“Christmas trees don’t grow on trees; they need rainbows, lumberjacks, and Leprechauns on unicorns playing jock jams on glockenspiels.”

My plans for today were thwarted by the rain. It was to be outside lights day; instead, it is inside wrap presents day. Yesterday I brought all the gifts down from my bedroom in tubs then I divided them into bags for each person. Only one tub is still upstairs. I’ll bring that down when I have room for it. Last night my back ached, but it was no never mind. I felt quite accomplished.

If I were to list the worst possible catastrophic failures, on top of the list would be loss of heat in winter. Second would be no electricity. The third happened this morning. My coffee maker shut itself off, and it wouldn’t stay on unless I held the little lever. Every time I let go, the brewing ceased. I raised my head and howled. I tried again and again and finally persistence held forth. The light went on, stayed on, and the coffee dripped into the carafe. I danced in glee. The dogs watched in horror.

When I was a kid, the Christmas lights were huge and multi-colored. They were the old if one bulb was bad the whole strand wouldn’t work. I remember my father cursing the lights as he checked bulb after bulb. Finally, he figured out what he needed to do. He replaced every bulb then tried the old bulbs one at a time. He found success.

Our tree had bubble lights. They stood up almost like candles on the ends of the branches. We used to sit on the floor to watch those lights so we could yell out when the first one started to bubble.

I remember how hot those bulbs got. My brother and I used to play who could hold the bulb the longest. The winner had pain, red palms and bragging rights. I still love colored lights. They go on my front fence and the top of the deck rail. On my tree, white lights go inside up the trunk so they shine like stars. Colored strands of lights are wound around the rest of the tree. I have a set of new bubble lights. I sit and watch until the first one bubbles. It’s a Christmas tradition.

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4 Comments on ““Christmas trees don’t grow on trees; they need rainbows, lumberjacks, and Leprechauns on unicorns playing jock jams on glockenspiels.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Life without coffee would be intolerable. During the deep freeze on Valentines Day we had no power except in short unscheduled hour long bursts. The cold was bad but not having coffee in the morning was terrible. My parents used to drink instant coffee, yuk, when they only wanted one cup. Otherwise, they had to use the large electric percolator or a smaller one on the stove. I’ve become used to drinking coffee made one cup at a time in our Kurig. I have a cup at home before the long seven minute drive to my office. 🙂

    When I was a little kid in Brooklyn, we had an Italian family living down the street that we would spend time with during the holiday season. We got to enjoy their Christmas tree that always had the electric train running around the base. The father worked for Capital records and gave me a recording of “Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry. I can’t remember what was on the flip side.

    Today the sun is shining and it will be cooler than yesterday with a high in the low 60s. I wish you could share some of your rain. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      The last tine ai lost electricity most of the town did except for one Dunkin Donuts.I had gone searching and saw the huge line so I waited and went back. I got two big coffees and was a happy woman. My father preferred instant coffee, but my mother bought a coffee maker for the rest of us when we visited. In Ghana there was only instant coffee in a country of tea drinkers. For the two years I lived there it was better than nothing. When I went back, nothing had changed,

      I had a train around my tree until the cats then later the dog attacked it. Now I have Nala so no tree this year. I went hunting and found that “If It Doesn’t Snow on Christmas,” was on the flip side.

      It was warm today and this week it may hit 60˚.

  2. Christer. Says:

    Almost everyone had white lights when I grew up but I must say I do prefer the multicolored ones now days, preferable those that change color every now and again. I also like that they don’t get hot like the old ones 🙂

    They’re guessing today will be the last cold day and already tonight the warmer winds will arrive. It’ll be fun driving to work tomorrow on wet and slippery roads.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      In my neighborhood most houses have colored lights and white lights. Outside my back door, on the fence, I light white lights all year. On the front fence and the gate will be colored lights. Skip, my factotum, is coming tomorrow to put up the lights.

      I hate driving on icy roads. I hop you are careful!

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