Sunday, November 27, 2011

Winter Holidays

We have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather we are having to decorate our home for Yule. It is great to finally have a house where we can decorate and not have to worry about the neighbors being upset with our decorations. I remember one year we put lights on the bush in front of our apartment. We had deer in front of the bush. It looked very nice. Our upstairs neighbor knocked on the door a short time later. She wanted us to come out and look at the toy soldiers she had added to our display. She just couldn't understand why we did not like her little soldiers in front of our place. I tried to explain that we are pacifists and don't approve of soldiers, toy or otherwise. She just didn't get it. Turns out she didn't know what a pacifist was. I don't know what happened but sometime during the night those toy soldiers moved over to the other side of the sidewalk away from our apartment.

Now we don't have to worry about such things. Our yard is truly our yard and no one is going to add to our display. I like the simple look of white lights. Bob likes all the brightly colored lights. But this year he humored me and put out white lights. Our tree from the last few years died so we had to buy a new one. We found a package that had two trees instead of one. I love it. Two little deer, two little trees and one Happy Holidays sign. In a couple of weeks we will add a tree inside in front of that big window. But for now this is it. The packages are all wrapped and ready to tuck under the tree.

Happy Winter Holiday of Your Choice Everyone.


  1. Happy Yule. Your display is lovely.

  2. I never would have guessed that toy soldiers would be offensive, but I'm glad I read your post and I can be more aware of details like that now. I hope you and your neighbor were still friendly after that! The picture of your new house is wonderful, and I can just imagine that beautiful Christmas tree in the window! There's something magical for kids about holiday lights! :)

  3. Such a beautiful home and lovely decorations...and I was excited to find a new blog...but I must say farewell before I get in too deep. As the very proud mother of a US soldier, adopted aunt to many more, and the daughter, DIL, and granddaughter of many service members, my conscience will not allow me to stay and support you. I find the wording 'approval' frankly offensive, but respect your right to feel that way. Allow me to not approve of your inability to recognize that it is the soldiers of past generations who allow you to feel that way. Good luck with your blog.