Let’s be honest here, okay? There are some pretty tacky ways families can “deck the halls” now, and a brief foray into a few new stores showed me just how much I’ve been missing.
Take Christmas trees, for example. Way back when, people decorated with strings of popcorn or construction paper link chains made by their kids. My aunt had bubbling ornaments. My grandma had an aluminum tree with a rotating primary color wheel. Most folks used orb-shaped ornaments, lights, and a star or angel to trim their trees, along with a skirt (to hide the stand). But today’s options are many. If you’re a University of Illinois fan, for instance, you can decorate your entire tree in Illini motif:
Does anybody but the most loyal alum really want to combine their holidays with their college loyalties?? Maybe there’s always room for another tree in one’s house?
Lots of folks today are conscious of the environment and likely gravitate to baby owls. Something like these little cuties:
For some reason, they remind me of white cotton balls.
Then there are those who like blow-up characters, whether created by Disney or Lucas. How about a nice Yoda for your front porch steps:
Gotta love the Santa hat, designed so even a Jedi master can keep with the festivities!
Or perhaps you’d like to warn the carolers away. In that case, someone from the Dark Side will suffice:
Can’t you just hear him breathing and stating, “You underestimate the power of the Dark Side”?
Home improvement stores provide a wealth of opportunity for finding just the right “ornament” for your yard this season. Maybe you’re looking for a jolly bunch of snowmen or Santas like these guys:
Or perhaps nothing will do but an immense angry-faced Snoopy riding a motorcycle:
A part of me finds it sad that commercialism is so rampant. I must’ve been in the wrong stores, for there wasn’t a Nativity scene in sight.
No Manger. No Baby Jesus.
Gee, it’s His Birthday we’re celebrating, isn’t it??