I’m no Scrooge, but I’ve never been all that big on Christmas except when we had kids in the house. When we became empty nesters about 20 years ago, my wife tried keeping up the tradition of a small tree and some decoration–and when I served as consul general in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and ambassador in Cambodia and Zimbabwe, we, of course, had decorated trees in the official residence because it’s expected. Back in the US, though, with just the two of us rattling around the house, she finally gave it up. We now go to our daughter’s house and help the grand kids decorate, but our place remains bare.That doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t like seeing the colorful decorations, I just don’t have the energy to put them up and take them down. What I like to do is take pictures of what other people do, and thankfully, there are enough people in our neighborhood who do like decorating–you name the holiday–I’m never without subjects. Some keep it simple Basic design, but edging toward a more complex layout. Wouldn’t be the holidays without a gnome, or elf, or whatever this is. The disco effect. And, finally, there’s always someone who goes whole hog!
Source: Deck the halls!