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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
You are so right about the third.
by Rice
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
I grew up without "Christmassy things" and was only involved in it at school making decorations for the classroom. I am sure I wasn't scarred for life. Also, there are several religions who certainly don't do "Christmassy things". AND . . it is not fair for people to cricitise you personally for not doing these things if you choose not to. . . it's very rude as well.
by Rice
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.
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.
I never have. I love looking at other people's wonderful efforts but I would not like to draw attention to my own abode .. . .. you know, because even some Christian religions don't do the Christmas thing. . . . especially the ones who work off the Jewish calendar which says He was born around October.
by Rice
I didn't even know there are Christians who go off the Jewish calendar. Goes to show I live under a rock! Oops.
by Vee
Based on the scriptural evidence, a case can apparently be made that Jesus Christ was born on the 15th day of the month of Tishri, on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, which corresponds to the September - October timeframe of our present calendar!
by Rice
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