If all goes according to plan, I'll be spending the end of December visiting faraway loved ones, so decorating my own apartment is one of the projects I had to cross off my holiday to-do list. Luckily, a few of my across-the-street neighbors have big, beautiful Christmas trees covered in sparkly white lights, and they generously leave their curtains open for all — or at least me — to enjoy! The two trees in question are both classy and restrained, but really I'm a sucker for any sparkly lights. One year, a neighbor covered their fire escape in at least a dozen mismatched strings of lights and I absolutely loved it — and was very sad when the lights were taken down. Can't pretty lights stay up all year? They're inoffensive, reasonably affordable, and, of course, pretty.
Now, I don't want you to think I'm hiding behind my curtains, staring into my neighbors' apartments. I keep my curtains open as long as possible, until it's truly dark, and the neighbors turn on their trees at early dusk, so it works out nicely. There are a few hours when I get to enjoy the festive sight of their trees whenever I happen to pass my window, and when I sit by the window reading I definitely feel like I'm basking in the glow of the wintry cheer. Even if the glow is all the way across the street.
Do you ever just skip the decorations, content to enjoy the sight of your neighbors' sparkly festooning? Maybe we should all take turns decorating, and make a rotating schedule!