01/06/2009 82 °F
Some of you may be thinking, "Christmas? That was over a week ago, why is he posting on that again?" There are several reasons:
1. The 12 days of Christmas actually end on the Epiphany (when the wisemen visited Jesus and recognized him as the Son of God) on January 6th
2. I did not talk about the Christmas decorations in Sydney yet
3. No one has seen my glorious Christmas decoration
4. It's my blog, I can post whatever I want
Our family has always kept our Christmas decorations up through the 6th of January. My neighbors may think I'm lazy in letting my Christmas lights stay up so long, but there is actually a reason. The Christmas season (according to the church, not to the retail providers) continues through the Epiphany, therefore I am allowed to celebrate Christmas until this point. I am happy to say that my Australian neighbors follow the same policy.
Just like back home, residents of Sydney decorate their houses with wreaths on doors, strings of lights, and little bows of holly around the house. Our landlords put our decorations around the inside of the house and a little wreath on the front door. Dawn and I decided to decorate the inside of the house, but had vastly different thoughts about how to decorate. She used words like "tacky" and "cheap" to describe my ideas. She wanted something tasteful (a fresh green tree with silver decorations and white lights). Bitter because of her response to my ideas, I told her ideas were "boring" and "no fun". What was so "tacky" about taking a magnolia branch from the park, stringing VB cans and coke cans off of it (they are green and red), and wrap it with popcorn on a string? We didn't come to any agreement on how to decorate for Christmas, so we headed off to K-mart with the intention of decorating the place as we each preferred.
What Dawn didn't realize that when we agreed to go to K-mart to buy decorations, I had already won. K-mart ONLY has tacky Christmas decorations. I was like a little kid in a candy store. However, Dawn made me put back everything I loaded in the cart. In defiance, I held on tightly to the crown jewel and the one thing that screamed "Christmas in Australia", the surfing Santa (as seen in our bay window from out front of the house).
The tackiness didn't end in K-mart. I did not see one strand of white lights on a house anywhere in Sydney. In fact, most of the colored light strings blinked in amazingly uncoordinated patterns and the colors clashed perfectly. Nothing was better than the two houses directly across the street from ours. Here's a video (since a picture wouldn't be able to show the display in its complete form).
I will finally let Christmas rest and begin posting on new topics. Celebrate the final day of Christmas and endure the rest of winter. It is now ok to describe your neighbors as lazy for not taking down the Christmas decorations.