Today we awoke to discover a winter wonderland outside and the cars blanketed in snow. It's past time to assemble the lighted deer for the front yard. At least the candles are in every window and the main Christmas tree is up and decorated in the living room, thanks to the kids and grand-kids who did it on the day after Thanksgiving. I still want to put up my "shoe tree" in the library; the cookies, candy and kitchen-stuff tree on the porch, and the antique ornaments tree in the dining room. Last year I also had a tree with Mexican tin ornaments and lacquered ornaments from India, but I'll skip it this year because it would never survive the attacks from two toddlers coming for Christmas. But I'm contemplating a "forest creatures" display on the mantle over the fireplace. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, I'm re-posting the article below from five years ago. And when the snow stops I'll drive over to see whether the peeing Santa is atop this house yet again. I'm constantly amazed at what people do to decorate during the holiday season.
Meanwhile, daughter Eleni, who's spending Christmas with her husband Emilio in his native Nicaragua, says that touring the Christmas displays in Managua means going from one creche scene to another. She's got photos of the Nacimientos on her latest blog post "Away, In A Manger." Every home has a Nativity scene, I gather, and in public spaces the figures are life-sized. But the Christ Child, which is the centerpiece of the scene, cannot be placed in the manger until Christmas day, when he is born. Before he's placed in the manger, the children touch the Christ Child for a blessing.
Here in Worcester, MA and its suburbs, there are a lot of giant inflatable Santas and Snowmen in front yards, but there is nary a Christ Child or manger scene around. I think I read that it is now illegal to have a representation of the Nativity in a public place.
But I'll bet there are no laws on the books in Massachusetts against having a peeing Santa on your roof.