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December 7th, 2005

Your Holiday Decorating Profile

If you’re the type to decorate for the holidays, let’s hear about your Holiday Decoration Profile:

When decorating outside, do you use:

  • Strictly white lights, multi-colored lights, or a mixture of both?
  • Twinkling (or otherwise blinking) or steady-on?
  • Small, tasteful decorations on the doors and windows or a gigantic blow up Santa?

When decorating inside, do you use:

  • Classic, elegant decorations or trinkets you’ve bought through the years?
  • Collections of Santas or snowmen?
  • (most importantly): plastic or real?

My profile is: outside – white lights, some twinkling only because we haven’t figured out how to make them steady-on, and a single decoration on the door. Inside – trinkets, mainly, a combination of Santas and snowmen (though slightly more snowmen), and definitely real. Though we didn’t actually cut our own this year–our regular farm is closed for this year–we still went the live route.

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FROM: COD [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday December 7, 2005 -- 2:22:36 pm
Outside - colored lights steady on, light up candy canes, cut wreath purchased from the Boy Scouts on the door.

Inside - real tree always, self-cut. Actually, the tree farm owner cuts it - but I stood by and watched him do it and then helped him drag it back to the car.
Tree is covered in trinkets - a lot of Disney and a lot that are just plain silly.

Tree decorations would make a nifty flickr group....

One thing Ryan might want to add to his outdoor profile...he leaves his lights on the house until at least March ;)

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday December 7, 2005 -- 3:04:21 pm
Just that one year!

FROM: Steve A.
DATE: Thursday December 8, 2005 -- 11:25:08 am

We've got a corner lot for our house. Facing the house, we line the front left parameter with the small white lights which are attached to our low (plastic) link fence line. The nice little drop between posts looks quite nice late at night.

I then use 'mesh lights' between two strands of icicle lights, again all white, over our carport. The posts on the carport have red bows. From the edge of the carport over the boxwoods and onto the remaining fence are more small white lights. The entrance door off the carport has a homemade wreath over the window and a small wooden Santa cutout on the door knocker.

For the interior I hang many strands of green garland looping/drooping from our 9˝ foot ceilings throughout the greatroom. All the plants have lights, the coal fireplace has the stockings. The upstairs bedrooms facing the street all have icicle lights hung in their windows in such a manner that when viewed from a distance, look like Christmas trees. We have several artificial trees throughout the house. It's not as though we don't have room for real ones, but during the winter this house seldom gets above 60-65F. Needles shed and cats track them in their fur. LOL

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