My brother has been talking about putting up lights on the outside of his place for a couple years now, so we decided to make a little day of it and deck the heck out of his townhouse.
Andy was very useful, especially with his long arms and years gleaned from his younger days and his annual family Christmas light hanging adventures. My brother has the perfect porch for icicle lights, so we got right to work hanging those.
He also wrapped a tree out front while mom and I practiced our spectating and "a little to the left" skills. It happened that the day was about 60 degrees, which need I remind you was hot off the heels of our epic snowstorm, which there is no evidence of because it melted just as quickly as it came.
I may or may not have taken over the project management roll when there was one strand left and the guys started haphazardly wrapping it around the trunk of a fat tree. I think I yelled, "Around the door!" about six times before they finally gave in and appeased me.
^^ Um, yes, perfect! Who doesn't love having their front door bordered in Christmas lights?! :)
We came in and ate an amazing dinner together and my brother built us a roaring fire (which I am only slightly jealous of) and we made about 200 attempts to get a good picture of mom and dad in front of the tree. It was mostly shenanigans.
We also updated the chalkboard with a little Christmas countdown. It surely is the most wonderful time of the year. :)