Christmas and the winter holiday season are considered the most wonderful time of the year. For me, however, it can be the most hectic. The day-to-day problems like going to work, paying the bills, taking the kids to school, and everything else required still exist on top of holiday needs like purchasing gifts, wrapping presents, and decorating the house. The peppermint candy canes are just not worth the hassle, in my opinion.

However, my children absolutely adore the Christmas season. Since they could speak, I have heard repeated demands to visit the North Pole (also known as the local mall) and take a picture with Santa Claus. I am well aware that with time they will grow out of this obsession. But as people have reminded me, I should appreciate this period of simplicity and innocence in their lives. So I have responded to their demands with a full-throated endorsement of Christmas fever.

We always over-deliver on our presents, often giving the children above and beyond what they could ever ask for. They are just so dang cute, it is hard to not spoil them. One year, you could barely see the living room floor because many wrapped gifts occupied so much space around the Christmas tree!

But as you know, wrapping and distributing gifts is not enough to truly engage in the Christmas spirit. My kids always want to take pictures with Santa, sure, but they also want to watch classic Christmas movies like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or It’s a Wonderful Life. And even more importantly, they want to have the prettiest Christmas lights outside from the end of Thanksgiving to the beginning of the New Year (when we promptly take the lights down).

But as I said, the holiday season is just so jam-packed! Last year, when we were about to dedicate an afternoon (and likely, the evening as well) to putting up Christmas lights on the exterior of our house, my family soon realized that we had to attend a family Christmas party that same night. I quickly dressed the children in holiday-themed sweaters (both for the novelty and because it was cold!) and rushed out of the house. We were not able to find a single other night for the remainder of the month that we would all be free to dedicate time to put up lights.

And none of us (especially the small children) were particularly concerned with the details of the lights. It is not as if we wanted an exact aesthetic. More broadly, we just wanted lights to be up on the house. Nothing more, nothing less.

We got a recommendation from friends to use Daybreaker Landscapes to help us put up outdoor lighting. They do permanent light fixtures as well as holiday lighting. Their lighting experts can help you choose a design theme, install the lights, and even store the lights when you don’t want them up. They are not only recommended for the quality of their service but also because Daybreaker Landscapes works hard to make sure that you feel like a valued customer (they warn of common scams for light installation companies, for example). Check them out!


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