once halloween has passed each year, we all begin to speculate about what our neighbor bret will cook up for his christmas display. by all, i mean the various friends and students who come and go at my house, where, from across the street, we own the best seats on the block for viewing his efforts.
and now i’ve got the blog hooked on it too—several weeks in advance, i start getting hopeful email and comments, asking if i’ll be sharing photos of bret’s decorations this year.
and the answer is of course i will—it is a much-anticipated blog event and i wouldn’t miss it for the world.
and so, without further ado, i bring you
bret’s christmas house, 2010.
i really do think he’s outdone himself this year.
with such a blaze of light, i had no problem getting clear, well-lit shots within the twenty or so feet between the sidewalk and his front door.
i like to pick a route through the maze of colorful figures and lighted objects, then explore every square foot on either side of my path so as not to miss a thing. this time, i started at the walk to the front door
where i had a panoramic view across the whole front plot
i took a left just before hitting the stoop and there i found a trio of impish elves, climbing up to the porch from the elf bus, which just pulled up from the north pole
these are new this year, crafted by bret during the break between november 1 and december 15th. they are life-sized, i think—i’m not really sure how big elves are, but these seem about right.
just past the elves, a few reindeer can be found grazing amid bret’s planting beds
(i found these fascinating—they are made from the same sort of fuzzy stuff a doormat is made of, but longer and it’s such an effective treatment)
hmm, reindeer and elves . . . that could only mean one thing—an even MORE notable personage cannot be far away. and sure enough, when i look up to my right
there’s santa in all his glory. and not just any santa either—he’s a dancing santa. he is set in motion by movements across the porch.
the kids just love him.
obviously, bret thinks very highly of santa—he’s wreathed with so many lights, garlands and hand-crafted wood ornaments, it’s a wonder he’s not camera shy. like deer in the headlights, i can hardly take my eyes off him.
but eventually i do, only to discover that further on, there is more. a candy cane lane surrounds this blue tree of lights with snowmen looking on from afar
and at the very corner, this lovely mama reindeer and her little baby stand guard over the southerly entrance (you can come into the yard from either direction)
one last look over my shoulder and off i go—i knew you were waiting for some last minute holiday cheer, from my street to yours.
ps: i finished my knitting at 2am this morning and put the final stitches and steaming on it at 3 pm today, with plenty of time to wrap and place it under the tree before david got up—i told you he was a late sleeper, haha.
i’ll show you blow-by-blow photos of the last minute rush tomorrow—now it’s time to open our gifts!