I’ve noticed changes during my morning walks. A few homes have Christmas decorations. Because of our desert locale, the decorations are so very different than the ones I’d see in Southern California. In both homes, we were in the Sonoran Desert, but this end of the desert is wild, while Palm Springs was tamed and manicured. The yards and decorations in Palm Springs were traditional strings of lights along eves and a few inflatable Santas.
The weather has gotten colder and cups are placed on cactus (cacti?) in our new neighborhood. The cactus can freeze and die from the top. That’s why we use styrofoam cups to give them a little insulation. We moved here December 15 last year and I was spending countless trips to grocery and hardware stores unable to find anything styrofoam. Amazon to the rescue.
What type of displays do you see in your neighborhood? Do you think there are more or less displays than pre COVID days? Do you put up lights or decorations?
Obviously, we have big displays In Parks and stores. If I see things I’ll add them in on Sunday days….
We went to NYC years ago in December and I was fascinated with the store displays.
They’re wonderful to look at!
It’s when we shine
You have the same issues we have. Forecast for Christmas day? 80 and sunny. We are talking golf weather, in shorts. Hard to get into the Christmas spirit when the only ice you see is in the cooler, chilling your beer at the beach and Mrs. Clause is running around in Spanx.
I adore lights and I have enough clutter in my life. So I tend toward more lights and fewer decorations.
I don’t like clutter either.
In my house, “family” counts as clutter.
Haha! I hear you.
We have few decorations, only the tree really, in the house and a little bit of lights on the outside. I love to see other people’s houses all decorated but don’t want the hassle of doing it myself. I have a miniature village set but I haven’t put it out in years. There is no room in the house without rearranging all the furniture LOL. Interesting about the cacti. I have seen people put blankets over their plants around here but wouldn’t have thought that cacti needed it. Cute Santa.
Thanks! We skipped a tree this year because we’re meeting our kids in Santa Barbara for Christmas. I don’t need the hassle of putting it up and taking it down.
I am fascinated by the styrofoam on the cacti. I’ve never heard of this before.
When we moved in last December the cups were on the cactus and we didn’t know why.
Oh my, the Arizona landscape must be so different for you, beautiful in it’s own way but I imagine not the same as Palm Springs. Those styrofoam cups are news to me, I’ve never heard of that, see, learning something new every day! xx, C
Palm Springs is gorgeous, but this is too in a much wilder way. There are so many more plants and cactus here. Yes, the styrofoam cups are interesting. It’s a challenge to get them on and off without getting scraped or poked.