CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN — DECEMBER 11

Whenever I need a dose of holiday cheer to boost my stressed holiday spirits, I take a little drive through the neighborhood on my way back from wherever, to look at the holiday decorations gracing my neighbors’ yards.  Although I can appreciate the megawatt displays that some of my neighbors have paid to have installed, those are not the decorations that delight me the most:

I always get a kick out of any decorations that are Texas-themed, like this cowboy snowman and cactus: IMG_5534

I smile every time I drive past this agave, all decked out for the holidays:

agave Maybe not unique to Texas, but this shotgun-toting camo penguin is pretty amusing: IMG_5508 It’s always fun to come across vintage decorations, like this plastic Santa and his evil twin, that were just a few houses apart on the same block:

I dare you not to grin at these Christmas Star Wars characters: IMG_5505 I give this house an “E” for effort and exuberance: IMG_5506 I do a double take every time I drive by this festive flock of geese with their holly collars: IMG_5532 These pretty ornaments seem to float in the air like bubbles: IMG_5536 I know what you’re thinking.  Just say it — big red balls: IMG_5509 A little flamingo whimsy: IMG_5514 A reminder of what Christmas is about: IMG_5535 Finally, at this house I just wanted to get out of the car and applaud, yelling “Bravo, well done, well done”: IMG_5513 If you need a little break from the holiday hustle and bustle, take a quick trip around the neighborhood, and you are bound to come back grinning.  Are there any special holiday decorations in your neighborhood that you really enjoy?

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