We all have funny Christmas stories and memories we will never forget. A few years back, my father managed to “out-Griswold” Chevy Chase in the Christmas Vacation movie. If you have seen that movie or even heard of it you know that Chevy Chase has the WORST luck during the holiday season. (Locking himself in the attic, falling through the roof, etc…) I didn’t think it could ever be done but my father pulled it off. This is the story of the Christmas my father almost caught the house on fire.
It was a cold December evening-one where the meteorologists on the news urged citizens to cover their plants with sheets due to a freeze warning. My father thought it would be a great idea to not only cover the bushes in the front of our house with a sheet but also put a decorative colored lamp under the sheet for extra warmth. He managed to get more heat than he bargained for! I woke up the next morning to find my mother distraught with my father about the ordeal. I walked outside to see the bushes were nothing but burned branches, the leaves non-existent and part of the house had been damaged with smoke. The remnants of the sheet lay on the grass in a charred disarray. I couldn’t believe it. All of this happened while we were asleep. My father, who is a very smart man, almost burned the house down just a few short days before Christmas!
We laugh about it now but he will never live down the year he (almost) caught the house on fire. It’s safe to say that he also learned his lesson! What’s your favorite Christmas Story or Memory?