'Tis the season of neighbor rivalry!
The race to see who can make their house's lights the most memorable. To see who can have the most inflatable Santa's invading their lawn.
However, for some, it's not about the neighbors.
It's about just throwing up a single strand of lights just to please their families. Half-lighted trees fill Woodbury, because no one wants to string lights in freezing Minnesota weather.
My dad always waits late, and when our lights actually do get put up, they're not exactly blue-ribbon material. Which is why our neighbors always beat us in the "best lights contest."
But whose judging anyway? Ours aren't the neatest on the block, but neither are theirs. Though there are faults and fumbles about everyone's lights, it's about spreading holiday cheer.
Between neat and messy houses, most are in the middle.
And for the naked homes, they aren't just about the money. Some people with half-a-million dollar houses still have just one strand, half-heartedly being thrown up on a window. While others in less-expensive homes, really do "deck the halls" with their light display.
Whether you're the good decorator, or the bad decorator, there is one thing we can all agree on.
The holidayseason is really filled with "boughs of holly," but people, just remember to take down your lights before you're shooting off fireworks on the 4th.