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Christmas two ways

I realized that my husband and I had vastly different decorating styles the first time I visited his condo many years ago and he proudly showed me both his Three Stooges and “dogs playing poker” artwork in his living.

As we have decorated several homes together over the years, we have surprisingly developed a mutual style that we both love. I have even introduced him to throw pillows, area rugs and matching table linens. And yes, his Three Stooges and dogs playing poker pictures are proudly displayed in his “man cave” these days. But when it comes to outside Christmas decorations, we have never quite reached a compromise.

His motto for outside Christmas decorations is “the brighter, the better” with his favorite decorations being his flashing blue snowflake lights. I decorate with white lights, wreaths and matching bows. But after many years of our outdoor Christmas décor looking schizophrenic, we finally reached a compromise: I decorate the front yard, and he gets the backyard.

So if you drive through our neighborhood this year, from the street our home will be decorated Southern Living-style, courtesy of me. But if you peek in our backyard, you will be treated to a 10-foot lighted snowman, the famous flashing blue lights and a large pig wearing a Christmas hat.

But I have to admit that as pretty as my part of the décor always looks, I can’t help but smile each time I see a giant blinking snowman out the back window.

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