christmas (tat) number four - the lights are on

@jb78000 (15173)
December 1, 2009 6:06am CST
but nobody's home. christmas decorations can be festive and cosy. in moderation. however what exactly is the point of spending good money on having life sized flashing reindeers and santas stuck on the outside of your house? what do you think is one light or piece of tinsel too much? and here is the obligatory song. about lights.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6IQoOvvc1g
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@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
Never got that one at all, they must be set up by some kind of thwarted pyromaniacs who like playing with lightbulbs. Presumably they then take their anorokas and sleeping bags onto the front law to admire their handiwork all through December with total disregard to the waste of electricity.
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@jb78000 (15173)
1 Dec 09
it is dreadful here - grostesque oversized santas and worse all over the place
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
1 Dec 09
How? Santas in anoraks now?
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• Australia
1 Dec 09
Well over here they should be in bikinis!
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• United States
1 Dec 09
We usually decorate the Christmas tree and frame the window it is in front of with lights. That makes it look pretty (in my opinion) from both the inside and outside without overdoing it. We do have two reindeer that light up in front of the house on either side of our walkway. The only time that we turn them on, though, is when we go out in the evening and will not be back until after dark. This provides light for us to see in the driveway and into the house, so we do this instead of leaving the front porch light on. We do not leave them on if we are home, though, unless we are expecting company, and therefore use them in place of the front porch lights. I do not think we are going to bother this year, though, as the whole thing seems pointless. We will put the tree up for the little one (minus the lights in the window), but I am not sure how much other decorating we will do.
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@jb78000 (15173)
1 Dec 09
reindeer shaped alternatives to what you normally turn on anyway sounds pretty sensible and i imagine the little one likes them
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• United States
2 Dec 09
Yeah, you are right. The little one really does like it, and it does not seem to cost any more than turning on the porch light (or if it does it is only a few dollars, because the electric bill stays about the same from month to month). Even though I am not into the whole Christmas thing this year, she is at the age where she is noticing everything and thinks all the lights and decorations are pretty. I guess we will have to dig the reindeer out of storage this year, too. Thanks for reminding me of the main reason we do these things - it brings joy to the little ones.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
1 Dec 09
I do think it can be overdone to the point of looking tacky. I do like the lights that people put up tho. I live in an apartment and on a very fixed income so my lights are limited and only on when my daughter and I are home at night for a couple of hours. We have some wealthy areas in our town that decorate their lawns and homes so beautifully. It is a lot but it is done in such good taste. When I was a kid my parents would load my brothers and I in the car and we'd drive around looking at the lights. I did the same with my kids when they were small. When you are a little kid, the lights are magically beautiful. I am guessing that is why some people do it. Still...it can be overdone. I think the ugliest of all is the inflatable ones. Driving my daughter to school, I see a lawn full of de-flated reindeer, santa and snowmen. It appeared they got shot down during the night.
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@jb78000 (15173)
2 Dec 09
tastful? so no monstrous lit up/blown up santas, elves, reindeer and puddings then? you don't know what you are missing
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
1 Dec 09
I think many do it for the enjoyment of others as much as their own. I can think of no other reason. Karen
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@jb78000 (15173)
1 Dec 09
some maybe. i think a lot of the time it is about status though - they want to look as festive as them next door.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
1 Dec 09
I have never decorated outside I have actually just finished putting mine up in here lol if I would not have done it today they would not have gone up at all as I really was not in the mood to put them up lol But they are up now even though I have a lot less now then what I use to have
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@jb78000 (15173)
1 Dec 09
can't really be bothered myself. if there was a bit of tinsel lying around i'd stick it up but i am certainly not going to go out and spend money on shiny things.
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
1 Dec 09
Hello, Judith. I wind a rope light around the handrail from the terrace into our garden, and criss cross 2 sets of lights across the ceiling of our terrace. It looks nice from inside and out, it doesn't take ages to put up or take down, and it doesn't send the electric bill into the stratosphere. Anything that takes more than 10 minutes to put up or take down is too much in my opinion.
@jb78000 (15173)
1 Dec 09
so no flashing santas then? very restrained
• United States
2 Dec 09
I have never decorated the outside the house for christmas. I do put up a real christmas tree every year. I do something alittle silly.... i let the kids decorate it the way they like it.....it seems they hang the ornaments all over every different direction and tinsel is everywhere and it looks messy. Since i have problems just leaving something messy and disorganized i quickly fix it when they go to sleep lol. Yes i know some people think thats silly to care how organized the tree decorations are but its something ive done since the kids where very young lol.
@jb78000 (15173)
2 Dec 09
when i was little we used to decorate the tree too. don't think our parents cared about it being messy really, the tree was a fake one made of tinsel and got more threadbare every year so the effect (to an adult) wouldn't have been that impressive no matter where the baubles were hung.
@Hatley (164647)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Dec 09
hi blue bunny too much is just simply too much when it threatens to blow all the fuses people have gone way too far and I would never use a Santa or reindeers, a nice criche would be good to put Christ back into christmas.,a few string of colored lights is one thing but a whole wardrobe of sleighs and santas and reindeer is much much too much. ugh. Thats gorgeous music even for one like me who loves mozarts music. lol
@jb78000 (15173)
2 Dec 09
ugh indeed. some of these displays are just grotesque.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
1 Dec 09
Some people here go absolutely nuts over decorating their homes each year. This is only a fairly new habit here in Australia, which first became really popular on a grand scale around 12 to 15 years ago. I like to take my kids around at night time to see the best lit up street in my city each year (it is published in newspapers and online as the city council run a competition), but I would never do it myself. I think that it is a very big waste of electricity and money. Some people spend thousands of dollars trying to outdo their neighbours! I wonder how much this habit is contributing to the damage to the planet through coal fired power station emissions?
@jb78000 (15173)
1 Dec 09
that is ridiculous. happens here too - a set of neighbours will be in cut-throat competition to see who can put up the biggest, flashiest, tackiest reindeer in the street. and it looks very silly indeed.
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