Thumbs up or thumbs down? That is the question.
Well, with all the various festivities going on, it’s difficult not to be pointing thumbs upward. There are tree lightings, parades, the wonderful annual drive-thru at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and more.
Heck, did you notice the cool LED trio of Christmas trees Uptown? It’s a great location for holiday selfies and videos. You can even add music and it’ll seem as though the lights are dancing to your favorites. With one exception. If you play “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” there is a good chance the lights will go dark until you leave. OK, maybe not. But don’t try it.
It’s been a while since we’ve issued a thumbs down. Sadly, this joyous season is also a time when the less-than-honest get particularly busy. That one gift — maybe two — you had to order online and had shipped to your house? Yeah, there are folks out there patrolling the neighborhoods, and they’re not in search of award-winning decorated yards. They’re the ultimate Grinches and they could not care less about whose Christmas they’re ruining. You’d be wise to take delivery elsewhere if you’re going to be away from home during the day.
And there are the ones who look for those opportunities to rip you off in the parking lot as you shop. The age-old cautions yet apply. Watch your surroundings as you enter and exit the mall and shopping centers. Lock gifts in the trunk or use the SUV’s cargo cover. Load your items, get in your auto and move to another parking space elsewhere in the parking lot. Sure, it takes a few extra minutes and you might have farther to walk, but anyone eyeing your loot might give up on you, thinking you’ve headed out for good.
OK, let’s end this on a high note by giving a thumbs up to all you festive folks who are decking the halls, hanging the balls, stringing the tree lights, planning silent nights, wrapping up the gifts, setting aside rifts, filling stockings with treats, setting table with eats and remembering the reason for this holiday season.