And then there's the good stuff.
Putting up Christmas lights on your own house for the first time. There's something a little magical about that. And every time I drive up to my house and see the lights, it reminds me a little bit of how awesome it is to come home to my parents' house during the holidays. My mom goes all out and I'm not exaggerating to say that she's got the best looking Christmas light display I've ever seen. It's perfect in every way. And though mine is a long way from hers, I can feel a little of that same excitement coming home to a house that's all lit up and waiting for me each night.