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The Voice - Student Newspaper

Exaggerated decorations plague neighborhoods

By Marcus Burrell
Reporter, The VOICE

Christmas right around the corner, you know what that means: gaudy, tacky, overly done Christmas decorations.

Year after year homes compete for the title of "ugliest decorated house of the entire season."

Having some decorations up is nice but there is a time when it goes too far. There is a difference between nicely decorated and just awful, although that line is very blurry.

Nativity scenes, Santa and Mrs. Claus, reindeer in the yard, individually would be ideal, but in the same front yard is a little too much. What happened to just some lights across the roof of your house and maybe a few in the yard?

I guess the time for simplicity is dead and gone.

It has been replaced with just plain ugliness.

I think that the madness should stop. It's getting to be a nationwide epidemic, and it needs to end. Lights that could be a potential fire hazard where is the elegance?

Where is the simplicity?

Not everything has to be over done. Not every yard needs to be covered in horrid decorations. It's been said "less is more" and that applies most definitely in this situation.

People say, "I'm just getting into the Christmas Spirit" but you can get into the Christmas spirit without having to worry about blowing a fuse due to the various electrical hazards from all those lights.

Maybe there will be a time where people will grow tired of these tacky decorations and go back to the simplicity of Christmas decorations. Until then we'll just have to endure more horrendous decorations after another.

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