For many families, decorating for the holidays is a time-honored tradition. Sometimes that tradition has been handed down by previous jolly generations; other times, tradition is born new and rolled out for future generations’ delight.
For Brinkoetter client, Patrick Jones, decorating his home for Christmas provides a bridge between the holidays he remembers from his own childhood, to the childhood he is creating for his children today.
“Growing up, my family was always very into Christmas and decorating. I think for me, decorating our home is a big part of readying ourselves for the holidays.”
According to Patrick, he and his neighbors have enjoyed a friendly competition over the years in an effort to out-bright one another. “This all began years and years ago,” laughs Patrick. “Today, our neighborhood has grown to be a welcoming destination for families who come out to see our lights. Decorating together, as a neighborhood, is part of the fun. We all give each other a hand.”
Patrick describes the joy in adding new decorative elements year after year, be it interesting new bulbs or a fresh wreath.
When I asked Patrick why all the effort - what motivates him to make his home the brightest, most welcoming home on the block - he replied, “My dad loved Christmas. He always worked hard to make it special for me and my family. He passed away 10 years ago and I think decorating my own home, bringing joy to my own family, friends and neighbors, helps me feel close to my father.”
His advice to others looking to ‘up’ their holiday decorating game? “Watch for good weather, start your decorating early, and get the rooftop done BEFORE you crack open the beer.”
Cheers to you, Patrick!
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