Christmas lights, Christmas miracles


Greetings from my pit of convalescence.

On Monday, I came down with a bout of the Mighty Influenza, and while I’m mostly back to normal now, I still can’t breathe all the way to the bottom of my lungs. My house is littered with dirty dishes, blankets, dog toys, and tissues that as soon as I blow my nose into, Foxy tries to eat.

On Day 1 of this sickness, I came home from work early with heavy, achy limbs and a wicked headache. I felt atrocious. But as I made a beeline from the car to my front door, my only hope being the bed inside, I noticed something different about my house. And when I stepped up on the porch, I saw it.


That, my friends, is my front porch wrapped in Christmas lights, and a note from an anonymous someone telling me to plug them in.

And then my heart exploded with sprinkles.

It’s no secret that I have a hard time with festive merriment; remember, “convivial hullabaloo just isn’t really in my nature.” And while I actually love Christmas lights, I would never, EVER take the initiative to put them up myself. The fact that someone (I still don’t know who) not only had the idea, but actually took the time to flash-decorate my house for me is one of the sweetest gestures ever offered my way.

When I plugged them in, all but one strand lit up, leaving a dark spot in the midst of the bright colors. No complaints from me, though – because given the lack of cheer that would otherwise be my front porch, 3 out of 4 strands ain’t bad. Even in the midst of my sickness, I proudly plugged them in every night this week.

Last night, I was finally feeling up for some social interaction, so I plugged in my lights and went out for a bit.

And when I came home, all of the lights were working.

Christmas miracles just keep happening.



  1. CarrieBeth Sherwood on December 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    That’s the happiest thing ever!!

  2. Greta on December 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I love that you are being looked after. He is good!!

  3. Ginger on December 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM


  4. Brit on December 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Can I borrow your neighbors (this is me assuming it’s your neighbor). Because I’ll take Christmas lights over loud TVs any day.

  5. Michael on December 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Sweet!!! Wow…just, yeah, that’s what Christmas is. Glad you’re on the mend, and that your heart exploded with sprinkles!

  6. Pamela on December 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM


  7. Sarah on December 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    What a thoughtful Christmas gesture – amazing :)

  8. Peg Achterman on December 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    You reminded me to thank some elves that came to my house one year (the weekend of my mom’s memorial) and decorated for Christmas. Thanks.

  9. Lyla on December 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    So awesome.

  10. Paul Parsons on December 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    What a wonderful ending. I hope it is only the beginning, actually, of a story involving free lights. You live a pretty fascinating life, Annie.

    Love, Dad

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