These are our Halloween decorations. Yes, you’re seeing it correctly: it’s just the two things, a witch and a lighted pumpkin. When, oh when, did our family’s holiday decorating abilities deteriorate all the way down to a level of indifference? I have no idea. I feel like a complete Scrooge when it comes to holiday decorating. To me, it’s just one more thing to add to our to-do list, and one more thing to clean up when the holiday is over. Besides, I don’t like clutter. We generate enough of that without holidays! Truthiness be told, we are just so dang busy that by the time I remember there’s a holiday coming up, it’s the day before said holiday*.

I don’t even think we went overboard with decorating when the kids were little. We had some of those clingy decorations that stick to windows, and I always hung the cute things they created at school, and at Halloween the boys always carved pumpkins with Jim. But the last few years? Ugh. Nobody wants to bother. I hope that someday my kids will marry women who can look beyond what will obviously be a deficit in “holiday decoratia” (I just made that word up! If Steven Colbert can do it, can’t I?) and see the other fabulous traits they possess.

But I’ve gotta go. Halloween is tomorrow and I’ve got to get some candy!

*Except for Hanukkah. Once I started collecting menorahs, it got out of hand and we felt guilty not displaying them each year. I should get decorating points for that…right???


  • Jules

    Woof. That is pitiful. If it makes you feel better, though, you have 2 more decorations up than I do!

    My neighbor, the guy who walks his cat on a leash has TONS of decorations up, and they all scare the shit out of me. He has one of those stupid caged witches hanging from the balcony that squaks and yells and cackles whenever someone walks by. I totally want to take a baseball bat to that thing. Also, there is a LOVELY scarecrow (lifesize) hanging from his door.

  • Kat

    Happy Halloween Melisa. I feel you. I am the same when it comes to decorating. I love decorating but I forget or am too busy or lazy to put it up. I usually feel bad and put something up a day or two before the actual holiday. That half-assed approach on decorating is really pathetic but I don’t care and so far nobody’s been complaining.

  • Melisa

    Julie: I think you SHOULD take a baseball bat to that thing. Do it today; he’ll think a teenager did it. (Do you want me to send D over to do it? LOL He’d LOVE to do something like that)

    Kat: At least nobody is complaining about your half-assed decorating habits. I forgot to mention in my post where the title came from. Each time I drive up to the house with D, my 15 year old, he looks at the two decorations and says, “That is just pitiful. We shouldn’t have done anything at all.” At times like that I have to go into my Happy Place and think of the OTHER areas where I excel as a parent. LOL