Views of the Neighborhood – Holiday Home Decoration

Well, here we are on the last Sunday before Christmas. This means we need to tour the neighborhood to view the holiday decorations. The Producer and I previewed the decorations and selected the final choices. There were nine categories of the display. The tenth is one for you to describe and is at the end of the post. We are doing some hot chocolate on the bus because, believe it or not, it is cold outside. We found some suggested combos for the chocolate, so all the makings are available for you to make your own. Our entertainment is She and Him. (Don’t miss this one)

Menu suggestions.

Picture of an old time school bus

So get on, and let’s go.

The first category is Best Mailbox Display – Perfect Texas tie-in.

The Second category is the Best Use of a Vehicle.

Next is Best Traditional Display

The Fourth is Best Candy Cane Display. This is the Lakeway police station.

The Fifth is Best Runway Light Display

The Sixth is the Most Overdone Inflatable Display. Can you count them?

The Seventh is The Best Crossover Holiday Display.

The Eighth is The Best Cultural Display.

The Ninth is the Best Completely Over the Top Display.

And finally, here is the one that you choose the category. Just let us know in the comments.

So that is our tour. Time to relax and enjoy the music and hot chocolate. Wishing you a terrific week

 

 

90 comments

  1. The last one? That’s clearly part of the “Waiting for Real Winter to Arrive” display!

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    1. Good one Linda. Thanks.😁

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  2. Best Frosty Family Display category? ⛄️

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    1. Winner, winner. Banana dinner. 😁

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  3. The Best I drank a 12-pack of VooDoo Ranger while decorating and forgot how to spell Christmas.
    Thanks for the tour, John!

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  4. Best Snowman Display? Seems like a fairly simple one there. Love the crossover.

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    1. Yeah the crossover is quite a display.

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  5. My guess is the best snowman display. You hit the jackpot with that video. Thanks!!

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    1. Thanks, Darlene. I thought it was a cute one.

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  6. AH-mazing decorations. Love the hot cocoa bar. ❀

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    1. Make you want to get some doesn’t it? Thanks, Annette.

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  7. Best Snowman Estranged from His Snow Kids?

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  8. You definitely have me stumped today – your neighborhood has done such a great job that it is impossible to pick a favorite!!
    MERRY CHEISTMAS TO ALL!! πŸŽ€

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    1. Thank you, GP. Merry Christmas to you.

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  9. People romanticize snow at Christmas time, but I’ve had too many winters and I much rather see decorations somewhere warm and sunny like in your pictures.

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    1. We are definitely snow adverse here. We got six inches in 2021 and damn near killed us all. Thanks, Phil.

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      1. Lol at the 6 inches. When you watch football and see the Buffalo Bills games where people are throwing snowballs, that’s the area I’m in.

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      2. I know. We are weenies.

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  10. Wow, no great titles springing to mind, but I must say, that unconventional display is unreal!

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    1. Ha ha ha. It sure is, Lori. Thanks.

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  11. Wonderful as always, John! I loved each picture, but I have to admit, my favorite is the armadillo in the Santa hat! Too cute!! (I’m not even going to try to compete with the caption suggestions for the snowman display. I need more Earl Grey first!)

    Thanks for the smiles, and Merry Christmas to ALL!! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„πŸ˜Š

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. 😊

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  12. I choose Best Snowmen Waiting for the Bus up North display.

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    1. You get a blue ribbon for that one.

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      1. I’ll wear it to work like a sash. Thanks.

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  13. Wow! Your neighborhood sure does Christmas up right, John! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Tim. Merry Christmas to you.

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  14. John,
    Nice song. I’m not a fan of dressing up animals but those dogs were very cute.
    My son and wife took their kids (4, 6, 7 & 9) on a ride to see lights. Some were just amazing. Check your text. Feel free to share. Amazing.
    Merry Christmas !!

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    1. Talk about over the top. Those videos were amazing. Thanks.

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  15. Wow! Some of those homes are eye-dazzling. We are the only ones with any decorative lights not on the house (we hung some icicles that drip colors on a tree out front). As for the hot chocolate menu, wow again! Another 1000 calories but so good!

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    1. At least 1000 Noelle. But once a year can’t hurt.

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      1. Saving it all for Christmas dinner!

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  16. The She & Him video is an absolute classic. If you are wondering where I am later on, I will be at the Hot Cocoa Bar having every single one of those toppings and additions…except the adult beverages because I gotta drive home. Your comment about the six inches of snow in 2021 damn near killing you all made me lol!

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    1. Call Uber and go ahead with the adult. You can get your car tomorrow.

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  17. Thanks for the hot chocolate w/ a dash of the Bailey’s to warm the insides! Loved the displays, and I have to go with Coldhandboyack’s category for the last one! The pups in the video melted my heart. Thanks for a fun Sunday morning tour, John!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Jill. Always fun to get out and see the lights.

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  18. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    My favorite or best snowman display! Great tour and that selection of hot chocolate had my mouth watering. Here I thought we were branching out with white hot chocolate that I picked up…lol.

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    1. Hot white Chocolate. Hmmmm

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  19. Some of those displays are really spectacular!

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    1. They are. We really enjoyed them this year.

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  20. fab tour.. too cute!
    πŸ’ž

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. Glad you came along. 😊

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      1. you’re so welcome .. your books are wrapped under the tree! πŸ™πŸΌ

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  21. What a fun hot cocoa bar! Love all the decorations, but the crossover may be my favorite. Talk about thinking out of the box, or else being too lazy to take down Halloween. πŸ™‚

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    1. They actually do Halloween all year long. So the Christmas stuff is an add-on. Thanks, Jan

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  22. These are all great choices. I like the more simple and subtle ones too. I would call the last one Best Lighted Snowmen. Simple, I know. Thanks for the hot chocolate – cold here too! Have a good week, John!

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  23. What a clever neighborhood you live in, John! I’ve got to say those decorations are impressive. As for the snowmen, I’ve got nothing (but I find myself wondering where the “Christmas” part of their message went!). The dog video is priceless — getting that many pups to play dress-up and submit to photographs is a talent. Monk doesn’t do dress-up. He doesn’t know what he’s missing!

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  24. 2022 would be forever known as the year the Snowpeople invaded Earth. *cue X-Files theme music*

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  25. Love the Christmadillo.

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    1. He is very cute, for sure. He is an all-holiday armadillo. They outfit him to match the season. Thanks for the comment, Mitch.

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  26. I love that old red truck very much.

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  27. The “Frostiest” category?

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    1. There you go. The best entry.

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  28. Dear John, thank you for the delicious hot chocolate! I find the eight one is the most interesting. At the same one the house with skeletons looks very creative. Indeed, why to keep all this beauty in the pantry? πŸ™‚ πŸŽ„πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ»πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

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    1. I know might as well put it out on the lawn. 🀣

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  29. I LOVE the one with the armadillo. Pure Texas. Incidentally, my husband and I drove around last night to see Christmas lights. We didn’t listen to traditional Christmas music, but a mix of favorite country songs. At one point, we had Jerry Jeff Walker singing Gary P. Nunn’s “London Homesick Blues.” That would have been perfect for the mailbox display!

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    1. It would have, Joan. Thanks for sharing the story.

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  30. The best impersonation of the Holy Family by snowpeople. I’ll have plain hot chocolate with a touch of peppermint schnapps…maybe a touch of whipped cream.

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    1. Good one, Dan. Sounds like a good hot chocolate.

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  31. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    They’re all great, but I think my favorite was Best Use of a Vehicle.

    The Winter Wonderland video is hilarious. I wonder what is going on in the dogs’ brains when they see Mom and Dad pulling out new outfits. 🀣

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    1. I wonder too. Thanks, Pete.

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  32. Your neighborhood looks beautiful and festive. I loved the armadillo in the Santa cap!

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    1. I think that was everyone’s favorite.

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  33. Oh boy. They are some decorations. Shine Bright Snowman Family!
    I love She and Him. Zooey Deschanel has the coolest voice out there. And those pugs are mighty patient, tell you what!

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    1. They are the best. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. My pleasure, John.

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  34. I’ll take my hot chocolate with Hershey’s kisses and kahlua. I’m liking the crossover display. There’s a house around here that does something similar but on a smaller scale.

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    1. These guys keep the Halloween stuff up all year. Always brings a smile.

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  35. Love the list. Merry anything we want it to be for #10. But don’t forget a shot of Bailey’s in my hot chocolate. πŸ™‚ Happy holidays John. πŸ™‚

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    1. You got it. Happy Holidays, Debby.

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      1. You too John πŸ™‚

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  36. Delightful!

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