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Outdoor Christmas Displays Captured in Photos

By November 30, 2013

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Pictures of outdoor Christmas decorations are fun to look at, even though the real thing is obviously better. I take my mother out every year at holiday time for "the tour." This ritual consists of driving around my home town (and outlying areas) in search of the best outdoor Christmas displays in people's yards. It's one of the better parts of the holiday season for me.

For those of an egalitarian bent, one of the nice things about this past-time will be the recognition of the fact that "the rich" (whatever that means nowadays) don't necessarily decorate any better than do the middle class or even the poor. That is, what we find in our drives is that neighborhoods with modest homes decorate just as colorfully as do more affluent neighborhoods -- in fact, maybe more colorfully.

How do I account for that? Well, I think many of the well-to-do (excluding the nouveau riche, of course) have been bred to regard the most colorful of outdoor Christmas displays to be decidedly too gauche for their exclusive tastes. In addition, I'm sure homeowners associations, zoning laws and the like have something to say on this subject.

As enjoyable as it is just to look at such decorations, that's not why I am offering you this photo gallery. No, its purpose is to give you ideas for decorating your own yard. Have a look at these Christmas light displays to see if there's anything you feel you could improve upon. No pressure, though: even just mimicking one of these ideas is acceptable. Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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