Saturday, 15 December 2012

Outside is the new inside

It's hard not to notice them. Every year they are certainly getting more common and over the top. Some of them are simply twinkling lights and some at the other end of the spectrum include large inflatable Santa's and animated puppets and perhaps even sound effects.

I am of course talking about the Christmas decorations that are once again adorning the outside of many homes across the country. What used to be a fairly infrequent occurrence has now become much more popular. Here and there about our nation are some Christmas decorations that are totally over the top. Some of these have even been known to stop traffic as drivers turn their eyes from the road to stare at the gaudy adornments.

According to the Lincolnshire Echo a couple have decorated the inside and outside of their home. Their bungalow has become totally transformed into a shrine for the festive season. This couple are hoping to use their Christmas decorating obsession to raise money for the local Air Ambulance.

I think that many people have added lights to the outside of their homes not to celebrate the festive season but instead for a much more practical reason. You might have noticed that your street lights now turn off at a set time at night, perhaps 11pm, leaving the nations streets in darkness in an effort to save money and energy.

Dark streets are not safe for party goers to stagger home in so the Christmas lights and inflatable Santa Homer Simpsons point the way home.

Altogether now, "Show me the way to go home. I'm tired and I want to go to bed..."

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