Not only did I grow up without Christmas, but I was raised in a community where the norm was dumplings and a matinee on that quiet, snowy holiday, and thus traditions that most of this country takes for granted still strike me as intriguingly novel. I had my first cup of nog in college and hung my very first ornament a mere week ago. But nothing can match the starry-eyed fascination I experience when my neighborhood begins decorating the facades of their homes. Across the street, one giant, inflated, rotating snow globe glows frenetically, around the corner, clones of Mary hang from every window. We may not have much grass to call our own in Brooklyn, but the desire for outdoor decor manages to thrive regardless. Let your oddities take in some fresh air; it’s time for Keep It Weird to ornament its lawn.
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Michelle Traub is an editor for Etsy.