I actually don’t remember much in the way of outdoor decorations from when I was really little. From about the time I was 10 or 11 though I do recall Dad putting lights out on the bushes and trees in front of the house along with a coloured flood light. He would also sometimes put lights in the back yard along the deck railing. There was usually also a wreath on the front door. I’ve only really been aware of people going crazy with the decorations in the more recent past. Some people around where we live now really go to town with the decorations – blow-up snow globes with Santa and Frosty, Santa’s entire herd of reindeer on the front lawn, a family of snowmen, and enough lights to power a small village.
We are not quite that expressive. In years gone by we have been known to put lights on some of our trees and I usually put a wreath out on the door. This year we bought a mother and baby deer but they have yet to actually make it out into the yard. It is fun, though, to drive around and see what everyone else has done and wonder at their electrical bills.