Let There Be…

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“It’s time to string the lights!”

Is the phrase I dread the most

I can handle the shopping, and wrapping, even playing the congenial host

But when the tree is standing ready, its boughs so regal, yet bare

I know my family lives to observe the further greying of my hair

What began as one small string has grown to fill a box

That could easily be used to house a cart pulled by an ox

Beginning oh so patiently, I strive to find the end

I remind myself that it is really only ONE NIGHT I will spend

Wrestling with a ball of wire just to please the little nippers

Who don’t realize I could finish much quicker if I had a pair of snippers

The harder I work, the bigger the mess taking over our living room floor

One by one, I see the family disappear through the dining room door

It’s just me and them now, those little holiday twinkles

And I plot a cunning strategy, my determined brow wrinkles

Slowly, it begins to dawn, a plan so simple and sweet

I have the power to stop this madness, in my leather covered feet

First, I rise quietly and pace about the room

Then I slip into the closet and fetch myself the broom

I sweep the teeny, tiny pieces into a paper sack

Then yell as I run out the door, “In a minute, I’ll be back!”

Off to the store I race with but one goal in sight

To enjoy the beauty of our tree without wasting another night

Hundreds of little boxes are waiting there for me

Each with a die cut cardboard holding instant brilliance for our tree

My laughter is easy and free, as I slide through the parking lot

Let those tiny twinkles get me down any longer…  I think not

For I vow that even if it means buying stock in the company

From this point forward, every year, we’ll put brand new lights upon our tree!

(c) 2016 Annette Rochelle Aben

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19 responses to “Let There Be…

  1. Haha! The perfect Christmas plan!

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  2. Ah… the lights…. alwaysthe nightmare before Christmas 🙂
    Happy Christmas Annette 🙂

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  3. Loved this Annette! Merry Xmas 🙋🏼

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  4. I have been doing that for a few years now. New Lights every year because I know when I plug last years in to test them there will always be a couple of sets that don’t work. I usually purchase them right after New Years, they cost less than half the price. :o)

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  5. Wonderful, Annette. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Annette! ❤

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  7. This is so funny. I didn’t even put lights on our tree this year. I could not deal with the irritation of detangling the wires.

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  8. Thank you for the smiles and grins, Annette!

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