Saturday, December 03, 2005


This picture is like several houses I have already seen in the surrounding neighborhoods. It's only 3rd of December, what's your hurry, folks? I feel compelled to go up to the attic and back down twenty times lugging Christmas paraphenalia.

Why do some people insist on being the first to decorate their houses for Christmas? Do they enjoy putting undue pressure on their neighbors? Do they enjoy torturing me, specifically? It seems to me that I remember when nobody put up lights on their houses and in their yards until one week before Christmas.

I have received one not so subtle hint that we should put up the tree. Then the subtlety turns to: "You're going to put up the tree this weekend, aren't you?" That question, actually a disguised order, is soon followed by: "Aren't you going to decorate outside this year?"

"What's wrong with the flamingos and gnomes?" My answer is met with The Stare. You know the stare don't you? It's the one with those little daggers flying at you. Sometimes the stare is accompanied with a terse "Ha-Ha!" I glare out the window across the street at the house lit up like Times Square and Rockerfeller Plaza. What ever happened to a simple string of lights and some green garland wrapped around the wrought iron handrail on your front stairs?

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I will admit that once the tree is up, I start to get into the Christmas spirit. There's something to to be said about sitting in a darkened room looking at a decorated an lit Christmas tree. (You will kindly note that I refuse to call them holiday trees.)

I must admit that I am in the group of people who no longer use REAL Christmas trees. For the last three years we have been displaying a fiber-optic tree. Honest, once you have used one, you'll find it hard to ever want to use a real one again, tradition or not. From the time I bring it downstairs, unpack it, put it on the stand and plug it in - a whole ten minutes has passed. You don't even have to decorate it - no tinsel, no garland, no ornaments, and the best of all, no strings of lights! Plug it in and flip the switch - voila! I am mesmerized by the slow blinking and color changes that is emitted from each and every branch. Our tree has 750 branches, each its own light show.



Miss Cellania said...

I bet a fiber-optic tree is lovely! But my system is pretty easy, too. I get the ten-year old lightweight six foot cheap artificial tree box from the attic, set it down, and say "here ya go, kids". Next thing I know, its up and decorated.

I knew there were good reasons to have children around.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

This is a good plan. Save the trees for making toilet paper. A guy can't have too much toilet paper.

Long Iron said...

I always enjoy the effort people put into decorating their houses. When I am out in the evening driving thru the community looking at all of the brightly decorated houses, that is when the Christmas Spirit hits me. Every little bit helps. Merry Christmas.

aka_monty said...

I'm having a bit of trouble with the Christmas spirit thing this year. :(
Maybe I should go ahead & unpack the tree from the box that is still sitting in the dining room from last year. ;)

aka_monty said...

Oh, and I voted for you, by the way.

Tenderheart said...

I bought a fibre optic tree 3 years ago and I don't know what I would do without it. It's sooo much easier, no muss, no fuss.
I agree with you about the outside decorations. I'm no scrooge, but I would prefer just a simple string of lights around my living room window, and a wreath on my door. I'm sure the neighbors have fun talking about me all through the season... Who cares..bah, humbug!!..