Firstly I love Christmas, the memories, the songs, the warm feeling of goodwill, but not what it has become.. Think about it 100 years ago Christmas was basically a secular holiday, family gathering, and light gift giving. Largely seeped in Germanic traditions. Today it's non-stop exposure to print, broadcast media, even the internet, that invites up to Buy Buy Buy. Santa ditched his traditional sleigh for a new red Mercedes $250,000 SL300. The media would have us believe that many give new cars to spouse, siblings, wrapped in giant red bows. Giant RedBows where do you get them anyway? They're not sold in Kmart. What kind of message does this send out to the masses, well at least to the 99%.. Try harder, work harder and someday this could be you. Or sorry looser, maybe you can dream about buying a winning lottery ticket. The music. Each year I love to hear all the traditional Christmas songs. Once, not over and over and over, no matter where your go. Food shopping, why do I need to listen to "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" while buying a can of sauerkraut, some milk. Or while eating lunch in my favorite store front pizza joint? If a little medicine is good for you then lets take more cus it must be better. Well at least until the Alzheimer's, or death takes them away I still have those special memories of Christmas as only a 5 year old can have. All was good, all was bright and Santa and his Sleigh were coming tonight..
But how about WackyTackyChristmas I did this website about 6 years ago as a lark, just a virtual sandbox to play around with I feel is an overlooked segment of the Holiday, mainly bad Holiday outdoor lighting. Tasteless, excesses, all are fare game.
As Clark Griswold Jr. said to Senior in that venerable holiday classic movie Christmas Vacation "Dad. I owe everything I learned about outdoor lighting to you"
Currently playing in iTunes: Fir Coat by Widowspeak