December Writing Challenge #16: Outside Christmas Lights 2


Author’s Note: This piece has been edited and now appears in “Angel Songs, 20 Christmas Short Stories and Poems, plus Recipes” by Dona Watson. Click here for more info.

Today I declare to be fun day!

(No, this isn’t our house. But it is a neighbor’s.)

Hanging outdoor lights is not an easy task and I applaud my husband for rising to the challenge every year. But when I think of outside Christmas lights, I think of all those, shall we say, mishaps that we have seen over the years. Some years, it seemed like a good idea to ball up the lights, shove them in a box and just forget it. It didn’t seem funny at the time, but looking back, well, as they say, time heals all wounds.

So, in a moment of levity, I wrote a limerick for today. (Thank you for your indulgence. 🙂 ) Anyone else want to try their hand at writing one? I’d love to see yours — I’m sure it can’t be worse than mine.

There was a brave man hanging lights
For to brighten and cheer the cold nights
But the lights, they fell down
And the man, he did frown
And he said, “I don’t mind those cold nights.”

This poem is part of a Writing Challenge I have undertaken to write something every day in the month of December on a pre-selected list of topics. Photographer Jacqueline Ashford is keeping pace with me on the same list of topics, her with a camera and me with a keyboard. You can see Jacqueline’s gorgeous photos here. We’re having way too much fun with this mutual challenge. (You can see the list of topics here.)

Tomorrow’s Topic: Presents

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2 thoughts on “December Writing Challenge #16: Outside Christmas Lights

  • Dad & Mom

    I loved your limerick and taking your challenge, I’m not sure if this is a “limerick,” but here goes:
    Outside lights
    Lights so bright
    Light the night
    All to remind us of what’s Right:
    Our Lord, the world’s Light!