Merry CHRISTmas!

My amazing husband is the Christmas card letter writer every year and today he is the honorary guest blogger.

If anyone’s seen the movie “Christmas vacation,” they know that a guy by the name of Clark Griswold put so many Christmas lights on his house that it could be seen from outer space. Now I’ve been called a lot worse in life, but most people that have seen our house this season have walked up to me and said, “Hey, it’s Clark Griswold!” We’ve got a faux tree lot, a 10 ft. blown up archway, a merry go round, a snowman, an animated Grinch and Charlie Brown popping out of chimneys, reindeer, 5 Christmas trees, 3 different manger scenes, music playing, blanketed snow everywhere, a huge Merry Christmas sign, and of course lights. Lots of lights. But I wanted an item that would put us “over the top.” Something spectacular. Something no one else had. Something jaw dropping. Well, thanks to my brilliant, computer savvy wife, she found the item that would take everything to a new level: A snow machine! After attaching it to the roof, I brought the family out and had them stand in the driveway, right next to the manger scene with baby Jesus in it. I told Halley and Lucy that they have to yell as loud as they could, “Let it snow!,” and then it would start snowing. After the most beautiful/ ear-piercing/ shouting at the top of their lungs/ how is it possible for two little children to be so loud scream, I turned it on and... it started snowing!!!... in Southern California!!! This “silly” little miracle reminded me of that special night over 2,000 years ago. After the angel announced to the shepherds that they should be looking for a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger, something MUCH louder than the screams of a 2 & 4 year old made history... At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing and shouting God’s praises:

“Glory to God in the highest! Peace to all 
men and women on earth who please Him!”

Can you imagine what it sounded like? Can you imagine what it would’ve been like to witness the miracle of Christ, and the roar of armies of angels, singing and shouting? Joy to the world! The Lord has come! I’ll bet those shepherds never forgot that night. How about you? Do you remember why Christmas is CHRISTmas? If you stop and listen, you can still hear the angels, and all of creation pointing to a God who loved the world so much that He gave His Son. And oh yeah, you can probably hear our girls screaming too. “Let it snow!”

This is our house.
Just doing our part to keep the electric company in business 
and to keep Christmas cheer alive in our city.


  1. Your right it would have been awesome to witness his birth!

    Love the house and you know children all over are getting all giddy when they ride by and visit, even the oldest kids! Keep the smiles going!

    Merry Christmas to your family from ours!

  2. Merry, Merry Christmas!! I hope you have an amazing holiday!!

  3. Funny, Christmas Vacation is playing at our house right now!

  4. We totally saw your house the other night when we were were doing our own little 'tour de lights' in MV! So impressed. You SO would've won on Edmonton Pl.

  5. Julie- I just had to share this fabulous Christmas gift with someone I know would appreciate it!:

  6. LOVE IT! I shorted out my outlet, so we didn't get lights this year...oopsie! I'm glad you're proving that blondes CAN plug in the Christmas lights successfully!

  7. We have your card hanging in the living room, and India always points to it and says, "That daddy is ANGRY!"