I'm just curious, because this is the first year in my memory that we have not put up our decorations the day after Thanksgiving. We chose to wait an extra week because our January electric bills tend to be ENORMOUS (over $500 one year!!:uhoh21: ) and we estimated that we could save probably at least $75-100 if we didn't put up the lights until the first week in December.
It's harder to do than I thought, though......we live in an area where people often decorate even BEFORE Thanksgiving, and by the end of the long holiday weekend most of the people who are going to do so, have already done it. The neighbors on either side of us put theirs up yesterday; several folks down the road had theirs out on Thanksgiving night. My grandson goes nuts over the Christmas light screensaver on my computer, and I can hardly stand it---I want to see his expression when we get the real ones up!! I mean, we have thousands and thousands of them........there's 1000 of the mini's on our indoor tree, which is 7 1/2 feet tall, and we add five strings of the C-7's. And that's just the tree........we also have lights around the windows, another tree that we string with lights outside, snowflake lights that you stick in the ground, and the big C-9's that go around the house and garage.
No, it's not quite the Griswold house in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
, but pretty close:chuckle And I must confess: I did put up a couple strings of lights around the big picture window yesterday. And a big lighted Star of Bethlehem in the dining-room window. And a fresh wreath on the front door that I decorated with shiny ornaments and a huge plaid bow.
So, when do you all decorate for the holidays, and what do you use? Inquiring minds want to know........