Can I just say that it is amazingly simple to decorate for Christmas when you've already got a nice house house to begin with? Maybe that should be criteria when you are house hunting - "will this place look good at Christmas time?" Unfortunately there are too many establishments in this part of the world that fail miserably in that area, no matter how warm or efficient they might be on the inside. My last dwelling was probably the worst offender - who pairs yellow/cream with brown trim?
It almost makes you think of yellowed teeth with food stuck in the corners. Although I was reluctant to live there, I made a brave go of it, and I think my efforts paid off in the end - at least on the inside, but the outside was irretrievably ugly and there was no getting around that. Its amazing how a little turn of events, maybe a psychopathic neighbor lurking in the shadows, could change my luck for a real aesthetic treat! And this is perfectly manageable for me, because I don't think I could handle decorating a mansion.