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Old 11-23-2018, 07:38 AM
Location: USA
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As I get older, I keep it simple. Tree, nativity, Christmas banner, wreath on the front door. Gone are the days of scaling the roof & stapling the lights on, decorating the bushes, putting the snowmen around the elm tree, and hauling out the reindeer from the rafters of the garage, and then figuring out what to hook up with what to which outlet to get the whole thing to light up. I loved doing it at the time; the kids liked the end result, and back in the day, ladders and rooftops were not a problem. Nowadays, a mishap on either will result in a hospitalization or worse.

I have acquaintances in FL who keep their tree up year round in their house and decorate it monthly to coincide with holidays. In August, with no holiday, it has a flamingo motif. I love it!

Driving/walking about and admiring people's creativity and Christmas displays remains an enjoyment of mine and reinforces what a magical time of year it is.
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Old 11-23-2018, 07:49 AM
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Less the past 10 or so years. I do have a small 3 footer with lights already on it. I add a few more ornaments and lights to round it out. It goes well on a lamp table in the corner of the living room

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Old 11-23-2018, 07:54 AM
Location: Asheville NC
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How much we decorate depends on where, and how long, we spend Christmas. This year we will be out of town during the holiday week, but we will have guests here for New Years. So we won’t do quite as much decorating. We purchased some beautiful poinsettias from a neighbors son (band fundraiser). We will put out our Black Forest carved angels and hang some special ornaments from on our childhood trees. We have a metal sculptural tree (that is not shaped like a Christmas tree) which is up all year. I enjoy Christmas scented candles-so we will probably light some a few times.

Christmas decorations are one thing that we did downsize when we retired. I prefer to decorate with natural elements, and generally they need to be gathered or purchased each year. The plus side is that they are biodegradable and there is no need for storage.
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Old 11-23-2018, 07:56 AM
Location: 49th parallel
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Yah - we have degenerated from a huge tree with the house full of Xmas stuff, down to a little 1 foot tree that I bought in the dollar store and decorated with mini lights and mini decorations, plus a little garland around here and there.

I was very sentimental about all the decorations, the tiny villages, and so forth, but when I offered them to our daughter she wasn't interested. So they went into the junk pile (tree) and charity shop (decorations, etc.). I still miss them but it's not so much fun when you're the only one interested in the whole idea.
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Old 11-23-2018, 08:02 AM
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Originally Posted by Clemencia53 View Post
I used to have a closet full of just Christmas decorations

One year I just put them all out on the curb. They were picked up in five minutes!

We still have lots of stuff up in the attic

I could probably do that here too. It's amazing how much stuff we collect over the years.
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Old 11-23-2018, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Over the hill gang View Post
We downsized and donated our a 6 ft. artificial tree and the boxes of ornaments/decorations. Now we just have a 15 inch Pre-Lit Hand-Painted Ceramic Tabletop tree and I did keep my wreath to put on our front door and that's all we do now. I generally put out out little tree and wreath on Thanksgiving day.

Do you do decorate a lot or do you do less now?
I'm 62 and several years from retirement. I would not even consider not putting up a tree.
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Old 11-23-2018, 08:11 AM
Location: SoCal
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Yes every year, we buy fresh tree and still decorate. I think as we age, we will get smaller tree. My husband can still lift and strap a 6 ft tree on our roof, when he canít then it will be much smaller tree.
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Old 11-23-2018, 08:15 AM
Location: Mayberry
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I always think, nope not gonna do it, then as Xmas gets closer I usually end up with some small decorations, only because my brother and SIL come over on Xmas day. Granddaughter isn't close (CA) and since my Mom died, I just haven't done much and no little kids. My Dad 89 comes over, he doesn't care one way or another.

I have a small fiber optic tree and some decorations, I'll probably do it.
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Old 11-23-2018, 08:19 AM
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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).
And then the "have you seen my xyz" questions. Where would I even know where your xyz is? I never touched his stuff. I had my own tools until it came to the point that he would lose his xyz's and start using mine, so then I just gave up on having my own stuff and no longer do household repair type things.

Just to be funny when he would ask me if I had seen his xyz, I would say no, but have you seen my tampons?
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Old 11-23-2018, 08:21 AM
Location: Chesapeake Bay
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We have a decorated Christmas stick (with its own stand) that we have put up for the past few years. It has become a tradition of its own and we look forward to getting it ready each year.
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