If you are stopping by from another tour is so nice to meet you. Let’s drink coffee and put on cozy slippers and watch Hallmark movies and eat Christmas cookies and be friends forever.
I am so excited to show you all the twinkling lights that are Christmasing around our house today.
But before we become friends, I have to be completely transparent.
Before you scroll another minute.
Before you look at a single twinkly Christmas light.
Before you wonder if that many trees in one house are even possible.
I need to let you know something.
I think I need a smiley face intervention.
Have you seen the smiley faces on these posts?
I can’t help it. I think the world needs a good smiley face for emphasis every now and then.
I mean have you seen the blue and white Christmas decorations in my living room?
Wouldn’t they make you smile?
Wouldn’t they make you want to add a few of these 🙂 🙂 🙂 :)?
Maybe I like smiley faces so much because in general I am a smiley person.
Not just a little smiley.
Really, really smiley.
But as much as this super colorful dining room makes me so happy?
Maybe even a really smiley person can overdo it with a plethora of these. 🙂
The other day. in a Facebook thread I counted 23 smiley faces.
And that was after I held myself back.
I looked at the messages and there they all were 🙂 grinning at me from cyberspace. Just between us? I thought I needed to take a step back and evaluate. Enough already.
Is every sentence truly worthy of a smiley?
Maybe it’s because I am a writer.
In blog land we live in the world of the written word. We write words in e-mail and Facebook and Twitter and on our blogs. And the challenge is that it is so easy for the written word to be misunderstood.
Especially when that is all you have.
It’s so easy to read emotions into words that sometimes aren’t even there.
It might seem like the writer is happy or excited.
Or sarcastic or frustrated or overwhelmed or completely full of joy about the twinkly lights on a tree in the family room.
But how do you really know?
That’s why the smiley face is so perfect.
It completely removes all doubt.
When you see a smiley face you don’t have to wonder or guess or pontificate you just know that the writer is smiley 🙂
Lately it seems like there has been a little too much of a good thing.
So before I embark on a self-imposed smiley face reduction in 2020 can I just add a few more for the road?
I’m so glad it’s Christmas time. 🙂
I’m so glad you’re here. 🙂
I’m so glad we live in a world where there are Decembers. 🙂
I’m so happy this house is full of twinkling Christmas trees with glitter ornaments and stars and reindeer and snowflakes and seventeen turtledoves and a partridge in a pear tree 🙂
My smiley faces and I hope you liked the tour.
I have to go. We are hosting a get-to-know-you holiday party for the 27 other emoticons 🙂
If you are looking for a little more smiley-faced Christmas inspiration? Here are the rest of the homes on the Christmas tour.
Monday December 9th
Tuesday December 10th