My last blog post was kind of mean so I decided to "Lighten up, Francis" in the immortal words from that classic holiday film, Stripes.
Up on a high balcony it is a bit harder to get in the Christmas spirit. So this year I bought some lights and strung them up on the balcony. We also bought a smaller tree to fit in our smaller living room.
To refer to another over-familiar comedy, it ain't exactly the Griswolds, but it is a start.