Walking Isn’t Boring, Part 3: Holiday Decorations

General note: This series of entries is inspired by the idea that walking in even the most ordinary of places can be interesting.

For some of the people close to me, I am not the most fun person to be around during the holiday season. For whatever reason, I do not get that excited about many of the holiday traditions that most people love, and I am not a fan of the shopping excess that is a huge focus of the American holiday season. This year, though, I find I am actually looking forward to something that comes along with the holidays, that being all of the decorations that people put on their porches and in their front yards and on their rooftops.

Over the weekend, I noticed the first of the pumpkins and cardboard Halloween decorations. Those will be followed by gourds, turkeys, and other Thanksgiving and harvest decorations, and then the Christmas lights and displays, menorahs for Hanukkah, and paper snowflakes (yes, even in California) and other winter decor. What most interests me most is finding the unique personal expression that goes into holiday decorations. This display for instance, found last year in a front yard in Berkeley, featured lots of reindeer, lights, and … a frog figurine?

Photo by Joe Reifer

I am not the only walker who has been noticing the holiday displays. Ron, who recently started a blog about walking the streets of Fort Bragg, California, found a scary Halloween display at a house that already seemed haunted during the rest of the year. If you are interested in learning more about the Mendocino Coast town of Fort Bragg (not to be confused with the military town of Fort Bragg, North Carolina), be sure to check out Ron’s blog!


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