Go Ahead: Judge Your Neighbors

Everyone who truly loves Christmas also loves to see neighborhoods decked-out in true holiday spirit. As we walk/drive/sleigh through each year’s winter wonderland of lights, we see homes with decorations that fill us so full of Christmas Spirit that we could swear we are one carol away from bursting.

Every Christmas season, Heidi and I make it a point to take Harrison on a few evening walks around our neighborhood and check out the Christmas lights. A number of years ago, we started talking about the specific things we liked and the things we didn’t like about the decorations we saw, and eventually we came up with an unofficial scoring process. Well, now we have decided to make our scoring method “official” and share it with the world.

Get your free scorecard, and start judging your neighbors’ yuletide prowess tonight:

Obviously, this is meant as fun way to look at one of America’s favorite holiday past times, so don’t take it personally and come Grinchin’ to me if you see something on the deductions list that you make a yearly part of your holiday decor (sorry, but unnecessary blinkage will always be a deduction). Even my house is not a top-scorer — but we definitely don’t have many deductions.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have posted a photo of our decorated house on the DearHarrison.com Facebook page. While you’re there, why don’t you give us a “like” for Christmas?

What credit/deduction would you add to this scorecard? Leave a comment.



I love this time of year, especially seeing it through your eyes. I hope that you always love Christmas. And even though the lights and presents and snow are a blast, may you never forget that the real meaning of Christmas is infinitely more wonderful. Merry Christmas, buddy!

  • Mary @ A Teachable Mom

    While I need no additional motivation to judge others, I love this idea!! How fun and silly and perfectly genius! I’m mostly in awe of anyone who can get his/her act together enough to decorate outside, but like you, I’m not a fan of plastic lawn ornaments or blow up thingies. Great post!

    • http://DearHarrison.com/ Michael Gray

      Thanks, Mary! I’ve actually had readers who tell me that they take the scorecard and make a date out of judging their neighbors. It is a fun and harmless little thing to do. Plus it increases Christmas spirit!

  • http://twitter.com/jonathangray Jonathan Gray

    Love it.