In Search Of The Christmas Spirit

Christmas, Christmas lights, humor, Modern PhilosopherI caught the interns trying to sneak my artificial Christmas tree out of the basement today, Modern Philosophers.

When I asked them what they intended to do with it, the one with the neck tattoo said she hoped putting up the tree would fill me with the Christmas Spirit.

Bah Humbug!

A Christmas tree in the middle of my living room is only going to remind me that I’m all alone and there will be no presents waiting on Christmas morning.

Of course, the interns persisted.Β  The one with the Mohawk told me it upset him to see me as blue as his hair for the holidays.

I promised them that if they returned the tree to its basement lair, I would do something tonight that always puts me in a Christmassy mood.

They seemed skeptical, but they eventually relented because they wanted the easy A they get by interning for me.

But a promise is a promise, and I’m not going to tell a lie and end up on the Naughty List in case Santa Claus finally decides to visit The House on the Hill this year.

So as I’ve done every Christmas season since my childhood, I went out to look at the Christmas lights in my neighborhood.

I brought my camera with me and thought I’d share some of my favorites…

Christmas, Christmas lights, humor, Modern PhilosopherChristmas, Christmas lights, humor, Modern PhilosopherChristmas, Christmas lights, humor, Modern PhilosopherChristmas, Christmas lights, humor, Modern PhilosopherChristmas, Christmas lights, humor, Modern PhilosopherI really enjoyed my walk around the neighborhood, and seeing all those colorful lights definitely had me humming Christmas carols as I headed back to The House on the Hill.

There’s something about Christmas lights that just fills me with the spirit of the season.

Are you a fan of Christmas lights? Do you put them up at your home? Which photo is your favorite?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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50 Responses to In Search Of The Christmas Spirit

  1. cbiz50 says:

    Hi!
    I like the last one…the horse…simple is best…I appreciate the efforts folks put into their outside lights but a lighted wreath on the door or side of the house is classic…

  2. cat9984 says:

    We have minimalist lights at our house (we don’t live where anyone can really see them is the excuse we use). My husband is really sick right now, and our estranged daughter came over to decorate the tree. We can’t put anything under it because of Kommando Kitty (she eats the ribbons), but it looks pretty. We also have a light-up cat in a red-and-green scarf and hat guarding the tree. πŸ™‚ Almost forgot – I like the second from the bottom.

  3. ksbeth says:

    walking around and seeing the lights always bring me a lot of cheer as well, put them up inside at my house, haven’t mastered outside yet )

  4. markbialczak says:

    I am a fan of Christmas lights, Austin. I decorate the tree that’s smack dab in the middle of our front lawn here in the Syracuse β€˜burb. I’m saving this year’s photo for my Christmas Day post …

  5. Great pictures. Yes, the lights can cheer you up, especially knowing that people go through a lot of trouble to cheer you up. Wishing you Christmas cheer. I like to count my blessings to brighten my day. You’re not alone. You have friends right here. 😊

  6. The Hook says:

    Damn interns…
    Great pics, by the way, Austin!

  7. grannyK says:

    I like the rocking horse one!

  8. lydiaschoch says:

    I love Christmas lights! I don’t have any up in my apartment, but I do like walking or driving around to see what people who live in houses do to decorate outside for the holidays.

  9. Adele Ankers says:

    That’s the spirit! πŸ™‚ I love all things Christmas, including the lights, it makes everything look so beautiful and magical. Great photos!

    • Austin says:

      Thanks, Adele. I was hoping you would read yesterday’s short story. I thought you might enjoy it. πŸ™‚

      • Adele Ankers says:

        Of course, it was right up my street! I need it on my screen this minute. πŸ™‚

      • Austin says:

        You think it would make a great little movie, too? That was exactly my thought! Also, you don’t seem to get my messages on Twitter. πŸ™‚

      • Adele Ankers says:

        Totally, it has all of the key ingredients! Everyone would be rooting for Jack. πŸ™‚ Likewise on Twitter?! I’m getting a new phone soon and it seemed to work more consistently on there, so we will see!

      • Austin says:

        I’m going to have a conversation about my producer about the possibility of expanding that story into a screenplay.

        I hope your new phone gets my messages. πŸ™‚

      • Austin says:

        I think you would like last night’s blog post, which is a synopsis of my all time favorite Christmas flick: It’s A Wonderful Life To Die Hard. πŸ™‚

  10. AAristizabal says:

    I loved the second one! Not a big fan of setting Christmas lights myself; but always enjoying them from afar…BTW, I am starting to like your interns!

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