Monday, December 13, 2010

Our Christmas Candle-less Windows

We've given it our best shot.

Every year we've tried.

We've wasted a ridiculous amount of money.

And yet?

While the rest of our neighbors' homes have windows that are radiantly lit with festive candle lights in each and every window...

All the windows in our Trenches remain bare.



Every year.  Every.stinkin.year.  We start right after Thanksgiving.  We look for window candles.  Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Target, Christmas Tree Shops, Michaels.  You name a store, we've bought their window candles.

One year we even bought some off the internet.  They worked, but the candle flame?  Was dimly red and flickering.  It looked terrible from the street.  No good.

We've tried ones with electrical cords. (Which subsequently makes a big mess of cords because there aren't electrical sockets underneath each and every window).  We've tried battery-operated ones.  (The batteries die out too quick.  Or at least some of them.  So the house is only half-lit at night.  Kinda like me.  Tee hee.)

Our other problem is that we don't have window ledges.  So some years we've used duct tape.  Which looks, as you can imagine, hideous from the inside.  One year Hubby wedged the candles in place using little pieces of cardboard.  McGuyverish, he is.

Our biggest success was the year we miraculously found little suction cup holders.  The candle fit right in the holder, and then the other side suctioned to the windows.  But those are long lost in the black hole that is my basement storage.

This year was the first year we resolved to LET GO.  No more futile attempts.  No more frustration.  NO WINDOW CANDLES FOR US.

And so, as I mentioned, while the rest of the houses on our street are bright and lighted and decorated and festive and shiny...

This is our sad, sad, bare house.



Deb said...

How do your neighbors do it? I've always wanted to light the windows, but I've thought through some of the logistics (like all the cords and batteries), and I just can't figure it out.

Maureen said...

You have a beautiful house. Buy a spotlight - stick in out in the yard and have it shine on the house itself.

That's my vote.

(This coming from the woman who has a catrillion extension cords for her electric window candles.)

Keegan said...

ask your neighbors what they do! For all you know they buiy a bazillion AA batteries and every night go around and replace all the batteries.

I remember this exact challenge when we bought our house 8 years ago. It's a classic colonial that just begged for a light in each window. We tried the cords and yes, what were we thinking?? Next year was the batteried ones. I replaced them all twice and gave up around the beginning of December.

Anonymous said...

I really think this is an east coast thing. I am east coast girl transplanted to the pacific northwest and NO ONE does it here! I've always used the electric plug in ones and you are right, they are a tangled mess. I gave up a few years ago and never looked back. Don't sweat the small stuff.


Kim - Mommycosm said...

lol - my kids complained last night that we're the only house in the neighborhood without lights. Seriously, where do these people get the time and money to light up their whole houses?! I told them we could have a week in Aruba or the house lit up for a couple of weeks. They chose Aruba;)

I'd like to use window candles - if they were solar powered, cordless and had a neat little box to pack them back up every year. So, basically, not gonna happen...this year.

Rebecca said...

We used to have these solar powered ones that actually looked good. My stepmother used those twist-tie things that come with garbage bags. She would wrap it around the candle, open the window, stick the extra under the window, and close it. They did alright.

Personally, I'd find another decoration to obsess over. With no ledges, this sounds rough!

Maglet said...

Your house looks fine! I love the spotlight idea, as well. If my house wasn't lit up like the 4th of July right now, I'd be doing the spotlight thing. Maybe next year... LOL!

The festivities on the inside are way more important than what's on the outside of your house and y'all seem like you have fun. That's all that matters!!! :)

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

When we were buying our house the seller told us that when they had it built they put an outlet under each front window and each bottom electrical socket could be powered on and off by a switch on the wall. The sole reason? Christmas candles. Uh SOLD.

AJ said...

I feel your pain. Our house never seems to look as festive as others. Then again, I'm sure our electric bill is much less!

Lacey said...

Sometimes less is more!! Cute blog!

Lacey Howell

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Wait... you don't have candles in the windows.

Oh, the shame you bring upon your neighborhood.

The shame.

ear candling said...

I love the use of candles for the holidays. I reserve my holiday candles for Christmas eve and then light. It makes for a solemn night.


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