I'm fascinated with the way people choose to decorate for the holidays.
When we were in PA my son-in-law drove us by a house to see if the usual decorations were up yet. They were and it was really something. The entire roof was covered with lights, creating a sort of checkerboard design. The yard was ablaze with lighted vignettes: deer, a creche, skaters on a pond, polar bears - every imaginable sort of thing filling the yard of this otherwise non-descript little ranch house. Amazing!
We also saw the outdoor displays at Longwood Gardens, which were a bit more tastefully restrained. And as we returned to East Hampton we could see that the village trees were nearly all in place to be lighted later in the week. That's always one of my favorite things. Tuesday night we drove to Southampton Village for dinner and Main Street there is a winter wonderland. They've wrapped all the large trees with white lights and it is gorgeous!
The one thing I have not been able to get my head around are those inflated decorations of all sorts: santas, snowmen, menorahs - they come in all sorts of shapes and types and each is as tacky and odd as the next. In my opinion we can do better - in fact nothing at all would be better. Sorry if I'm insulting anyone here, but I just don't get them. Especially ones that have movement, waving and bouncing around. I just find them weird.
I love the simple decorations. I like small lights - no flashing ones please - and not too much all in one place! I think its always best to err on the side of "less is more". But I also would rather see a whole lawn full of lights than nothing at all! 'Tis the season - let's celebrate!