Jingle Bells at the Junction – Karen Witemeyer

Merry Christmas from my home to yours!


Every year my husband puts up our Christmas lights, and my favorite part is always the Christmas tree he fashions on the roof. It came about when we were going through old strings of lights several years ago, and he decided to get creative with a bunch of leftover green lights that didn’t match the multicolored strands we were using for the rest of the house. Other houses in the neighborhood might have fancier ornamentation, but no one else has a tree on the roof. It always makes me smile.


What unique decorating traditions does your family engage in at Christmas?


May the Lord bless you this holiday and throughout the New Year!


For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and the government shall be upon his shoulder:

and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,

the mighty God, the everlasting Father,

the Prince of Peace.

~ Isaiah 9:6 ~


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For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at: www.karenwitemeyer.com.

18 thoughts on “Jingle Bells at the Junction – Karen Witemeyer”

  1. I like to decorate everyroom and sometimes get very creative in the bathroom. Dangerous to have lights but usually safe with battery powered.

  2. Beautiful lights! I love the tree on the roof. It’s different from everyone else’s. I didn’t put up any outside decorations this year. I don’t climb on roofs or any of that and my son was too busy. I did get a tree up though this year so I’m doing good. Seems the older I get the less I care about going to a lot of trouble decorating. You just have to take it all down if you put it up. But, I’m not bah-humbugging Christmas. Just getting tired in my old age. LOL

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful glorious Christmas!!

  3. Karen! I looooove your Christmas tree on the roof! What a great use of leftover lights. I bet your husband would get along with mine, who lives by the motto: Buy what we use and use what we buy.

  4. Hi, Linda. I hear you about it being harder and harder to decorate every year. It seems there are just more and more drains on our energy, doesn’t it? I don’t htink I would have gotten the tree up if my 12 year old son hadn’t taken it upon himself to piece it together while I was out of town. He got a bit hug for that one.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Karen – Love your Christmas Tree roof display! I don’t do outdoor decorations – tried it one year and the neighborhood dogs had a fine time with the pieces. So I restrict my decorating to indoors now, but I do go all out in my living room and dining room.

  6. LOL, Mary. Were you listening at the keyhole? How did you know that I told my husband to make sure he did an extra special job with the lights just so Mary Connealy over in Nebraska would feel ashamed? 😉

    If it makes you feel any better, the inside decorations (which I’m actually in charge of) is limited to basically one room. I figure if the living room is decorated, who cares about the rest of the house. I think I’ve got that same “minimalist” mentality that you do.

  7. Hi, Winnie. I know what you mean about those outdoor deocroations. Light are pretty much the only thing we do. We had light-up snow men stolen from our yard two years in a row, so we finally decided to bring them in and have them decorate our fireplace. Then the year I bought my hubby one of those big inflatable snowmen, he put it up Christmas Day and before the day was out, one of the neightbor kids, who apparently got a new paint gun for Christmas, decapitated it. There was a blotch of yellow paint along the neck seam. I felt like a CSI determining cause of death. So sad.

  8. We have never been a family to decorate with outside lights. However, we have a pine tree in the field by the house that gets decorated with things for the birds. But then it takes us until March to clean it up!
    I remember one night I came home late from a meeting in Nevada and as I got south of Topaz Lake, coming into California, the population is sparse. But way off in the distance someone had decorated their barn. Lights outlined it with a bunch of lights on the roof. That was so beautiful I had tears. This was a good 20 years ago and I still remember it each year.

  9. Hi, Mary J. My family and I attend a small country church outside the town limits and every year at Christmas time there are two houses that are lit up with white lights outlining roofs, barns, even trees with great detail. It make driving out to church such a treat. Truly beautiful.

  10. The tree on the roof is wonderful, Karen! This was the first year I’ve been in a house, not an apartment. So, I was very excited to string some garland with lights outside. Nothing too daring, but it was fun to do. 🙂


  11. Love your tree on the roof! I would have never thought to do that. Around here the quicker they can get the lights out the better they like it.

  12. Our address sign board is at the bottom of our driveway, much too far from any building to have lights. Most years I make a scarecrow with a cowboy hat sometime in October and set him next to the sign. After Thanksgiving a red coat with white trim turns him into “Cowboy Santa”. This year I added solar sidewalk lights to brighten the display. They aren’t very bright but they add a fun touch. Not anywhere as nice as you rooftop tree.

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