December 3, 2001    





How do you decorate for the winter holidays?

A mess of lights outside (not to be turned on previously to Dec 1), a christmas tree (not to be put up previously to Dec 1) and a lotta decorations inside.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

I put up a small tree on my coffee table and I have a minature winter scene that I put out. It has little houses and raindeer and santa in his sled.

Russell, 36
, NC   USA

Right now pretty much white lights strung around the room.

Felicia, 35
, MA    USA

The only bit of "decorating" I do is my solstice candle, but I take great delight in arranging the greenery. On our land we can clip holly, white pine, hemlock and ground ivy. I have a hoarded collection of pine cones (some from the cancer center) and tiny balls from my childhood Christmas trees and bits and pieces of commercial flower arrangements that have been sent with love.

If you have a bit of green in the house on the evening of the longest night of the year, the sun will return. If you are hard pressed, houseplants will serve. Greenery in the wallet doesn't really count.

Jill, 60

Lights, tree, decorations around the house...the whole shebang!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City
, NJ   USA

Normally I don't but my girlfriend's mother left her a vintage silver christmas tree and the trees outside have the lights in them year-round so we plugged them in.

Alias Irrelevante

An advent wreath. Then I add a white candle on Christmas day.

Laura, 36
, MA    USA

I go all out lights.garland, tree, anything xmas-ie ~nicole

Nicole2, 20

I usually over decorate. I do two trees and all the windows and outside as much as possible. I just love the decorations and lights but I always do too much and it takes me two months after to get things packed right.

Marci, 56
, OH   USA

At my parents' house, there has always been a Christmas tree. There's also a Christmas calendar, a Mele Kalikimaka doormat, a Santa with jeweled eyes and a feathery beard, a homemade wooden Rudolph, and a lot of other stuff. It's really great.

Karen, 22

Christmas tree, lights, a wreath, my collection of nutcrackers, a creche.

Jane, 62
West Linn
, OR   USA

I prefer to place a paper sack over my head so my inbred relatives don't know who keeps trying to run away from the gathering.

A-Dog, 19

Christmas tree, nativity scene, wreaths, and poinsettas

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

Lights on the house and in the shrubs outdoors, Christmas tree and odds and ends of candles, figurines, garland, etc through the house but mostly in the living room. Each year we each get a new tree ornament specifically picked out for that person. We open it on Christmas eve and add it to the tree. Makes for a really neat collection on the tree each year and it's really fun finding just the right ornament for each person.

Fisch, 46
, CT   USA

We always put lights around a window (this time the picture window in our living room) and we put up a tree. This year we bought a fresh wreathe so we could enjoy the smell of the outdoors in our place.

Reba, 50+
Silver Spring

We go all out... the whole house is covered in lights, inside and out. Christmas is the best.

Maggie, 22
, IL   USA

We don't. Too much of a pain.

Jonathan, 19
, NC   USA

lights outside of my house


The typical tree is my main concern. We have a very nice wreath hanging on the door. Other than that, the other decorations are those that my three-year-old decides needs to be sitting around or stuck on the windows. She likes the static-cling window stuff.

Aaron, 22

The usual...a tree, wreaths and my mom has her bears that she has been collecting for the past few years, so they are all over the house. And outside we have the lights and greens...and the flag still flying high.

Jennifer, 19
, PA   USA

I put up a Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year, my fiance and I picked out a tree and decorated it. There is also a matching wreath on the front door.

Stephanie, 25

I play some ambient music celebrating snowy weather.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

i never do

mothmc, 37
Los Angeles

Don't really decorate. Just another thing to clean up in my apartment.

Ryan, 28
Riedlingen  GERMANY

I put up wreaths on the door. I made a lot of my holiday decorations. So they have special meaning to me. I made one of the wreaths on the back door and my son made a huge pinecone wreath that goes on the front door. I have a bay window that I put up a pine garland swag with lights and gold ribbons and angel ornaments on. On the window's shelf I have glass trees, stuffed reindeer, AnnaLee dolls of elves, Santas. I have Lenox Christmas platters and bowls I put out filled with nuts and candy. I have Christmas Noritake dishes set I take out and we eat with during the month of December and special Spode Christmas glasses that we use. I put flowers on the chandelier. I hang stockings up and a Santa wall hanging quilt. I put a nativity set on my dry sink. I put up a tree in the living room. lights around the stained glass windows. Outside with put garland and lights on the fence and around the door. I am working on giving Martha Stewart a  run for her money.

Janet, 44
E. Brunswick

Christmas tree. Christmas lights on the house.

Celeste, 30
Colorado Springs

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