Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Decorations: In Your Neighborhood!

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Drive through any neighborhood and you will see them: Christmas decorations adorning houses.
Lights, wreaths, stars, manger scenes, trees, reindeer, sleds, and Santas. From giant blow-up snowmen to a single electric candle in a window, decorations are everywhere.

There are neighborhood decorating contests, neighborhood elfing (you've been Elf-ed!), and even neighborhood codes that restrict the size and amount of decorations.

I even found blogs, announcements, and articles touting the best neighborhoods to view decorations in your city.

Some houses remain undecorated for Christmas. Maybe the residents don't celebrate Christmas. Or maybe they do, but resist commercialization by doing nothing. Or maybe they are too busy working, or even shopping for Christmas presents.

I remember one family that staged a living Nativity scene one Christmas complete with animals and live "actors" (I'm not sure if the baby Jesus was an actual baby or a doll).

Where I used to live there was one family that filled almost every square foot of their generous front yard with Christmas decorations from the graceful to the gaudy. (My Maryland/DC readers know exactly what house I am referring to!).

Where am I going with all of this? Simple: As you pass by decorated houses, whether they be simple or sophisticated, observe and enjoy. Don't pass judgement. Do remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Question: What are your thoughts concerning decorating your house & yard for Christmas? Share your thoughts below in 'comments'.

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