There are a few indicators for Bill and me that signal the Christmas season where we live. The biggest indicator for us is the annual shedding of bright yellow leaves from our tree. Our street is lined with maples and these ginko trees. We think they’re ginko based on the leaves, but they never have any ginko nuts. So, the verdict is still out. The maple trees shed their leaves a few weeks before the ginkos start.
This is what Bill is doing as I write this. Yes, he’s wearing shorts in December… it’s been in the 70s and beautiful all week. I wonder how covered our lawn will be when we get home.
Aside from the malls breaking out the decorations in October, we have a neighborhood where Christmas decorations seem to vomit all over front yards and rooftops. Front lawns are strewn with inflatable Santas, reindeer and other characters. One neighbor has an inflatable snowman driving a NASCAR, another neighbor has a seven-foot tall Jack Skelington dressed as Santa. There’s the inflatable carousel that actually turns and the inflatable chimney where a motorized Santa pops in and out. Once Tommy gets older, and Bill and I are actually putting up Christmas decorations, we’re hoping the fad of inflatable lawn decor is gone.
Bill and I don’t do much with decorating since we don’t really have room for a Christmas tree. This year we got a bonified Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.
It even came with Linus’ blanket. Here is sits with our plush Christmas cow from Chick-fil-A. We did get a stocking for Tommy that we’ll hang up when he gets older.
In a bit we’ll be flying up to the Bay Area to spend a week with family for Christmas. I’ll do my best to post some photos while we’re there.