― In an effort to "think on these things" which are lovely, we have come up with a few reasons it’s not so bad to be far from the familiar during the holiday season. ∙ 1. DECOR. Our less-than-spectacular Christmas decorations seem really festive here. Few homes use more than an outdoor manger scene, so rather than seem like we’re the Charlie-Brown wannabes, our 3 strands of lights and stockings on the mantle seem really decorative. I don’t have the gift of artistic design, so this [...].