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Old 11-23-2018, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Living in a mobile home (920SF) I just don't have the space for a tree, but I just went wild this late afternoon putting up 10 long strings of lights outside, and tomorrow I'll put up 2 strings of lights on the other side of my home.
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Old 11-23-2018, 03:24 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Got rid of everything last month. This will be the first year without a tree.
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Old 11-23-2018, 04:34 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Short answer: Much less as I age.


Long answer: Christmas has joined every other event which is relentlessly promoted, advertised, hailed, marketed and forcefully shoved into my face in a full-on barrage by advertisers. It has joined Valentine's, the Super Bowl, the World Series and NASCAR in reaching the point I've withdrawn from it for my own peace of mind.

What were once tasteful family assembled displays have in my neighborhood, gone to professionally planned and installed extravaganzas featuring everything from giant inflatable figures* to actual running electric trains and even neon displays. It's as though they're all trying show they care enough to spend the very most.

And I'm sick of it. So, just a tree in the back den for us, not even visible from the street. Nothing else. My house looks just like it does the rest of the year.


*Neighbor has 6 of them in his yard at last count. Some two stories high. All the inflation fans make a roar I can hear at night.
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Old 11-23-2018, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I'm not religious, but I like the light it gives off. Mine will probably go up next week. If I had my way, it would be a "winter tree" that keeps the lights on until the time changes back again.
Why don't you have your way? It's your house. If you want a tree up for 6 months, do it. If it makes you happy, who cares what others think.
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Old 11-23-2018, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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We usually decorate and have a tree. This year we're going to be away for a few nights on the actual holiday, so we won't put up the tree, but will still do some of the other table arrangements and the wreath on the door. I won't do outdoor lights this year either I think. When we do the outdoor lights, it's usually just a string around the door way and mesh blankets of lights on the four or five ball shaped shrubs near the doorway. Our neighborhood doesn't really do much decorations.

I used to love to put up the lights all along the eaves of the house. In my old neighborhood they had one night about a week before Christmas, when everyone would do luminarias along the sidewalk and up the driveways. The whole town got together and did a kooky lighted vehicle parade with Santa on a horse-drawn wagon full of carolers as the finale of the parade. They would decorate just about any vehicle with lights, everything from VW bugs to fire trucks and even a houseboat on a trailer, all covered with Christmas lights. The parade would wind through every major street in the neighborhood so everyone would put out lawn chairs and serve hot cocoa while we waited for the parade to come to our street. And we'd tour the neighborhood to look at everyone's lights. One year we got some battery operated Christmas lights and decorated our motorcycles and ourselves and drove in the parade for the fun of it. I miss that.

We moved away from there to an area where the properties were large and the homes weren't even visible from the street, so no more lights except around the doorway after that.
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Old 11-23-2018, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Last year we skipped the tree and most of the decorations. It made me a bit sad, so this year Iíll start today, and go little by little. There is still a discussion about whether to get a real tree or use a small fake one.
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Old 11-23-2018, 06:47 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Back in the day I always had a real tree and I would place pretty candles, evergreen boughs, garlands--you name it--all over the house. I would even cut some greenery and make a wreath.

Now it's just a small fake tabletop tree with lights, an little old wooden sleigh with a colorful Santa, and probably a pretty glass bowl filled with shining Christmas tree ornaments.

One thing, it's a whole lot easier to clean up after Christmas is over!
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Old 11-23-2018, 07:08 AM
 
Location: plano
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We have not put up anything christmas related since moving to North Texas from Houston 8 years ago.

We are religious but think practicality has to dominate as we age. Christmas is not about a tree or shopping so those are not things we need or worth using our dwindling energy reserves.

We continue to make more adjustments to simplify life but did not downsize, we are in a larger home than during our working years. We are home bodies and enjoy this newer place but have adjusted in going out, travel, doing work around the house etc.

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Old 11-23-2018, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Back in the day I always had a real tree and I would place pretty candles, evergreen boughs, garlands--you name it--all over the house. I would even cut some greenery and make a wreath.

Now it's just a small fake tabletop tree with lights, an little old wooden sleigh with a colorful Santa, and probably a pretty glass bowl filled with shining Christmas tree ornaments.

One thing, it's a whole lot easier to clean up after Christmas is over!
When I had evergreens and holly in my yard, I used it all over the house. Here in the south, there is holly but not many fir trees. If I get a live wreath here itís crispy a week later.
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Old 11-23-2018, 07:33 AM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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yes - my other half/roommate loved to decorate, but he was a pain about it. Always asking questions, telling me to get him this or that.

I figure, if you are going to take on a task - be prepared to do it all. Have all your parts ready to go, have a plan.

I don't understand - he was military and civil service - sheesh - I guess he didn't learn anything after 40 some years of military type service.

I refused to be his gopher.
Wow! This resonated with me, as I have always resented the fact that my projects I did myself; his projects became "our" projects, with me getting stuff, holding things, etc. It's still that way after decades, so I guess I should have put up or shut up long before now. (Guess I shut up).
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