Grumpy the Gator

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Grumpy the Gator

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Christmas lights and pajamas….

Alan and I started a new tradition a few years ago. This all began during a time when I was recovering from another sinus infection. We continue to enjoy this tradition every year in sickness and in health.
After spending too much time being inside, I was becoming a bit grouchy. Β The outside was beckoning to me…”Come out and play. You will have fun. Look at the Christmas lights.” Yes, the outdoors was calling me.
Alan decided in order for me to feel totally better, I needed some cheer. “Get your coat, honey. We are going to look for Christmas lights and decorations.”
My reply was, “Dear, I am already dressed for sleep. I am wearing my pajamas.”
My sweet husband persisted. “Yes, put your coat on over your pajamas. We are going to find the lights.”
Bundled up with thick fleece pajamas (which may or may not have penguins on them), we ventured into neighborhood after neighborhood. The car heater gave us warmth and Christmas music filled our ears with joy.
“Oh, look! Oh, ah!!! How pretty!! Look at that one. Look at those lights.” We continued on our trip enjoying every moment of Β magical colors and decorations. While gazing at those bright lights, we notice each star and remember the birthday we are celebrating. The birth of Jesus.
Ever since that first time Alan decided to cheer me up with a trip to see the lights, we have made this a special tradition. Yes, my pajamas are on and I am ready to go.
Christmas music playing on the car radio, laughter and love all around…..
Yes, my husband is a sweetie!! πŸ™‚
Have you seen Christmas lights this year? Amazing how seeing the bright colors will make you happy and remind you of the true reason for the season, the birth of Jesus.
Merry Christmas,

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 21:59h, 15 December Reply

    What better way to view the Christmas lights than in your warm and cozy jammies! I love looking at the lights this time of year. Merry Christmas, Mimi!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 22:11h, 15 December Reply

      Merry Christmas Jill! πŸ™‚

  • nancyhvest
    Posted at 22:04h, 15 December Reply

    I haven’t been to see any Christmas lights yet, but I will. We have a few neighborhoods in town that go all out . Merry Christmas to you!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 22:11h, 15 December Reply

      Merry Christmas Nancy! πŸ™‚

  • Betty Owens
    Posted at 23:47h, 15 December Reply

    Sounds like fun! We take mom out every year. She loves it! Hadn’t thought about going in pj’s, though.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:53h, 15 December Reply

      Pj’s make the trip extra special. πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  • Lynn Mosher
    Posted at 02:28h, 16 December Reply

    LOL I love this! So fun. Enjoy your jammied light tour! May you have a very blessed Christmas! πŸ˜€ ❀

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:19h, 16 December Reply

      Merry Christmas Lynn! πŸ™‚

  • Karen
    Posted at 03:50h, 16 December Reply

    What a sweet tradition! Merry Christmas, Mimi. 🌸❀️

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:18h, 16 December Reply

      Merry Christmas Karen! πŸ™‚

  • June Foster
    Posted at 13:00h, 16 December Reply

    I just want to know one thing. Do your PJ’s really have penguins on them? πŸ˜€

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:18h, 16 December Reply

      June, you are so funny! Yes, I do have penguins on one pair of my pajamas. πŸ™‚ Others have snowflakes and special designs. πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!!

  • M.B. Henry
    Posted at 01:46h, 19 December Reply

    How neat that a tradition formed out of something so unexpected. Cute post! Sounds like a cozy way to view Christmas lights!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:13h, 19 December Reply

      Thank you for reading my blog. Merry Christmas!! πŸ™‚

  • Sandra Ardoin
    Posted at 13:53h, 19 December Reply

    We did a short round on our way home one night, but need something longer. Merry Christmas to you and your penguins! πŸ™‚

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 17:05h, 19 December Reply

      Merry Christmas Sandra! πŸ™‚

  • Janet from FL
    Posted at 17:06h, 19 December Reply

    My husband and I always take 1 night to see the lights around town, too. Never in my pajamas though… that would be fun to do and walk around the neighborhood to see lights. It might start a trend of people walking the neighborhood in pajamas to see Christmas lights. Merry Christmas!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 17:06h, 19 December Reply

      You could start the pajama trend Janet. πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  • Wendy L. Macdonald
    Posted at 14:04h, 22 December Reply

    Mimi, what a wonderful idea your husband had. He’s a keeper too. πŸ™‚ We love viewing lights at night in our neighborhood. We also have a fun time hiding a special little card on each other throughout December. The finder hides it on the other person. It’s fun and it’s free. <3
    Blessings & merry Christmas ~ Wendy

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:25h, 22 December Reply

      Wendy, what a sweet idea to hide a special little card!! Those sweet things give special memories. Merry Christmas!

  • feistyfroggy
    Posted at 18:29h, 22 December Reply

    This post brought back fond childhood memories. I’m from a large family (I’m the 7th of 7 children) so we had to make our own fun–and lots of memories. Even though it can be brutally cold in Indiana, every year we would get in our jammies and go get ice cream. Then we would drive around in a VW bus (before there were vans) and look at Christmas lights.
    Thanks for the smile and memories!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:52h, 22 December Reply

      Such wonderful, special memories! Thank you for sharing your memories. Merry Christmas!!

  • Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Posted at 12:16h, 15 January Reply

    I am a bit late in reading this post, but what a cute story! I love this tradition ~ pj’s and all!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:55h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you for reading the post. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week!

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