Superstars of Christmas™
Adapting to my new suburban lifestyle, we did a drive around town last night to check out the holiday lights. While we are by far still the most fabulously christmassy in the condo complex, we needed to see how we stood in the bigger scheme of things.
The original destination was a nearby baptist church that’s reportedly gone to great lengths in the past to display their faith in all things electric, but either they’ve changed their faith or their power bill wiped them out. I hope a stray cord didn’t end up in the baptismal waters or something. Regardless, not to be denied an over-the-top holiday experience, we hit the residential neighborhoods on a quest.
While there are still lots of dark houses around here, every now and then there was a patch of seasonal electric brightness. A glow from around a corner or over a hill telling us that, yes, neighbors were competing. Where the wise men had that pesky star, we had decorated palm trees, and where the shepherd had the angels pointing, we had electric snowmen beckoning.
In the bigger scheme, it became clear that without a yard we aren’t very competitive. Maybe we could place or show in some ‘balcony-only’ AAA category, but we just don’t have the space for the Superstars of Christmas™.
Many houses had an electric snowman or Santa. Fewer, but still a respectable number, went with the trifecta of Mary, Joseph and Jesus for that Three-Superstar classic. The inflatable snowglobes with Santa and the snowman give you two Superstars for one simple Home Depot purchase, and a few of our neighbors took this economical approach that has the added advantage of a white christmas that doesn’t mess up the lawn.
Then, on a little back road over the hill and through the tracts, we found two neighbors deep in battle. Both were fighting with every watt of power at their disposal to show who was the most Christmassy. The leader, still stringing lights as we drove by clapping, was up to five Superstars. Three snowmen, plus an animated Tigger and Pooh arrangement. Once your eyes adjusted to the light levels, it was a very cool display.
Since a few houses were still completing their decor, we’ll have to do it again, and with a camera next time. But that still leaves the question: how many of the Superstars of Christmas™ can I fit on the balcony next year?