[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xaay2WqCaFU

In my family I am considered an aberration in regards to holiday decorating.  My grandmother, mother and her two sisters all loved putting some type of knick-knack on every available space.  They had always been decorating fanatics, but after they discovered Department 56’s Villages lighted porcelain houses, there was no stopping them.  It wasn’t enough to buy the houses, they then had to have trees, and people, and props for the people.  And of course the houses couldn’t set on just plain surfaces – they had to create a snowy effect by using white felt cloth or Styrofoam. 

They weren’t together during the holidays often since two lived in Arkansas and two lived in Arizona, but honestly when they were it was never too early to bring out the decorations.  Once they actually decorated right after taking down the Halloween doodads. I kidded them all the time that they were like young girls playing dolls. Luckily my input wasn’t required and most of it was finished by the time I arrived from work.  I have great memories of me making fun of them and their toys, and them despairing over my missing holiday decorating gene.

In my defense I do some.  And normally by this time of year I have it out. However, this year the holiday has snuck up on me and the only thing that I have done is change the mode on my fairy type solar outdoor lamps, so now they twinkle colors instead of just shining white. Decorating the outside usually consists of tying big red bows on my fence posts and changing the tin door decoration from a large sun to a snowman. Decorating inside consists of putting up come cloth hangings, bringing out some candles and a few bric-a-brac .

I am going to do better, and better late than never right? Decking the halls is on my to-do list for tomorrow. Sometimes it is a little difficult to get all excited about all this additional work, but kids and their wonder about the holidays make it all worthwhile, like the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh8_D09Rajk&feature=endscreen&NR=1

And even though it has been decades since I was that young, I still remember feeling the magic about this time of year. Do you have decorations out and if so, how much?  If you haven’t done any yet, are you planning to do so?

-Leigh AAR