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Andrew / December 4, 2009 10:28 AM

We don't host Christmas at our home (our parents grandparents still take charge on that front), so our decorations are minimal -- usually just some lights in the front windows. We tried a (fake) tree one year, and we returned home to find our cats had knocked every last ornament off it, breaking all the glass ones. Haven't put one up since.

tk / December 4, 2009 10:42 AM

Yes! Candles in the windows, garlands, a tree, the whole bit. Even pull out the snowman plates... And I try to bake regularly, so there are yummy smells, too. Totally hokey? Maybe, but I really like the nesting thing in the winter. Oh - and can't forget the evergreen reindeer for the lawn!

Brubeck / December 4, 2009 11:25 AM

Wife does the whole bit...lights, garland, special silverware. It's kind of nice. Tons of baking too...Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, banana bread, carrot cake, sweetened coffee.

I eat the sweets and load up the mp3 player with Christmas Cocktails and The Boys.

eee / December 4, 2009 12:57 PM

Oh yes. I was raised in a house that rivaled Marshall Field's in its heyday when it came to decorations, so it's ingrained in me to go all out for the holidays. I do much less decorating than my mother, but there are still lights hung inside and out, knicknacks all over, light-up miniature houses, a creche, and not one but two full-size Christmas trees.

fluffy / December 4, 2009 5:46 PM

just some lights around the front window. I drink glogg and sing to myself.

baldeesh / December 4, 2009 10:00 PM

Usually, yes. Mainly because I appreciate the extra light the Christmas lights give off.

This year I've been a bit lazy about it, because I've moved and the configuration of this apartment is a bit different.

Cheryl / December 6, 2009 11:40 AM

No. It makes my mother nuts even though she lives hundreds of miles away and has never seen the fact that I don't decorate. So she sends me decorations, which I donate to various places like nursing homes or whatnot.

CVAL / December 6, 2009 2:32 PM

What no Festivus celebrations? Start with the airing of grievances, then go onto the feats of strength...and you gotta have a Festivus pole .

Greg / December 7, 2009 7:20 AM

Not at all. The travel burden is always on us, so we don't bother. It works out nicely (the not-decorating part anyway).

A. Lewellen / December 7, 2009 11:27 AM

I really don't much care for holiday season but I do decorate, but only inside. I bought our first tree ever last year and did so again this year. My kids really get a kick out of it, which is why I probably do it. Never decorated pre kids. Did the tree up last night with Christmas tunes streaming of my laptop. It was nice. So yes.

annie / December 7, 2009 3:48 PM

YES!!! Christmas is my favorite time of year and I really deck the halls. It's been slow going this year b/c of other obligations and my husband is traveling a ton and I can't reach some of the out of the way decorations, but I'm getting it done. First time for a real tree this year and I got it up yesterday, it's still naked though, hopefully it will be lit tonight. But I have to save the ornaments for when he gets home b/c I like to do the egg nog and music, the whole bit. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Ding Dong! (or hee haw)

zoenotcool / December 7, 2009 5:03 PM

Yes. Wreath on the door, real tree (later recycled), some knick-knacks, stockings for all humans and household animals, electric candles in the front windows. This year, I may only use the ivory/gold/silver stuff, which will simplify things.

I'm less confident about the outside decorations, but last year we used large colored lights in the hedges and one Peanuts light up thing (not inflatable).

Guy Smiley / December 7, 2009 5:29 PM

Yes, I get lit.

David / December 8, 2009 1:58 AM

Tree, garland, woo!

Nuke LaLoosh / December 8, 2009 10:16 AM

You betcha! Real tree, fake mistletoe, lights, the whole shebang.

As I get holiday/new years cards from friends, I tape them up around the doorway leading to the kitchen of my apartment. It's like having my freinds say hello. Apparently, there is a card recycling program where you can tear off the front of the cards, mail them to an address, then they'll recycle them for others to use in the future.

As I decorate, I put on either Sufjan Stevens' Christmas collection, or perhaps some space-age bachelor pad versions of holiday songs. I'll pour a gimlet, and set up the tree. Good times!

Often, I host small cocktail party where I invite a few friends to bring or make a small ornament for the tree. I put the lights up on the tree, but the guests decorate the tree itself -- it's fun, cheap, and saves me time. I can think of my friends each time I look at the tree. I also think of Darth Vader, as a family member gave me a "talking Vader" Christmas ornament a couple of years ago.

Luke . . . I am your father . . . Father Christmas!

Just a tip -- if you do invite friends to decorate during a cocktail party, it is best to serve them libation AFTER they have hung their ornament.

jlp / December 8, 2009 11:05 AM

wow, I didn't realize how many people actually decorate during this time of the year. I've never done decorations while living by myself. this will be the first holiday season of my boyfriend and I living together and neither of us are particularly keen on it. but, I did suggest that we make paper snowflakes to hand around the apartment. (that was always my favorite part of decorating when I was little.)

sd / December 8, 2009 11:10 AM

Yes, a tree and a snowman on the front door. And some lights inside (we're hosting a potluck this year, so you gotta decorate).

A. Lewellen / December 8, 2009 1:30 PM

Oh man, I totally forgot about mistletoe. Gotta get some of that.

Spook / December 8, 2009 2:29 PM

I use to do two large wreaths with mardi gras beads hanging off of them. But I'm not feeling it this year.I guess I'm not to happy about the "Change" that every body kept talking about.

But I will keep my bar table well stocked.

fluffy / December 8, 2009 8:25 PM

some lights around windows,a small wreath on the front door,and sometimes a small, plastic tree which Mr. M will inevitably knock down several times.

printdude / December 9, 2009 4:02 AM

I shove a candy cane up my butt and hang some mistletoe on my belt buckle. Then I parade around the house wrapped in light strings while singing the "Chanukah Song". Man, I freakin' love the Holidays this year. Anyone want some cocoa?

kate / December 9, 2009 10:55 AM

YES!!! The garland is up, the cranberry candles too - the tree from Phyllis' is up and decorated even with a cat in the house trying desperately to ruin it. Only holiday I decorate for (tastefully of course).

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