I received this picture and the caption below in a forward from a friend of mine. You must view the picture (click the picture to view a larger image) then read the description below:
“Good news is that I truly out did myself this year with my Christmas decorations. The bad news is that I had to take him down after 2 days. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever. Great stories. But two things made me take it down. First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents as they almost wrecked when they drove by. Second, a 55 year old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn’t realize it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn’t take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard.”
After viewing the forward, it gave me an idea. I thought myself, “I can do this!” Our home sits on the corner of the first intersection in our neighborhood? Everyone would see it! My kids (and friends) give me grief every year during the holidays for my lack of exterior decorations. Their concerns would be solved! My home would be decorated or at least capture the attention of those driving or walking by my house.
Well, after I processed this idea, common sense got the best of me. How might the neighbors really react? “Why, here’s the preacher’s house, what kind of sick humor does he have?” While it might be funny in thought, it could be a stumbling block for others and most definitely I don’t want to do that. I really want people to be drawn to the Christ during this season. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve placed a renewed emphasis personally and congregationally with an observance of Advent this year. I want to focus on the coming hope, peace, joy, and love. Let’s focus on Christ – the coming of the Child.
With that in mind, does anyone have any good exterior Christmas decoration ideas to draw attention to Christ? By the way, I watched part of the movie “Deck the Halls” and that definitely isn’t happening to my house – way too many lights!