We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
That's my style of Christmas lighting - simple and elegant. Compared to my neighbors who's version of Christmas lighting consumes mega-watts of power for two weeks and the glow from their house can be seen for miles.
And thanks, BD, for the idea of prolonging the season beyond Epiphany, tomorrow, by inspiring us to move our tree out into the back yard, sans ornaments, but with only white lights. The deer and other critters in the back-40 love it!
Interesting view, that I somewhat agree with. It's the old style smaller C7 colored bulbs for our tree in the house and we have a very large holly on the corner of the lot that I've splayed about a dozen strands of C7 colored lights on that stay on the tree year round. I just plug them in on Thanksgiving weekend until after New Year's. I do white lights on the house as our house is white and the white mini lights are an elegant contrast to the colored bulbs. Too much color can look cheesy, too much white boring.
I also like natural trees with lots of mismatched homemade and old sentimental ornaments versus fake trees with perfectly matching ornaments and white lights...too planned, too sterile, no joy.
Christmas is really about the kids after all and the tree should reflect that.