Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Public Displays of Holiday Spirit!

I love people who decorate for the holidays (though my dh may be shocked to hear me say so, since I grumble every time he brings out our bins of lights, houses, and garlands collected in many years of after-holiday sales). I usually leave the in-house decorating to our household Santa and his elves (I do the cards, having the only legible handwriting in the home). We don't do outside, though. Only inside. Mostly the living room.

Some years our living room is blinding. Others, not so much. This year we have our winter village houses out. And some lights (we never get the tree until close to the 24th, since we can then leave it up for half of January without worrying about redecorating the floor with pine needles).

To be honest, if it weren't for the others, I might not do much. Because I'm lazy. Which leads me to the point of my post: those overgifted with the spirit of the holidays. You know who I mean. The people who light up every eave. The people with the giant blowup snowglobe, Santa, Snoopy, electric candles in every window, giant wreaths with big red bows lit by landscape lighting. Yep. Those.

So far, we've been out twice to look at lights. I had been afraid in this economic times no one would light up. Hah! The display is more magnificent than ever.

Maybe dh and I should consider getting out the ladder? [Horrible pictures of me hanging upside down from the ladder, with a Santa around my neck]. Okay. Maybe not.

Don't forget to drive through your neighborhoods and appreciate those people who worked so hard to put up those public displays (and will have to pay the electric bill next month).

If you are one who does the whole PDHJ -- I salute you.



Jennifer Echols said...

I think we are going to see a big jump in holiday lights thanks to the invention of a remote. You just plug a small box into your outlet outside and then plug the lights into that. You can use the remote to turn different strings of lights on and off from the comfort of indoors.

OR...maybe the remote has been around for a long time and this is just the first year I have bothered with lights.

Kelly McClymer said...

I think remotes have been around a while (dh has everything on a remote *inside* our house...sigh, I married a glue and remote control geek).

However, there's still the need to conquer a fear of heights to get the lights on the eaves.

Did you go with white, blue or multi-colored?

Micol Ostow said...

It's a little bit harder to go all-out in an NYC apartment, but we've tried. Yay for holiday spirit!

Kelly McClymer said...


To be honest, competing with NYC proper is tough. The only city I love more at this time of year is Niagara Falls (which utterly blew me away with their holiday displays). Whatever brings the spirit and the hope for a bright new year works!