It never has been our custom to decorate the exterior of our house during the Christmas Season. But…we always enjoyed the decorations which others lavished upon their homes across the Dallas, Texas area. We would jump into one of our VWs and head to the best well-known areas to drive slowly, uuuuhing and aaaahing over the brilliant displays.
One Christmas in the 1980s, the neighbor across the street from us telephoned to say that “Keith has just finished hanging the lights, y’all! Come outside to see them!”
My wife relayed the message to me and the children and we hurried outdoors to glory in the glow of scores of well-placed lights. We waved and shouted our congratulations, then retired to our quiet home. Suddenly I was struck by an inspiration!
I quickly rounded up the necessary things and went outside to the front of our house. Now, by this time in life, we had at least three Beetles and one Karmann Ghia parked at-the-ready in front of our house. I got into each and began moving them about. Finally, I had them parked as I had planned. Then, I set in motion my plan.
When I was done, I returned to the house and asked the wife and children to look outside. There was hooting and laughter after which Neva hurried to the phone to call the neighbors to tell them that OUR Christmas display was now completed…..that they should come out to see it. We convened in front of our house as the neighbors laughed over our Volkswagen Christmas display.
You see…once I had parked our VWs, I had turned on all of the hazard lights. They were blinking their message of Good Cheer to all who passed.