Christmas decorations at my house take five minutes to put up. Outside: plug in the robot reindeer on the porch, put the wreath on the mailbox. Inside: put the non-robot reindeer by the window, hang the tree. Last year it looked like this. (For a moment, anyway.)
This year the inside is just too cluttered for me to pull off last year's deception, when I tidied things up for just for the photo. The clutter has won.
So, I got creative. The one non-robot reindeer is now perched over the stairwell, standing on the leaf of my dining table that just happens to fit the span of the basement steps.
He might not look as good with the tree hung in front of him, or perhaps he’ll look even more festive.