There is a divide out there. And people seem to be quite adamant about their stance. Are you pro lights-and-blowup snow globes-and-"santa land here"-and glowing candy canes? Are you a "white lights only"? Are you anti-outdoor decorations as a whole?
There isn't much encouragement to express yourself here in the 'Shire. Our houses are all various shades of khaki, our bushes are trimmed, lawns mowed, and lots zeroscaped. We don't find it amusing when people paint their homes a non-approved color or leave their commercial vehicles on the street. I find it refreshing that the middle managers, engineers, high school teachers, generally anal retentives, and stay at home moms of the suburbs are stepping out of their "fear of HOA" shells and doing it up a bit.
For example, we have the Griswold's living across the street. There is a Santa landing strip, a few "featurettes" including frosty and the nativity and lots and lots of multi colored lights. At first glance, you may think, "fabulous, there goes the neighborhood and our real estate comps." However, during this time of year I say "you can either be a Griswold or a Todd and Margo!"
I chose Griswold!
Merry Christmas! Where's the Tylenol!?
Peace (on earth) Out,