Christmas, 2011Although most of our neighbors are friendly, helpful and considerate of one another, we have a next-door-neighbor family who are quite reserved and keep to themselves to a high degree. This baffles those of us who are more gregarious, but we respect their privacy. At the bottom of their porch steps they have two lion statues, which I amusingly consider a bit ostentatious for our neighborhood. Six years ago, in the dead of night, I tied two huge red ribbons around the lions' necks. The year after that I placed two green Christmas wreaths over the lions' heads and around their necks. Not a word was said to us but to their credit, the middle-of-the-night secret offerings remained for the season. Another year I hung red garlands around the lions' necks. One year I waited too long so they attached the green wreaths before I had a chance to devise something new. But, AHA, the next year I visited Goodwill where I found two red Santa Claus hats that I attached at 4 am--a very late night is necessary to avoid detection because of their very bright yard light. I thought the red antlers were particularly fetching this season. Don't you?! Perhaps I'll add another season. . .Easter maybe?