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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Traditions: Front Porch Pumpkins

Christmas traditions can be wonderful, conjuring up memories of happy times together with friends and family. They can also be stressful, piling up into to-do list items a mile long. The key to the successful tradition is to find the right ratio of enjoyment to effort.

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.
And then there were lights in 2010.
In 2011, she took it up a notch with this little crowd. Their song sheets are for "Silent Night," in case you can't tell.
2012 arrived all tied up in ribbons and bows.
 And just when we couldn't imagine what could happen for 2013...
Seriously, y'all -- that's eight tiny pumpkin reindeer led by a pumpkin Rudolph and pulling a pumpkin Santa's sleigh and his bag of toys. That one we had to bring inside to display on the table because it's just too cute. (And yes, the middle-schooler in me laughs every time my kids say "Look at the HO on the front steps!")

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.

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