South of me in Gatlinburg are a million little shops upon shops. They
decorate for christmas and make a big deal about it so they get visitors
($$$$) all year long. The really sad part is that even the churches are
caught up in the gaudy christmas lights! I think things were better
when they put up a nativity scene. Now among the other lights and
displays the churches have, there are also giant blinking cross', each
church trying to outdo the other each year.
I just gave my new next door neighbors about six brand new strings of
miniature lights. They are really going all out. Seem like super nice
folks, been here about 3-4 months. I got the lights at WalMart after
Christmans last year at about 90% discount. I don't usually do any
decorating anyway, and really don't feel like it this year. Larry
I *have* to put up Christmas Lights.
I spend almost an entire weekend setting up the gravestones, ghosts
and scarecrow picnic for Halloween. Halloween night, half a bloody
scarecrow goes under the lawnmower and the beheaded one sits in a
chair with an old chain saw. The speakers go in the upstairs window
and the spooky sounds start right after sunset.
If I do that much work for Halloween and then don't bust my butt for
Christmas, I believe that there will be lightning, floods, famine and
pestilence befalling my household.
You really don't want to piss God off!
You mean that your usent posts won't appear on one computer,
in one house, in one town, in one city, in one state, in one
nation. Somehow, your life is essentially unchanged. I've
had that same experience, when someone hurls the dreaded
"plonk" at me. So? Who cares? Maybe you and I are both
callous and unfeeling?
Earlier generations sacrificed virgins, sheep, firstlings,
and so on. We sacrifice Christmas tree bulbs. About the time
Jews put a Menorah in the window, and I'll admit. I'm not
sure what Islam does in the winter. Daily fasting for
Ramadan? I should know that kind of thing.
Will I get plonked? The h, I will!
I have one string of white under the front porch all year. It makes
very nice mood lighting, especially in the summer when we might be out
on the porch after dark. I have no real christmas lights, can't hardly
see the house from the road. Besides, my christmas spirit is filled
looking at other peoples lights so I don't need my own.
No outdoor lights. Ever. When we see a house all lit up, we start
humming the "Rocky & Bullwinkle" theme and thinking about
used car lots.
The Christmas tree in the bay window on the front of the house is
enough. And stockings hung by the chimney with nails. (Hung
from the mantel, actually.)
re: "And stockings hung by the chimney with nails. "
Aren't they supposed to be hung with care?
I'm pretty sure I saw some care on sale in the latest Harbor Freight
Translated into Mandarin Chinese, "care" comes out 16d duplex coated ring
shank sinker nails.
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