I enjoy decorating for Christmas. Well, kind of. Okay, actually, when I saw the guys arrive across the street and spend a few hours covering the house front with lights which keep me up a while each night, I was a tad envious.
I still do all my own Christmas decorating. But apparently, hiring out the holiday decor is a growing trend.
A year or so back, I read Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present. I was shocked at the excess to which many of the folks covered in the book went, spending thousands to have a crew come in and decorate their homes for Christmas. Others have made outdoor Christmas lighting, complete with a timed musical soundtrack, into a part-time job. Still others got into Black Friday shopping in a big way.
I’m wondering whether part of this is a Texas thing. As I recall, several of the people profiled in the book lived in Texas, as does radio host Glenn Beck, who recently shared that he had hired a company to light the outside of his house … for $18,000. Beck does live in Texas now, and while perhaps everything is bigger there, I suspect that there are people livin’ large all over. I don’t begrudge Beck his house, but gee — for $18,000, I might consider flying down to put up all those lights myself. Seriously. Many people live on $18,000 for a year (that’s more than the salary for my first job out of college)!
So while many out there are hitting up Hobby Lobby and buying all new Christmas decor (which a service will come in and arrange), I’ll be unpacking yet again my childhood treasures and arranging them.
Happy decking of the halls, however you do it.