Friday, December 15, 2006

What it looks like when Christmas throws up.

It's been a while since I mentioned my strange new neighbors. For the most part, we've decided they aren't too bad. They aren't as loud as they used to be. Although they are somewhat weird, they do seem to be pretty nice most of the time. When pruning a tree, they came over to let us know they would come clean up any branches that fell into our yard. And they have invited us to a few picnics they were having.

So I feel somewhat guilty making fun of them . . . . but not guilty enough not to do it!! I'd been wanting to blog about their Christmas display for a while. And as soon as I caught wind of the XXmas Contest, I knew I had to snap some covert photos and share with everyone.

You see, my new neighbor told another neighbor that they are really excited to be spending their first Christmas in their own home. Now if it were me, I'd show my pride by choosing some tasteful decorations to really make my new home shine. You know, sometimes less is more. But I suppose, in their opinion, MORE is more.

When Christmas throws up I
Click the pictures to read the notes!!
When Christmas throws up II
I honestly don't think they could fit one more think on the lawn . . . . or porch . . . . or roof, for that matter. (I had to post two pictures just to fit it all in!!) Unfortunately, the pictures don't do it justice - it is much more cluttered and tacky in real life!! I shutter to think what their next electric bill will look like! On the up-side, we can keep our living room lights off and still have a nice soft glow from all the wattage on their lawn!!

So, now that I've finished my snarky Grinchy post, I'm going to check on Pea. We've been together for 7 1/2 years, and today was the first day since I've know him that he called in sick to work. He even had a 101.6 fever, poor guy. Although I suppose it's better to get it over with now so he won't be sick for Christmas.

24 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I hope Pea feels better soon! We have both a cold and a stomach bug making the rounds of school and work, and are hoping no one comes down with anything over the holidays.

I wonder if chocolate fights cold germs?

miss88keys said...

Poor Pea! I sure hope it's nothing serious. Whenever DH is sick (which is also hardly never) he wants Ramen Noodles or Macaroni & Cheese. Of course my opinion was I'd HAVE to be sick to want Ramen Noodles, but whatever it takes to make him feel better. As for me, I crave Chicken Noodle Soup with a Sourdough roll from a place called Corner Bakery. Nothing warms me up or makes me feel better (unless it's my mommy's homemade version).

I think the power companies should "fine" homes with tacky decorations. Say.. $1,000? Although I hate homeowner's associations, they'd come in handy if you have a neighbor like yours. SHOCKING!

yarnmaniac said...

That's amazing, Karen. Disneyland right next door. You could get a sun tan from it.

Wendy

knittinmom said...

Niiiice! There's a street in Portland where every single house has to put up lights (it's in their covenant). That is not our street, however. We probably have the most lights of anyone, and our display is relatively pathetic...

Hope Pea gets better soon and you don't get whatever he has!!!

Zonda said...

Um..inneresting!! LOL! Well at least you can save on your electric bill! ;)

Hope Pea gets better and you take care too! :)

Anonymous said...

I live that nightmare. Every year. And I have to participate with our tree/parkway done all up a certain way. When I meet new people who live in my area and tell them what neighborhood I'm in, they say "Oh, the one with all the Christmas decorations!"

That's the one....

Anonymous said...

Oh my... um, that is some glow... But, the kids must love it. I distinctly remember making my parents drive past one house like that every year when we were little...

Mintyfresh said...

I don't know how close the neighbors are, but I love how dark it is around the house--clearly no one else has puked Christmas all over their house! Hope Pea feels better! Lots of water.

Anonymous said...

Oh my god- I read the title of your post and almost peed in my pants. Aren't those the neighbors with the gross dog too?

That's so obnoxious. It's like wearing all of your clothes at the same time or something.

Hope Pea feels better!

Nathalie said...

get better Pea! I must say that whilst it is bright, that kids would love it, even if the neighbours don't. thank goodness nobody on our street does lights *quite* like that! I must say that I had been wondering about your neighbours. we had v v obnoxious neighbours who moved out on Ians birthday. I was so relieved. They had such big fights when we first moved in that I had to call the police

Kelly said...

All I can say is wow! Just wow! Oh and I'd hate to see their electric bill! Hope Pea feels better soon!

Anonymous said...

Get well wishes to Santa Pea and here's to hoping what ails him isn't contageous.

All you can do when the Griswolds/Clampetts move in is enjoy their eccentricities and blog about them so the rest of us can have a good laugh.

And look on the bright side (which is probably easy to do with all of those lights), at least they're festive people! Grumpy neighbors can suck the friendliness right out of a neighborhood. These folks are probably making some children in the area very happy.

Confessions of a Knitting Diva said...

Thank you for making me laugh!! I have been in a slump and your post and pictures made me smile, something I haven't done in a few days!! I am with you, less is more!! My poor hubby has been trying to get some white lights to work together on the bushes in the front of our house for two weeks!! There is a short somewhere, but he just can't find it. Since Christmas is in a week, I figure he should just take them off and try again next year.

KeanaLee said...

Whoa that is some light show, too funny!

Sonya said...

Yowza. Gives new meaning to the word busy. All that stuff might work if they had a 5 acre front yard. Sorry to hear that Pea is feeling poorly. Hopefully he'll be over it quickly. BTW, did you sneak over to take the pictures or brazenly walk right over to snap them?

Katt said...

I hope Pea is feeling better real soon.

Oooh what a "pretty" house to be living next door to this time of year! YOINKS!!!! You poor things

Katt

Dipsy D. said...

Oh my gosh! Woah! You're so right - more seems to be more for your neighbours! Can anyone still sleep in your road? I mean, it must be light as day - during the night, no? Yikes!
I'm so sorry to hear that Pea's been sick, poor guy! I hope he's feeling a lot better by now - all the very best to him!

heidi said...

HEY, that's MY HOUSE!

(Just kidding!) Title of blog also caused me to do the proverbial in my pants as well! Zack thinks it's "beautiful"; six year olds have such impeccable decorating taste. Should have seen what he wanted to put at our house!
I must say that being a country "snob", you can't really see any lights from the local "candy lands" as we call them. We went the tastefull white lights, candles in the windows and like. I even put little greenery swags and bows on my birdfeeders hanging in the trees.

I am ashamed to admit though, that I almost weakened and ruined (or should I say, topped ) the whole decor with a moving, light up MOOSE decor from Target. Fortunately, my artistic muse gave me a good whack alongside the head!

Enjoy the light show; hope they aren't the type to leave them up year round! (oh, no that's MY neighbors!)

heidi said...

Meant to wish P. well in the last blog....
Oh, what a meanie I am... Sweet pea's running hot! :( Poor P! Feel better! :)

H.

Anonymous said...

I hope that Pea feels better soon! Wow, those are some neighbors!!! I agree, sometimes less is more. They did leave some blank space on the side of the house...

flutter said...

You must move away. Or knit them a house cozy.

Missy said...

Okay--could be worse--they could have one of those mega-blow-up snow globes in the front yard, too!!!! xoxo Do they turn it out at night so you can sleep?~~?~?

Melissa said...

LOL!! I drove by a house this weekend and there were candy canes lighting a pathway to a manger scene. Some people do go overboard!

Nancy said...

You really should go over and tell them that on one of the pillars the lights are wrapped at the wrong angle.

P.S. Get better Pea!

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