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Old 10-28-2007, 11:03 AM   #21
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It's nice to see Christmas decoration when they are done in moderation and with some style.

There's a lot of winter darkness here in the northeast and some Christmas lights and decorations keep the spirits bright.

I do my part to cheer up the neighborhood, along with panettone and shots of sambuca for visitors.
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Old 10-28-2007, 01:04 PM   #22
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We did that last year. We'd gone out for dinner, and came home about half way through trick-or-treat hours, so we just left the lights off and watched TV. We didn't feel guilty at all! It used to be that the kids (and parents with the younger ones) would WALK through the neighborhoods and go door to door. But the last few years there have been VERY FEW hoofing it, while the majority raid the neighborhoods by the CAR VAN load! I figure if the kids want their parents to haul their lazy butts around to mooch candy, then they can just drive to the grocery store or Wally-World and buy their own treats!

This Grinch has no treats for the little beggars this year!

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Me either! LOL Besides, I don't need a lot of candy sitting around my house for weeks, beckoning... keeping fit and trim is hard enough, without adding that temptation!
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Worst case scenario here. I bought a huge bag of halloween candy when costco first put them out about a month ago.

Now we're out of candy, and due to our increased fatness it'll be harder to hide from the trick or treaters. I'm thinking 4 quarts of oil on the steep driveway and if any make it up to the door, we'll send the dogs out after them.
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No need to hide here by the time the little trick or treaters made it up the three flights of stairs they'd be looking for their inhalers .
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I'm "hiding" this year too. My dog would go crazy every time the doorbell would ring and I don't want left over candy.
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I live in a neighborhood full of families with kids, so I get a lot of trick or treaters. I'll put my puppy in her crate and answer the door until about 8:30. Since it's a school night, the kids stop coming pretty early.
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I wish I'd had my camera with me to take pix of the decorations we came across on Sunday, when we traveled to a "chestnut festival" in a town near us. Italians don't have the full Hallowe'en bandwagon, but Nov. 1 is the day of the dead, and many people travel around this time to visit the cemetaries of their loved ones, and at the same time there is a "harvest theme" in the fall with festivals for wine, olives, and particularly now, mushrooms and chestnuts.

In this town each neighborhood collectively decorated and there was a contest complete with ballots to judge the best effort. You were to take the ballot around to each area and get it stamped to "validate" your having visited them all before voting (to discourage ballot-stuffing!!). One had a western theme: "For a Fistful of Chestnuts" said the banner, and folks were running around in cowboy outfits and Ennio Morricone music was playing. Another had a fairy-tale theme (my favorite) with a real guy carving a 3-foot tall wooden Pinnocchio, an actor playing the traveling puppet master, the Fox and the Cat, etc. Other crazy folks were dressed as playing cards, a caterpillar (blue sleeping bag) sitting on a big papier mache toadstool, the three little pigs with their houses (three cute girls with pig noses, and a young lecherous wolf whose big feet made some little kids cry -- and hey what fun is Hallowe'en/dressing up if ya can't make kids cry - seriously!!). They had also constructed the prow of a pirate ship on an archway and had Peter Pan periodically staging swordfights with Captain Hook et al. in the streets, with a fireworks cannon going off every so often.. It was mayhem! And the kids all were having a great time running around the town in whatever their costumed roles were. We didn't check out the third one as the town was very steep and we didn't know where exactly the third zone was. We were already pooped and stuffed with yummy pasta (and tripe for DH) at the neighborhood communal 'supper' set-up.


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Goonie's story about the van is just sad.
I think all the decorations bring a sense of wonderment and cutting loose from 'daily life' for kids, especially.. and when it gets turned into just a 'candy run' there's no fun in it anymore. I LOVED the scary feeling of running around loose on Hallowe'en when I was a kid. EVERY kid was out-of-doors; it's sad that it's perceived (mostly unjustifiably) as something impossible to contemplate today.

If people just stay home with the lights out, it's a downward spiral and soon there won't be any more trick-or-treating, period.
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I grew up poor and Halloween was probably tied for Christmas for being my favorite holiday. We did run wild with the other kids for what seemed like hours. Alas, when my children were small, I would not even think of letting them run wild, with all of the nut cases out there. We never used a vehicle, but I or my DH was with them every step of the way. Trick or treating in our neighborhood is only for 1 hour. As long as it is not raining, either myself or DH or both, will sit outside at the bottom of our stairs and pass out the candy to the little ones. They look so cute and some of them are so excited, it brings back good memories for me. A lot of our neighbors do the same thing and we have a good time talking with each other also. If I get to the point where I can't buy a few bags of candy to pass out to children for trick or treating, I will go back to work!
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No need to hide here by the time the little trick or treaters made it up the three flights of stairs they'd be looking for their inhalers .
Ha. My kid, among others, had no problem running up up to 7 flights to go trick-or-treating this year at some places. (A bunch of us foreign parents arranged trick-or-treat on Sunday.) And they still had energy for a party afterwards.

Don't underestimate the power of candy to motivate!

Holiday season is underway now... no respite for months now. BTW, we will do Christmas decorations, but NOT before Dec. 1. My little bit of discipline -- we'll see if it lasts.
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My house is on a dark street so we really don't get trick or treaters but I do miss the days when I lived in New Jersey and our neighborhood would be a sea of little goblins. We go over to see my SO's grandchildren every year they want to go as buzz lightyear .It's pretty funny to see the two little boys in matching costumes.I always buy a bag of candy (one I don't like ) in hope of a few stray goblins .
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I'm all for holiday decorations but remember when nobody decorated until after Thanksgiving .This rush toward Christmas drives me nuts .I was in Walmart last Sunday and they were playing Christmas music .It's hard to be Ho Ho Ho with the constant push towards commercialism . Or am I turning into a grinch ?
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I went and saw a movie on Halloween to get out of the house. I used to do the candy thing but we got a lot of drive-ins and even after I ran out and shut off the lights I still got kids coming because there were some lights on in the house. I also got tired of kids asking for more candy then I was giving them, and kids not saying thank you. So this time, I left it all dark. I'm definitely a Halloween grinch. After this year, I'll be up in the mountains this time of year and there won't be any trick-or-treaters so I won't have to deal with it.

Christmas lights, I really like. I put up lights Thanksgiving weekend because I almost always travel over Christmas so I want them up long enough to enjoy. In December I do a lot of my runs at night instead of the day so I can see some of the lights around the neighborhoods.
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They had christmas music in our walmart last week too.

Felt pretty stupid walking in from 100 degree heat, taking off my sunglasses and hearing "Jingle bells...jingle bells..." :

I cant believe that the retailers havent already tried to make december 26th the first day of the holiday shopping season. Lets just cut to the chase.
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On our way to the grocery store Tuesday, we went by a house a few blocks from here that had their Christmas decorations up outside already! I thought that was rushing the season a bit. Then last night I looked out the back door, and saw one of our neighbors had their outdoor Christmas lights turned on! That's just plain nutz!
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Does anybody remember back when the Christmas season started just a week or two before Christmas? When I was a little girl, back in the early 1950's, I remember how exciting it was. It was exciting because the Christmas decorations and music meant that Christmas was coming soon!! It was cold, and dark early, and the Christmas lights were so welcome. Carolers would come door to door, and the music was so beautiful.

I think the extension of Christmas season back into October has taken a lot of the wonder and joy out of it. I doubt that Gen X and Gen Y adults would even believe me if I told them about such a short Christmas season. I think it was a lot more fun that way.
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Does anybody remember back when the Christmas season started just a week or two before Christmas? When I was a little girl, back in the early 1950's, I remember how exciting it was. It was exciting because the Christmas decorations and music meant that Christmas was coming soon!! It was cold, and dark early, and the Christmas lights were so welcome. Carolers would come door to door, and the music was so beautiful.

I think the extension of Christmas season back into October has taken a lot of the wonder and joy out of it. I doubt that Gen X and Gen Y adults would even believe me if I told them about such a short Christmas season. I think it was a lot more fun that way.

I do and it was so exciting maybe because it was a short time .We put up our decorations about two weeks before christmas and the tree went up Christmas eve .New years day everything was put away .
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I do and it was so exciting maybe because it was a short time .We put up our decorations about two weeks before christmas and the tree went up Christmas eve .New years day everything was put away .
We did exactly the same thing! And the week before Christmas we would shop for presents, and everyone was so full of Christmas cheer. I am so glad that some of us have these wonderful memories.
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We put up our tree on Christmas eve and took it down the first day of school after the Christmas holiday.

As the oldest child I was in charge of putting the lights on our evergreen tree, the only outdoor decoration that we had.

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We put up our tree on Christmas eve and took it down the first day of school after the Christmas holiday.

As the oldest child I was in charge of putting the lights on our evergreen tree, the only outdoor decoration that we had.

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Although we didn't decorate outdoors (other than the wreath on the door), we had fun decorating the tree inside. As the youngest child, I was in charge of putting the ornaments on the bottom branches of the tree, while my big brothers stood on a ladder to drape the christmas lights and strings of popcorn around the tree, and to put the star on top.

All of this was on the afternoon of the day before Christmas, just after we brought the tree in. Then we arranged the packages under the tree and quickly finished wrapping last minute presents. Later on Christmas Eve, we each got to open one (and only one) package, and we put out our stockings. We had to go to bed early, so that Santa would come. But first, we put out cookies and milk for Santa.

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