Outdoor Christmas Decorations: Arizona Style

Day 4 of Fun in the Sun with My Mom

Living my life on the East Coast in a state where we celebrate all four seasons (that would be Spring Summer, Fall and Winter for those of you who might live somewhere other than where I do in New Jersey), I’m finding it really cool to see how a desert area of our good old U.S of A. decorates for Christmas; in New Jersey, it’s freezing cold and often snowy at Christmas so I’m used to Santas, reindeer and a myriad of Christmas decor that “shows well” in cold conditions.  Late today with temps hovering in the 70s and dressed in shorts, t shirt and flip flops (unlike the residents who are dressed in pants and sweaters), I took a walk up the street where my Mom lives in Sun City, AZ. And, yes, I did see many “traditional” East Coast-style Christmas decorations. You know, the twinkly lights along the roofline, the wreath on the front door. That sort of decorating style is what I’d expect to see, being from the East Coast and all.

Pretty standard decorating style, albeit with a rock front yard.

When I switched direction and walked down the street where my Mom lives I saw a whole ‘nother style of outdoor Christmas décor.





Since we don’t have cactus surviving our Jersey winters I’ve never seen this:

I have never seen anything like this Christmas "shrub." Have you?

Or this:

These characters made me laugh out loud. I mean really!!

The décor was desert-style Christmas all the way. And I laughed out loud at the sheer innovativeness of the designs: simple, but oh so effective.

I just wouldn’t want to have to un-decorate these yards after Christmas. I hate prickly shrubs! And cactus? Forgettaboutit.

Would you?

P.S. For those interested in our shopping exploits, Mom purchased a preowned Broyhill dining room table and four caned-backed chairs this afternoon. We were in Estate Resale, a shop close to her home, when she spotted the creamy-colored set and fell in love with it. A family in-law was quickly called and we loaded the set onto his pickup truck. While Mom scrubbed the set super clean, I finished hanging a bunch of pictures on the walls, bound her new mudroom carpet, prepped some large pots for her to plant herbs in come January and re-arranged some more furniture.

Mom's new dining set. She loves it. (Hey. Take a look at the pictures hung on the wall. I did massive math calculations and hung them! My husband Mike would be proud, I hope.

And, yes, my friends, I am finally worn out. I wing my way back to Jersey tomorrow.

Mom said she missed her daily naps during my visit, but is happy to report that she has truly settled in and will be residing in this wonderful home for at least another year or so. We’ve had a lot of fun together and she’s already planning the projects for my next visit!

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