Why I always decorate for Christmas, I tell them I'm not. I'm decorating for the holiday season. I see Christmas as a gift giving day. There was no proof that Jesus was born on December 25th. It wasn't until A.D. 440 that the church officially proclaimed December 25 as the birth of Christ. This was not based on any religious evidence but on a pagan feast. Saturnalia was a tradition inherited by the Roman pagans from an earlier Babylonian priesthood. December 25 was used as a celebration of the birthday of the sun god. It was observed near the winter solstice. The apostles in the Bible predicted that some Christians would adopt pagan beliefs to enable them to make their religion more palatable to the pagans around them. Therefore, some scholars think the church chose the date of this pagan celebration to interest them in Christianity. The pagans were already used to celebrating on this date. Since I practice a Pagan religion, I celebrate Yule (Winter Solstice) on the 21'st of December this year since I live above the equator, those below the equator would celebrate in on June 21'st.
See if you're still reading after my little religious romp then you just learned something new. People have their own faiths and I respect each one. Thats why I call this the Holiday Season in my eyes. Yes it's mainly based around the Christian holiday as that is what happens after centuries of celebrating it, but there are more then just Christmas at this time of year if you were to look.
Anyways sorry I haven't posted pretty much at all this week, even though I have the week off, I've been rather busy decorating the outside of my house......and debating when I want to throw on the heater this year, I mean it's not to cold out, well not as cold as other places in the states, but still chilly enough in the mornings to where I want to put it on lol. More then likely I'll throw it on next week.
So basically here is what I've done: Sunday I took all the light totes and the mechanical deer sleigh and snowman out of my shed in the backyard. Tested them they were all working....at the time. I was like cool, I'll leave this till Monday. Here are a couple of pics before everything was setup.
Now keep in mind that is only the deer and other crap, all the lights themselves that go on the house around the yard etc....those are in 3 separate totes that I already tested (not pictured.)
Anyways Monday comes I was like this should be easy since everything is working. Get the icicle lights up, plug them in working. Get what I call the large border lights up...plug them in a strand is out....FRACK! Gro through that strand. every bulb is working, replace the fuse, still not on....DAMNIT....got one of my extra colored strands out of it's box (I pick up extra lights at the end of the season since they go on sale cheap)I'll just say that even after testing lights on Sunday and making sure they were ALL working lights were out lol It pissed me off, but I just used all the extra I had bought the previous year. Here is the finished front yard as of Monday night.
So the lights are up and ready to be turned on Thanksgiving night, then they stay off till December 1st. Usually it's a race between me and the lesbians in the cul-de-sac across the street, but unfortunately the one that does the decorations in front of their house her partner died earlier this year so she hasn't gotten them up yet. Beavis and I are more then likely going to go over there next week and ask if she wants either help to put them up or if she would like us to do it for her. We were talking about it while drinking a couple of weeks ago, and we keep mentioning it to each other. Figured it would be a nice gesture. Beavis will usually put his up near the mid of December.
Thats about it for now, I will write more later, just didn't want anyone that actually reads my blog to think I died.....btw the 7 animated deer outside my house are looking at me funny.......