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

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! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  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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