November 28, 2011

6,000 Twinkle Lights

One of the most common emails I get is how do I get my kids to do something that doesn't involve a screen?      Here's a little tip.  This Christmas season give them some Christmas lights and see what they can create.

After seeing this...
at Hollywood Studios in Disney World...
My girls decided they wanted to recreate the magic in our front yard.  Who would think a trio of girls would get so tickled about exterior illumination?  But there you have it.  The day after Thanksgiving it was off to Home Depot, where they bought a lot of lights.
And then they spent three days stringing them.  Allen thought he would save money by switching to all LED lights this year but judging by the number of trips to Home Depot for more lights and extension cords, I don"t think he gained any ground.
When Brianna ran out of  places the little ones could reach, she told them to stand on the hill and shout Merry Christmas to the cars passing by.  Which they did... for hours.  I was inside baking cookies, but I knew by they were working hard by the number of car horns I heard.
They had to call Pa in for technical support on the synchronized music.
But eventually they had it all up and going.

We were called outdoors several times to check the progress.  One time we had some egg nog to toast the holiday season.  Notice the bare feet.  It was really warm Thanksgiving weekend.
When they ran out of places to put lights on the house, they turned to the train.
Which looks fabulous covered in colored lights.
I knew they were putting up a lot of lights.  And I saw the finished product.  But I must tell you, the full impact hit me when I came home from class the night after they finished the job.  I sat in the driveway chuckling to myself for ten minutes.  It was really something special.

I love my girls festive spirit.

I love their enthusiasm for what brings joy to others.  I got such a kick out of watching them run to the window to watch cars slow down or stop in front of our house to check out the fruit of their labors.

And I love knowing that at least in some way they have captured the lesson I have been trying to teach their whole lives... "If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right."

All in all, not quite 5 million dancing lights, but 6,000 is nothing to sneeze at.  And after all you need to have something to look forward to next year, right?


  1. Wow, that's super neat! I love the music. :)


  2. Wow, that is incredible! Give my congratulations to the young ladies who orchestrated it -- they did a fabulous job. :)

    Elizabeth Rose

  3. quite impressed! Love those girls! Great job!!