It's the little things. It really is the little things.
About four years ago, I noticed my neighbor had these wonderful Christmas decorations that caught my attention. You've probably seen them around your neighborhood too. They are round balls about the size of a softball, and they light up. Most people like to hang them from their front porch or in front of a window... usually in groups of threes or fours...they are so pretty. I just love how they brighten a home for Christmas!
Anyway, I saw these decorations and decided that I should buy some at the end of the season at a discount for the following Christmas. So I did. I bought four...one was made of multi-colored lights and the others were made of the white lights. I packed them up with all the other Christmas decorations and forgot all about them. A year passed and I rifled through my Christmas decorations and was pleasantly reminded of my round "orbs" and instantly became excited at being able to put them up. Alas, the "orbs" did not make it up. Life was too busy...Henry had been born, we were traveling to Texas and things just got away from us. The "orbs" stayed stored in my closet for four years...neglected.
This year as I gathered my decorations, I found my little treasures. I looked at them and thought, "too much trouble" and "there is not enough time". But I did pull them out and set them on the front porch thinking that maybe, just maybe, my handy husband might find some time to put them up for me, but my expectations were low. After all, I hadn't even ASKED my husband really...nor had I been very clear about my desires for the things.
It's now a few minutes into Christmas Eve and I have sat down to write a few thoughts about how Advent has been in my house. I've settled into my usual spot in the living room and as I was gathering my thoughts on what to write, I happened to look through my front window and that's when I saw it hanging there...glowing in a most radiant light. One Christmas "orb" hanging in all its glory on my front porch!
I was surprised and delighted...those silly things do make me smile! But it was my husband who went through all the extra effort to put it up for me as well as a whole slew of outdoor lights. Just in time for the King of Kings to be born. What better a time than Christmas Eve?
Merry Christmas everyone! And may we all enjoy the simple things that Christmas brings!