As I drive through the neighborhood in daylight hours what I’m noticing is that holiday decor has taken a turn toward simple. There are fewer yards filled to overflowing with Christmas imagery. Gone, too, are the blow up Santas which seemed to collapse with the first strong gust of wind and lay in a sad heap for most of the holiday season.
What is appearing this year are wreaths tied with red ribbon hanging from windows.
Greenery, real and artificial, drapes doorways.
With colorful baubles and lights added, the look becomes quite festive.
Where there are railed porches, greenery conveys a warm and friendly look, and I imagine the smell of cookies baking in a cozy kitchen.
Of course, there are wreaths of many kinds.
What is wonderful about them is how they reflect the style of the home and make you want to see more of what is inside.
Here and there nutcrackers, a favorite Christmas image, stand guard on a porch.
While there are many symbols of Christmas, none says it better than this very simple manger. For so many, the birth of the child and the message of the man he became has had a profound impact. All the rest is just decoration.
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