“Downtown. Lights on buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

The weather is near perfect for a December day. It is warmish, in the mid-forties, the sky is a light blue, the breeze is lightly blowing all the dead leaves still on the branches and the sun is bright. I need to be out today, and I’m glad.

All of my Colorado gifts are wrapped and ready to be mailed. I just have to box them and take them to Harwich to UPS. That is the only item on my to-do list today. I am relieved they are ready to go.

Last night my yard was aglow. Bright bulbs lit up the front fence. The bush beside the driveway was decorated with large ornaments of different shapes and colors and highlighted by a floodlight. The gate to the backyard has white lights and is connected to the white lights lit every night regardless of the season. In the back, the deck rail has colored bulbs strewn across it. The little library is wrapped in small bulbs. My cow and donkey are in the front yard with their insides twinkling. Last night I went outside twice just to see the lights.

When I was a kid, a ride to see the lights was a tradition. The first spot was in Saugus where street after street was filled with large houses covered in lights. I remember being glued to the window so I wouldn’t miss anything. The line of cars was long, and and we crept along. My father got impatient and complained a bit. From there, we went through Melrose, the next town over. On one street, a hill, the houses were all decorated. Back then no houses had white lights. All of them had large, multi-colored bulbs. Next we headed home uptown through the square. Bells hung from the center of large ropes of pine strung from one side of the street to the other. The fire station was covered in lights. A large Santa was on the chimney ready to descend. It was amazing. When we got home, we were still excited by all the bright lights, and sleep didn’t come easily.

Rudolph will not be guiding Santa’s sleigh. He went among the missing last night. My Rudolph was a tall, plastic, solar bobble head. When I went to bed, I found packaging on the bed. This morning I found the solar bottom in the yard. Rudolph has met his demise. We know where the responsibility lies. Also in the yard was a shirt, a Christmas present. It was still perfectly clean. The marauder wanted the plastic bag. Nothing is safe from Nala the destroyer of worlds and of reindeer with red noses.

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4 Comments on ““Downtown. Lights on buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Alma destroyed an old but very beautiful camera bag here two nights ago, she and Nala are like twins in their behaviour 🙂 🙂 🙂 The same night she also destroyed a shoe, thankfully one that would be tossed away now, it was rather worn by now 🙂

    Warm winds are blowing here and almost all snow has melted away and I’m not sad about that at all 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      Nothing is sacred to Nala. She’ll go after anything not nailed down. I have started to put stuff behind doors when I’m out, but she is just as brazen when I’m home.

      Today stayed in the low 40’s but I thought it felt colder than that. Tomorrow and Thursday are supposed to be unseasonably warm.

      Have a great day!!~

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    This morning started out foggy and warm at 60° and we should warm up to 74° by four o’clock. I haven’t looked outside but I think the clouds have given way to some sunshine.

    It’s traditional for us to drive around and look at the holiday lights. When we lived in far North Dallas, there’s a neighborhood called “Deerfield” where everyone illuminates their homes with holiday lights. Long lines of cars await their turn to drive slowly through the neighborhood every night from Thanksgiving until New Years Day. I think their homeowners association requires household to participate.

    One place with fabulous lights is Daystar broadcasting which is a Christian television network located close by in Bedford. Their entire property is a glow with lights. You can either drive through or walk through the area.

    Sunday evening we drove around our mid cities areas looking for light displays. Along one street in Southlake I expected to see fabulous lights, but the mansions are so far from the street that we didn’t see much of their lights. Sadly, some neighborhoods in Southlake are gated communities and you can’t enter them. With an average household annual income of $240,000, one would think they would have good holiday lights in Southlake. 🙂

    Tonight we will venture out again looking for the great lights in various areas.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      74˚ is a warm day in the summer. 43˚, today’s temperature, is a warm day in the winter. It will even get warmer tomorrow.

      Your Deerfield sounds just like the homes in Saugus. The ;one of cars seemed to stretch for miles, and we crawled through the streets. I had never seen so many houses in one place so beautifully decorated. I think it was also a contest among the houses.

      I don’t know if it is lit now, but for years La Salette seminary in Fall River was filled with lights. It must be religion!

      The zoo in the town where I grew up has a Festival of Lights every year. The whole place is covered in lights. There are a few other places where you can drive your car through or walk. Here on the cape there is one filled with gardens and trees all covered in lights.

      When I was driving home from uke practice tonight, I was amazed at the number of houses with lights, some of them spectacular.

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