Christmas in the sense of the gift of giving, the surprise of unexpected kindness and ....
beautiful Christmas illuminations. :)
My dodgy picture taking is really, really not doing it justice and the lights are on this funky rhythm pattern thing so you can't see them all but trust me, it's beautiful.
My dear, dear friend in Saitama? Her husband is an electrician and he brought all this up and then oh-so-patiently talked my husband through setting it up (which totally made his day as he is always wanting to fiddle with the electrics around here and mean old me won't let him) and left us this amazing lighting display that's hardwired into the outdoor light so every time you turn the porch light on on go the decorations.
I am a bit of a stickler for Christmas starting no earlier than December 1. I grouch and moan throughout November as all the stores start their Christmas song mixes and I was horrified to see Daiso selling Christmas decorations right next to Halloween ones!! Growing up our Christmas didn't start until the 18th as my sister's birthday is the 17th and mum wanted to give her her birthday Christmas free.
But looking at my very own 'heartfully' (that really should be an English word!) given and simply stunning Christmas illuminations I am finding myself becoming a turncoat disturbingly quickly. And a big part of it is thinking every time I look at them what a really sweet and kind thing it was to do.
So Merry early Christmas and don't forget to put me on your Christmas Eve date night, KFC and strawberry shortcake, illuminations by car tour.
Free hot cocoa! ;P