Well, Joe and I decided that tonight was the night for our annual "go look at the Christmas lights" foray into the cold night, when we bundle up and head out with camera to hand, and capture the holiday lights in the surrounding 'hood.
Traditionalist that I evidently am, I love the house above, with all its wreaths and simple spotlights. It's one of my favorite houses. Here's another shot that shows where it has an additional section to the left of this photo, with a big tree all lit up in the front window:
Many of the homes are as tasteful and lovely as this...
...but while I really like that house, I have to admit, for sheer entertainment, I find it irresistible when we look directly across from a house like that one and see this:
One can only ponder what these neighbors must think of each other with such vastly different tastes, eh? These folks went to the Chevy Chase "Christmas Vacation" school of decorating, I think.
(I noticed a few vacant spots there...one can only hope that next year, they'll fill those in and take care of that!)
And for some folks, it's absolutely de rigeur to have palm trees out front when the temps are in the teens:
I always enjoy our jaunts out to catch the holiday displays throughout the town. One man who met us outside his neon-lights-are-bright explosion of color said, ever so seriously, "I don't want to go overboard or anything like that."
Seriously, some of these places look like they might as well put "Budweiser" signs out front. Why the hell not?
One home even had a lake, with trees reflecting on the water, which was actually kind of pretty:
And a few just couldn't get enough strands of lights on every one of their trees:
It's one of my favorite things to do this time of year, as we drank mugs of hot cider and enjoyed the tour. I took lots of photos of the elegant, stately homes, like the ones below, that are also pretty spectactular, but I had to include some of these others as well--you just wouldn't have believed me otherwise...
Another holiday season's lights captured for posterity.