That may seem like a lot of money to spend. I know it seems like a lot to me. Then again, this is making up for about ten years of no Xmas decorations at all. For those of you who know me, you know that since the early 1990s, I've practiced some decidedly non-Christian beliefs. The whole idea of Christmas was anathema to me. Without getting too far into things, let's just say that recently I've returned to a more Christian view of life. I'm actually looking forward to Christmas this year.
I still detest the vulgarity of most Christmas displays, but I'd like to think that our decorations will lean more toward the tasteful side of things and still be fun. Likewise, Christmas as an orgy of commercialism, overeating, and unbridled avarice makes me want to take a flamethrower to every Wal-Mart, Toys 'R' Us, and shopping mall. A small Christmas dinner, a fire in the fireplace, and some small but thoughtful gifts are all I'm hoping for.
Now, if I could just get rid of that stupid "Christmas Story" movie. I like to watch that movie once a year, but by the fourth or fifth time, I want to take that Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle, pump it up to about 1800psi, and blow a bunch of BB-sized holes in Ralphie's head.