watching the lights. Who sits there watching lights? I thought a few times. It was only when I had to wait to pass because cars were blocking the street that I saw the the sign on the corner of the front lawn that said: Watch our lights on 89.5FM. Curiosity got the best of me so I tuned in.
What an amazing show it was! Since I discovered “free” show about three weeks ago, we have made it a point to take our kids, friends, family, and even ourselves in several occasions to watch their lights. Take a quick look at the video below (turn up volume)
The synchronized light show has 4 songs that play over and over. We usually stay through at least one (if not two) rounds… a good 20min with the music blasting inside our car. Most nights we drive there in our pjs with the hope that one or two kids will fall asleep on the way back home (yes, we even take the scenic route back). This next video is my daughter’s favorite:
I have never met the family who lives in this house but I am very grateful they take the time to decorate their yard, trees, house, porch, and lawn for the rest of us to enjoy. I can’t imagine how long it takes to set up and take down every year. Some nights, Eric and I try to guess how much their electric bill may be… although I’m sure we don’t come close. Other nights I wonder what it would be to have all those lights blinking at night while you are trying to sleep!
Every time we drive to enjoy the show, I am grateful that someone would do something that requires so much work for the rest of us to enjoy. I don’t know how many Christmases they have been putting up the lights… but I hope they continue to do so. Because of this, I decided to leave a little note in their mailbox to express some of our gratitude.
To this family we would like to say: thank you so much for giving my family a Christmas experience to remember.
The Schneller & Fuentes Family