Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I bet you didn't know I was this crazy

So this is coming a bit out of left field considering that we are only five days into September but I've got something on my mind.

You know those crazy people who go all out with their outdoor Christmas/holiday decorations? When you can't even see the house past all the Xmas nonsense?

I am one of those people. Well, the urban equivalent. With far less space to work with.

And only because prize money is involved.

The management of our apartment holds an annual holiday window decorating contest for the tenants. The three best window displays are chosen and awarded a hefty (in my opinion) cash prize. I, of course, take this contest way too seriously. We've won the past four years. Every year we've lived here.

The first year we lived here we just slapped some paper snowflakes in the window without even realizing a contest was going on. We put so little thought into our decorations that we didn't even take a photo. And we won! This apparently lit a fire in me... and the next three photographs are the result.




I went all out. Like the people in those crazy holiday decorating shows on TLC. The sad part is there is no competition. Only a few other tenants play along. So I don't really need to put all this effort into the contest to win, but I don't care... It's a lot fun.

I keep switching back and forth between "we" and "I." By "we" I'm referring to my boyfriend Nate and myself. We live together so he is involved in the contest by association but that's typically as far as his involvement goes. I guess he isn't as crazy as I am. 

Last year, for the 2011 display, I had already picked out my design by August. So I'm already behind... 

What sort of display should I make this year? I'm drawing a major blank!! 


  1. Those are so cute! I think my fav. is the winter wonderland. Maybe this year you can make a gingerbread house? hahah

    1. Thank you! I like the wintery one too... I had a lot of white paper to use up : ) A gingerbread house is a great idea!!

  2. I think you should make a big mantle with stockings hanging. Make it look like its a glimpse into your living room! -Loren, your fitness guru

    1. A mantel is a good idea! I'm not sure how I'd do it though... with that big break in the center. We shall discuss this, haha.

  3. I like the one that has the el. So Chicago! - Colleen S.

    1. Thank you!! Making that little train was fun : )

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