1. When do you decorate your home for the season?
When I went to college at UT, we started setting up and deocarting the tree the weekend after Thanksgiving so we could do it as a family. I'm allergic to live trees so since I have an artificial tree, I'm pretty much ready to set up the tree and the decorations the minute Thanksgiving is over with. Let's face--decorating the house is far more fun than shopping.
2. If you have a Christmas tree, what kind of lights do you prefer--multi-color, white, all one color? Do you like blinking, steady on or those chasing lights that do tricks?
For me, it depends. I really like multi-color lights and the white lights, but it depends on how they're used and what kind of decorations you have. I also have to admit I love the light strands that have eight settings and can chase each other or slowly dim, etc.
3. Do your parents or family still have decorations and/or ornaments you made when you were little? Parents--do you still have decorations your children made when they were little?
My parents still have ornaments from both my sister and I were little that we hang on the tree. When I was a teenager, it was kind of embarrassing and I'd hide them in the back of the tree. But now, it's actually cool becuase the ornaments have stories and memories associated with them. Though there is one that I get out every year and think about how much I despise the fact that my fourth grade techer would never call me Michael because there were two Michaels in her class and I was Mike whether I liked it or not. We've also got some ornaments that I just colored on back when I was three that are old, faded but yet they still mean a lot to my mom to have them on the tree. I also kind of look forward to sharing the stories and ornaments with my niece and nephew and my own kids someday (should I be blessed with kids).
4. Do you like decorating outdoors as well? If so, are you conservative or do you go Clark W. Griswold (from Christmas Vacation)?
I like outdoor lights and decorations, though I don't honestly see the appeal of having those huge blow up Santas or Snowmen in your yard. I like tastefully done light...and I've never spelled anything out in lights.
Bonus -- What is your favorite family decoration or family decorating tradition.
I love putting on some good Christmas music and decorating the tree with my family.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 12/01/2004 10:56:00 AM