Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Deck the Halls

Most of our neighbors hire someone to take care of their lawn in the summer. Our yard may not look as well groomed as some, but we kinda don't like to pay for stuff we can do ourselves. Likewise, during the holidays, we don't hire the people who tend our lawn to put up our Christmas lights. My daughter and her friends put them up a week or so ago. There are lots of brightly colored utility cords scattered around the yard, the walkway, and duct tape was involved. Definitely not as professional looking as the Joneses. I really don't care about that, as long as I'm not the one putting up the lights. I like shiny things, and having lights up saves us from being the only Scrooges on the street.

A couple of miles from our house, there is an amazing display of holiday spirit. (Click photo to enlarge.)

So imagine how you would feel if you took the time to tranform your yard into a North Pole-like setting, and THIS showed up (literally) across the street.

This display has everything. Santa, Jesus, Disney characters, the Statue of Liberty, and, when it's lit up at night, loud Christmas carols.

Decorations are spilling into the side yard at this point. From there, they work their way into the yard of the neighbor to the north.

I honestly don't know what to think of all of this. On the one hand, it would be nice to show some restraint, perhaps a touch of class. Then again, you sorta have to admire the degree of perseverance this must require. You also have to wonder where they keep this stuff 11 months of the year. But the bottom line is, you can't look away. Just felt like sharing.


Blogger Harmonica Man said...

Right. The ol' Christmas Statue of Liberty.

"All is bright" might be true, but somehow "All is calm" doesn't quite seem to fit.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

jeff - You are right on both counts. It's so bright it looks like the Strip in Vegas. And when they turn on the music, well, let's just say I don't imagine the neighbors are too pleased!

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That's all I can say. Wow.

(Courtesy of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes.)

8:31 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

LOVE Kevin Henkes! My daughter is 18 and still has her Henkes.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, am never certain of what to think of the holiday overkill. I guess if that's what they like, then go for it. It seems like overkill but guess who gets in the car and drives around to see it all? complete with cappucino or hot cocoa from the local convenience mart and our own Christmas carols playing on the radio or now the new fangled ipod!

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Lois said...

Unbelieveable!!! Can you imagine what all that must cost? And it's used for only 2 to 3 weeks in a whole year!! Not my style!!!!

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Di said...

Linda, we drove by the 2 "HAPPY HOLIDAY" houses in North Enid the other night. Every year they just continue to amaze me. WHY? What is the point? Anyway, we went to Ponca City Saturday night, and there is a house on a little cul-de-sac just west of the Pioneer Woman, that has a yard full (and I do mean FULL!!) of plastic blow up merry-go-rounds, Santas, Pooh's in Santa hats, the Grinch, Scooby-doo, etc. There are at least 50, and not one inch between them. There are so many that you cannot imagine. What any of that has to do with Christmas is beyond me. Di

8:59 PM  

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