To the owners of the house around the corner with the over-the-top holiday decorations, I just want to say: Thank you.
Depending on one's stance on Russian election interference, border walls and fake news, this hasn't been the easiest holiday season. Then, yesterday, my children and I stumbled upon your house.
From down the block, my 4-year-old spotted the plastic reindeer leaping off your roof. Her first worried question: "Where's Rudolph?" Then, she recognized the lead reindeer's blinking red nose. She and her two-year old brother burst into an exuberant, some-words-missing version of "Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer."
They admired your giant candy canes.
They gazed lovingly at Santa.