Yes, it's true: Americans do
go nuts over decorating for Christmas. Not all of them, but a large proportion of houses have some sort of outdoors decoration. Most decorate the house and/or garden with lights; some have illuminated or inflatable figures outside. As always with Christmas here, themes tend to be secular rather than spiritual: lots of deer, Santa Clauses, a smattering of Grinch
es, but not many Nativities.
And there are clusters of houses which go all-out
, either in competion or as a community activity. The lights in Vista San Ramon
are the most impressive locally; very busy before Christmas, particularly on December 18th when they light the streets with luminaries, but we went on the Tuesday after Christmas and had the streets pretty much to ourselves.