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There’s nothing I like more than seeing houses all tinselled up for Christmas. In fact, I have many fond memories of visiting such houses during the holidays. As a child, I always vowed I would decorate my own house one day, even if I did it at least once.

Do you decorate the outside of your house for Christmas? Have you ever done so in the past? Why or why not?

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I don't for three reasons:

1. More lights means more electricity, more electricity is bad for the environment.
2. More lights means more electricity, more electricity is bad for the wallet.
3. Too much effort.
I like your reasoning there Bryony.
by Vee
I find the third is of particular note, because people around us who put up outdoor decs don't tend to have the same enthusiasm when it comes to taking them down. Hence we get lights and santas outside houses for months, if not all year round.
LOL! That's disgusting.
by Vee
No, I don't decorate the outside, but go all out on the inside! I do really love looking at the Christmas lights and each year my family will go for a walk or drive to see them in our neighbourhood. I choose not to decorate the outside of my house as it is time consuming and I can't bear the thought of my power bill rising from all those lights!
No we don't and we also don't do inside.
Nope. We don't really do the inside either. I'm not really a Christmassy person. Last year my in-laws were a little upset with me when I said I wasn't going to be "doing" Santa with my kids...Apparently it's very bad parenting to not do all the Christmassy things!
That's ridiculous for two reasons: one, their your kids and two, it could actually teach your kids about the real spirit of Christmas, or at least the way Christmas itself has been commercialised to the point where it is almost unrecognisable.
by Vee
No. We don't decorate the outside.i have spoken to people who do go all out. The costs of the decorations alone are in the tens of thousands. Then you must factor in the cost of the electricity. We just don't have this kind of money. I do enjoy looking at the homes of those who do display lights. We do decorate the inside of the house. I like it to look festive and welcoming to us and all who come to visit.
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