We decorated a restaurant yesterday. I won't post photos of it because it is rather ordinary looking, and the interior is so dark that good photos are hard to come by. The parent company chose decorations in their home state years ago and there is little budget for additions or refurbishments to the old garlands and table-top trees. I fully expect some of them to fall apart the next time we take them out of the storage boxes.
People are rather crazed about Christmas this year, and it seems to be coming earlier than usual. I just saw some stats on the news about the amount of the average purchase on black Friday - and it made me glad that I worked that day and didn't spend that (or any) amount of money. We are drawing in our belts this year, throughout the family. We drew names at Thanksgiving and as a result, I will be buying 2-4 presents rather than 10-12. That really helps the old budget, dontcha' know?
I am also giving up Christmas cards. At the current postage rate, sending more than a few would be prohibitive anyway. I used to love sending cards to people whom I don't see often, and writing a newsy note inside. But it seems that cards have gotten so impersonal over the last few years, and cards with printed names inside and no personal note are so cold as to be insulting. Why bother? And don't get me started about those bragging Christmas letters masquerading as family news. Luckily, we only get a few of those each year. I think if the people who write them knew how much derision they cause they wouldn't send them to us any longer. (Say....that gives me an idea.....LOL)
Have you given up sending cards too?