Took advantage of the mild temperatures to get our outdoor Christmas lights up on Thanksgiving weekend.
Our outdoor decorations show well both day and night. Garlands, bows and ornaments for daytime while lights take over after dark. Nearby neighbors also put lights out so our end of the street is nicely "Christmasy" during the holiday season.
When I was growing up, my dad decorated our house with holiday lights so I often think of him when I put our lights up. Something about Christmas lights….No matter how cold the weather, I stroll our block several times during the season to enjoy Christmas lights.
My wife and I usually plan at least one Christmas lights driving tour every season. A neighborhood across town is a favorite for its many large homes that are stunningly decorated. However, ours is my favorite house because our outside Christmas lights reflect the faith we live inside our house year-round. As we walk life out with the Lord, we grow more and more grateful for the gift of salvation in Jesus.
Just inside our front door is a little ceramic plaque bearing the last sentence of Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Our outdoor Christmas lights proclaim the same message.
“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8, ESV)