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We've come to December again, that season of lights and holidays and goodies we know we shouldn't eat but do anyway. As I've done in years past, I'll be exploring a variety of seasonal topics over the next three weeks, leading up to December 25th, the Seasonal Holiday celebrated at Casa Brillig.  I'd love to say I have the series mapped out, but... isn't part of the Season of Wonder, well... wondering what comes next? :) Follow me below the dingledoodle squigglie dKosagnocchi dividerthingie fold after a word from our sponsor...

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This past weekend, Casa Brillig took stock of their holiday lighting situation. We've been converting from old-style lights to LEDs over the past several years, and this year we agreed it was time to ditch every last non-LED holiday bulb. Of course, this meant a Saturday trip to Target, where we chose wisely and got out before it got dark (more on why this is  important in a little bit). The following day we decorated the outside of the house. Of course, by we I mean in the sense of "I participated in spirit from the couch where my hurty ankle was elevated and encased in ice packs, while Mr. Brillig and the K's strung lights."

This is the earliest we've EVER had our house decorated. Usually we talk about it at Thanksgiving, really mean to do it the following weekend, and get the lights up somewhere after December 15th and before Christmas Eve. This year, between my broken ankle, Mr. Brillig having some impending knee issues, and K1 having an intense 3 day swim meet this weekend (Teams from all over the region send their best swimmers, with prelims Friday - Sunday AM and finals/supporting teammates in finals each evening) we knew we had to act early. Our candles are in every window, although a glitch on the electronic circuitry keeps foiling the plan to have them lit sunset-midnite. The icicles and little decorated tree-things are on a different circuit and are turning on and off beautifully.

The house looks great, if I do say so myself... cheery, tastefully lit, energy-conscious... what more could we want? Well, we could have the inside decorated and our tree up, but that's impossible even for us. Our trees barely survive two weeks inside without leaving every needle on the floor, so we hold off until mid-December to get that up and decorated.

Remember I mentioned being done at Target before dark? Here's why it's important - the direct route between this Target and our house goes past several of the most highly decorated houses in the area. The houses that make the local and national news every year. The ones that would make Baby Jesus and jim in IA cry. There's an entire circuit that holiday lighting gawkers drive, clogging the road and making what is usually a 5' drive run anywhere between 6-30' depending on the level of stupid. From Thanksgiving until New Year's Day, we avoid travelling that route after dark unless we're not in a rush. I can't find pictures of these houses as they're done up this year, but here's a sampling of previous years' layouts:

The house known to Casa Brillig as "The House With Too Many Lights":

Christmas lights in Saugus

The original house everyone used to drive to see, still pretty impressive:

Christmas lights on a house in Saugus Massachusetts

My question to everyone tonight: Do you decorate for the holidays? If so, when and how much? Candles in the windows, or enough lighting to see from space? Would you do it differently if your living circumstances permitted?



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13) True, but nevertheless, by StellaRay — 96
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15) I think it may be even simpler. by TomP — 95
16) The problem is gun-worshippers who refuse by freelunch — 92
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22) Time to bring it back by MinistryOfTruth — 73
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24) A large, well-known company removed my pension by wader — 72
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30) Yes, the need for "content" and their egos by TomP — 66
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