Christmas Traditions

My one-year-old grandson tried to stage a prison break and liberate the Christmas tree from inside it’s protective fence. He doesn’t understand that what the tree needs protection from – is him. He grabbed the fence and shook it in a gallant effort to bring the barrier down, and then turned and looked to Grandma for help in righting this injustice. I was not forthcoming, (heartbreaking as it is to learn that occasionally Grandma isn’t in your corner), and with a final tug he moved on to other conquests, such as the backdoor handle. Thankfully, he can’t reach the deadbolt.
When my son was almost one, my mother laid chairs over on their sides and built her own kind of fence to keep him out of the Christmas tree at their house. It worked. I suppose these creative efforts have been going on for as long as there have been Christmas trees and little ones. Ahh the holidays!
We drove the neighborhoods after dark in search of creative wonders made of light. I’m afraid what I put up at home before leaving, would be viewed with boos. Compared to the beautiful job my son-in-law did with their house, my first effort is rather dismal. I now have ideas for more to do in the future, but my excuse this year is that it is my first year in the new house, and the first year I’ve lived someplace people will actually see my lights, and, if I’m not there – what’s the point? Not very good excuses are they? I’ll get better – with the lights that is. Excuses are always lousy, though sometimes true. I just hope there are still the kind of lights I want available when I get home. If not, there’s always next year.
In the fall – people go leaf peeping. What is it called when you go light looking?

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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