Using that scale, my most favorite tradition is the Christmas Pumpkin. It requires almost no effort on my part -- all I have to do is not carve my Halloween pumpkins and leave them on the front porch until December -- and I get unending joy every time I look at my house.
What's a Christmas pumpkin, you ask? And how you can you get some with so little work? Well, you start by living across the street from Ms. Marty. Because the truth is that the Christmas pumpkins actually take a great deal of effort -- it's just that she's the one who makes it all happen.
It started with felt in 2009, when I accidentally left my pumpkins on the porch past Thanksgiving.
2011, she took it up a notch with this little crowd. Their song sheets are for "Silent Night," in case you can't tell.
So, to recap, in case you want to implement this tradition at home:
- Step 1: Move across the street from Marty.
- Step 2: Buy an assortment of pumpkins for Halloween. Do not buy them too early and do not carve them.
- Step 3: Wait patiently.
- Step 4: Enjoy the brilliance. Be careful not to puncture any of the pumpkins.