And so the negotiation begins. If you see a mushroom cloud forming over Camino de Christmas in Wildwood, just take cover, but save some nog for me. We, the people of old stoic ways, begin the holiday season with a checklist. Fully flocked, partial flock or no fluffy at all? Artificial or from Mother Nature’s garden? Pink, turquoise or Day-Glo green? Long needles or short ones? Fully fat or Charlie Brownstyle? White lights, colored lights, drippy lights or sparklers?