A few weeks ago, I stated that I was not going to hang lights from my house, saying that I wasn’t going to support the giant Asian factories’ production of Christmas lights.
But that was before I got a glimpse of what my neighbours were doing. The neighbourhood where I live now is very competitive about their Christmas decorating. I think that the unofficial motto for the holidays is “why do when you can overdo!”. In fact, one street, about 10+ blocks from me, is world famous for all of their Christmas decorations. It’s called The Miracle on 34th Street, and everyone on the street covers virtually every inch and surface of their house with lights, decorations, inflatable characters, trains gardens and more. It’s quite the sight to see, and starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving when the lights are lit, it’s impossible to drive or park anywhere near this street after darkness falls.It’s actually a lot of fun to walk up and down this little block, spotting all of the decorations, like the hubcap tree and tire snowman.
So, the question is, should I keep up with the neighbours and festoon my house with thousands of lights, or stay true to myself and have a small tasteful tree in a lovely urn, lit by a decent number of white fairy lights?