Don't want to decorate? You better wa...

Don't want to decorate? You better watch out

There are 59 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 23, 2007, titled Don't want to decorate? You better watch out. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Rebekah Powell had not been in her new home long when her Des Plaines neighborhood transformed itself overnight.

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mike f

Pittsburgh, PA

#1 Dec 23, 2007
Rebekah Powell - you're one to call the candy canes 'cheesy'...that hideous faux Greek fountain plopped in your front yard (check out the article photos) screams 'cheesy'! Hypocrite.
energymom

Des Plaines, IL

#2 Dec 23, 2007
I had hoped to see fewer lights this year - with global warming confirmed to be caused by human activity. Our ridiculous agregious waste of energy caused by excessive christmas displays should stop.
Jesus, whom we attempt to commemorate at this time of year would weap if he saw what we are doing to the earth that has been given to us. The world was a gift of beauty and harmony and we have pooped all over it with energy waste, in the name of Christmas.
I'm ashamed to think of what future generations will think of us, when they tell stories about how excessively we lived.
Bravo to those who don't put up the excessive lights, they are forward thinkers!

“People are fun to watch”

Since: Aug 07

Chicago

#3 Dec 23, 2007
Mike, she hasn't lived there that long--perhaps the fountain (I agree with your opinion on it, btw) came with the house.

I had a neighbor here in Cheyenne who decorated hugely for every holiday. I had never seen Easter lights before. But the Christmas display was massive. I never decorated while they lived there because I felt they were using enough electricity for all of us. Evidently the rest of the neighbors agreed.
KPOM

United States

#4 Dec 23, 2007
Glad I don't live on one of these blocks. Who needs the peer pressure to conform to someone else's idea of good taste?
Chris C

Joliet, IL

#5 Dec 23, 2007
Mike F - she just moved in. Maybe the Greek fountain was the previous owner's, which would make sense given their sense of decorating taste.

Some folks just don't get the phrase "less is more". I used to decorate, and put up homemade garlands, lights, etc.. It looked classy and festive without looking like a tacky Las Vegas strip. These days, time is at a premium, electric bills are running high, and all that stuff has to come down in January and get stored somewhere. Will that guy in the golf cart fund the electric bill and show up with a ladder to help take the stuff down? Doubtful. There are more things to worry about than succumbing to the pressures of enforcers of holiday spirit.
daisybroad

Denver, CO

#6 Dec 23, 2007
rebekah,
sometimes things are not all about you, darling. those decorations can be a bit tacky, but those candy canes in your garage represent tradition and community... two things that will still be around long after your gone!
stop flattering yourself and put them out!!!!!!!!!!

i'm sure not everyone LOVES your cement fountain. just a thought.

“People are fun to watch”

Since: Aug 07

Chicago

#7 Dec 23, 2007
Chris C wrote:
...Some folks just don't get the phrase "less is more". I used to decorate, and put up homemade garlands, lights, etc.. It looked classy and festive without looking like a tacky Las Vegas strip....
Chris--that's exactly how I feel. I just never put the Vegas strip thought into words. I hate that look. Can't understand why someone wants their house to look like that.
Merry Christmas

Berwyn, IL

#8 Dec 23, 2007
The decorations might be chess, but the children love and it brings a little bit of joy and cheer to people. Jesus would love to see the neighborhoods coming together in celebration. We live in a country who is took quick deny Christianity, I mean come on we blast politicians for having a Christmas tree an angel or a cross in an add. I feel there are too many scrooges and if you celebrate Christmas it is alright to say Merry Christmas, happy holidays is cheesy and if you celebrate Hanukah then say Happy Hanukah! I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
IRCW

Downers Grove, IL

#9 Dec 23, 2007
What if you don't celebrate Christmas? I think too many people forget (as much as they would like to try) that their religion is not the only one there is. If I lived in this block I would not give in to their forced display of religion.
RDG

Munster, IN

#10 Dec 23, 2007
Y'know, this country never ceases to amaze me. If people choose not to light their houses like the vegas strip, or choose not to decorate, at all, it's their business. Seems as if the 'enforcers' of the mostrous displays are in need of validation for their overbearance.

This article is just silly, and points out all the largess that usually accompanies the annual looniness of this season.

“People are fun to watch”

Since: Aug 07

Chicago

#11 Dec 23, 2007
Merry Christmas wrote:
The decorations might be chess, but the children love and it brings a little bit of joy and cheer to people. Jesus would love to see the neighborhoods coming together in celebration. We live in a country who is took quick deny Christianity, I mean come on we blast politicians for having a Christmas tree an angel or a cross in an add. I feel there are too many scrooges and if you celebrate Christmas it is alright to say Merry Christmas, happy holidays is cheesy and if you celebrate Hanukah then say Happy Hanukah! I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Merry, I apprecate the sentiment you express, but personally wonder, when I see yards "decorated" with a schizo mix of reindeer, sleighs, creches, and snowmen, can this weird collection exemplify the true meaning of Christmas?

Would Jesus really love seeing an army of candy canes and toy soldiers surrounding the nativity? Would He appreciate Santa and the snowmen guarding the baby Jesus? Or is all of this really the "true" meaning and I am the one who just doesn't get it? I choose not to spend a fortune decorating the exterior of my house. I do support charities heavily at this time of year instead. A better use of my money, IMHO.
lori

Somerville, MA

#12 Dec 23, 2007
daisybroad wrote:
rebekah,
sometimes things are not all about you, darling. those decorations can be a bit tacky, but those candy canes in your garage represent tradition and community... two things that will still be around long after your gone!
stop flattering yourself and put them out!!!!!!!!!!
i'm sure not everyone LOVES your cement fountain. just a thought.
Community is about PEOPLE not cheesy, energy sucking (and lets get real...tacky!) plastic candy canes. What if a non-christian moved into the neighbourhood, would they also be required to play along, jsut to be part of the community.
I respect Rebekah who is pointing out that yes, it isn't about her, if her neighbours want to display they lights and such, then her not doing so does not take away from their displays. Good for her!
IRCW

Downers Grove, IL

#13 Dec 23, 2007
lori wrote:
<quoted text>
Community is about PEOPLE not cheesy, energy sucking (and lets get real...tacky!) plastic candy canes. What if a non-christian moved into the neighbourhood, would they also be required to play along, jsut to be part of the community.
I respect Rebekah who is pointing out that yes, it isn't about her, if her neighbours want to display they lights and such, then her not doing so does not take away from their displays. Good for her!
My sentiment exactly. I can tell you I would be sure to return the decorations to the neighbors and politely tell them I will not be participating in your collective madness.
Much_ado_about_n othing

Elgin, IL

#14 Dec 23, 2007
Glad I celebrate Festivus and don't have to deal with this.
Russell

AOL

#15 Dec 23, 2007
If I were being pressured to put up decorations on my lawn, on my property, I would borrow from the example of a gentleman from Bremerton, Washington and put up a crucified Santa.
IRCW

Downers Grove, IL

#16 Dec 23, 2007
Much_ado_about_nothing wrote:
Glad I celebrate Festivus and don't have to deal with this.
And a good Festivus to you as well!
James Anthony

Chicago, IL

#17 Dec 23, 2007
Oh please! Rebekah the snob can't put 2 lousy candy canes on the lawn and be a nice neighbor? This woman obviously lives alone.
LAS

Arlington Heights, IL

#18 Dec 23, 2007
I feel for anyone forced to deal with this stuff being forced upon them. Everyone has the right to observe or not observe the holidays in their own way.

That being said, I have seen some lovely neighborhood-wide displays on streets in Kansas City- they get white paper bags, put sand in the bottom to weigh them down and stick a candle (maybe one of those battery-powered candles) in there and line the entire street with them, placing them along the sidewalk every four feet or so. It's beautiful, classy and non-specific for which holiday they're in honor of.

The assumption that everyone celebrates Christmas is ridiculous.
An Individual

Pleasanton, CA

#19 Dec 23, 2007
So Christmas in these neighborhoods is all about coercing neighbors to do something they don't want to do? What great spirit. Enjoy your Stepford Christmas.
Kramer

Chicago, IL

#20 Dec 23, 2007
You have to love the argument about putting Christ back into Christmas, when their manger scenes have Snoopys, inflatable Santas, tin soldiers, and perhaps an NFL player or two.

Give me a break.

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