A wondrous tale of Christmas lights

We now have Christmas lights on our street!


Well, “Christmas lights.” They look like this:

Christmas lights on our street


I’m not kidding, by the way. That’s the Christmas setup on our street here in Copenhagen.

Look, I’m really not one to judge. My idea of getting into the Christmas spirit involves changing my desktop background to a picture of semi-nude Santa riding a baby blue unicorn. (Don’t ask.) I’m pretty damn terrible at decorating for Christmas, is what I’m saying.

But…do these Christmas lights strike you as satisfactory? Do they elicit feelings of joy and wonder? Not really, right?

I don’t want to speculate on the decision process that led to this half-baked display of indifference, but I’m quite sure it went something like this:

“So, how will we decorate the street for Christmas this year? Giant Christmas tree with a life-size Santa and lots of flashing Christmas lights and ornaments?!”

“Nah, we’ll put some lights on the trees.”

“Oooooh, great idea! We’ll cover every branch with string lights, so that at night it looks like each tree is glowing!”

“Nah, just, like, two lights per tree.”

“Uh, okay. So, big, flashing lights in the shape of a star or Rudolph’s nose?”

“Just two simple, purple lights. We’re going for more of a ‘landing strip at a deserted airport’ vibe.”

“Fine, I guess. So, two lights per tree, and–”

“Make it every third or fourth tree. Let’s not get carried away now.”

“I just…man…okay. Is there any chance we don’t have to make them look like unfeeling, unblinking Eyes of Sauron?

*Silent stare*

“No? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Whatever you say, Grinch, you’re the boss.”

6 thoughts on “A wondrous tale of Christmas lights

  1. flyingplatypi says:

    This is my first Xmas In our house. I was so stoked to decorate the outside… Just like I’ve always wanted to. Turns out that putting lights up in the house is ass. Now I know why people leave them up til Spring.




    • Ha! Yeah, it’s one thing to admire someone else’s decorations, and it’s a whole other story when you have to spend some time setting them up.

      Which is why I don’t and instead complain about lack of decorations other people put up.

      Enjoy the first Xmas in the house!


  2. The hubs and I have a similar discussion every Christmas. I’m the minimalist and he’s OVER THE TOP!!!!!! He wins. He’d die of Christmas spirit deprivation in your neighborhood. Or maybe… he’d bring the spirit! Maybe… he’d be the catalyst! Maybe….

    Nah. I think your neighborhood looks perfect. Merry Minimalist Christmas to you!


    • I’ll be sure to pass on your approval to whoever is responsible for this sad display of Grinchiness!

      Although, if we’re honest, I’m not too bothered by it. I think the other extreme is more terrifying – a crowd of loud Santas yelling songs at anyone within the radius of 20 miles and a holographic Rudolph that sings?! No thanks!


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