Lucky for me some of my favorite things for Christmas are free. I love the atmosphere, and putting up the decorations that I already own, and seeing decorations around town. I have noticed that this is another year of skimpy decorations in town. You can thank the economy for that. I've limited my decorating somewhat to be cost effective but I still do it. For the first time ever we don't have the green spiral Christmas trees on the light posts all through the city. This is probably due to budget cuts but it doesn't seem the same without them. This is a lesson we all have to learn in these times. We have to make do with less even at Christmas.