Thursday, January 12, 2006

Take down your damned Christmas decorations! (Day 1)



Every neighborhood has one, occasionally more than one. We have one too.

Yes, it's the neighbor who won't take down his Christmas lights. Here it is, mid-January, and he hasn't taken down his lights and lawn decorations yet (and they aren't nearly as attractive as the ones pictured above--rather, they are quite tacky). It wouldn't be so bad if it was just laziness and if he left them turned off, but every night this guy turns the lights on full blast, as if it were December 23. Last year, it was well into February before this guy finally took his decorations down. This year, I have a blog, and I plan on keeping a record. I want to see if he matches or exceeds last year's record.

This guy should have taken his lights down last weekend, but I'll cut him some slack. Instead of making today Day #5, I'll make today Day #1 of the countdown: Take your damned lights down!

Now!

14 example(s) of insolence returned:


At 1/12/2006 11:24 PM, Blogger John said...

I don't think leaving decorations up is so bad. Then again I still have my (modest) lights up.

 

At 1/13/2006 12:06 AM, Blogger Nobrainer said...

They're not up from last year. They're up for this year.

If the trend of retailers says anything, then preparation for Christmas 2006 should be happening about right now.

 

At 1/13/2006 2:18 AM, Anonymous Drumsnwhistles said...

I plead guilty. Mine are still up. I like the lights in January because it gets so dark so early. It's nice to look at. I took the Christmas-related stuff down (trees, etc), but the icicle lights are still on the house.

 

At 1/13/2006 2:56 AM, Blogger Denton56 said...

My fist thought, what a curmudgeon you are! I love the lights. I wish my neighbors would leave them until we're through winter. I've often thought that it would be better to celebrate Christmas at the end of February. Then we could light the winter with these bright lights and decorations. I took down my outside lights but I am still enjoying my Tree. I take it down on MLK's birthday. But it won't be a happy time.

 

At 1/13/2006 3:48 AM, Anonymous Susang said...

Pictures! We demand evidence!

 

At 1/13/2006 5:50 AM, Blogger S8 said...

I'm with Orac. The only lights I want to see when I look out of my house are those of the Moon and the stars. Doesn't cost any money, doesn't waste resources, doesn't increase pollution; if you're religeously inclined, you can glory in the light of God's creations rather than Man's.

There again, some people think I'm weird.

 

At 1/13/2006 8:04 AM, Blogger Orac said...

"My first thought, what a curmudgeon you are!"

Hmmm. Let's see. I take my 'nym from a cranky arrogant computer from an obscure British SF series, and you're only now realizing that I'm a curmudgeon?

 

At 1/13/2006 9:11 AM, Anonymous John P said...

I am reminded by Orac's comment of something I read in "How to Want What You Have" by psychologist Timothy Miller. He mentions a person who wakes up every morning and tells himself, while looking out the window, how much he hates the color his neighbor chose to paint his house. It's a recipe for unhappiness. I honestly don't know which of my neighbors still have lights up, and I don't care. Life's too short for such worries.

 

At 1/13/2006 9:18 AM, Anonymous TheProbe said...

We Jews miraculously solved that problem centuries ago. Eight nights and back to the attic until next year. How about a gnetle hint to your community newspaper, like asking when the Christmas Decorations In July Contest will be held this year. Nobrainer's comment on the start of the next Christmas holiday season is not as far fetched as one would think. The Radio City Music Hall has their annual Christmas show, and advertising for ticket sales starts around the end of February.

 

At 1/13/2006 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the above commenter, man, some visitors to this blog take things way too seriously! This is not just in reference to the silly lights still up observation, but to many silly posts in general.

Yikes. RELAX!!

 

At 1/13/2006 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant the John P comment, the probe slipped one in before mine. sorry.

 

At 1/13/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Bronze Dog said...

My family put up the Decemberween tree (no exterior lights) on December 23, and took it all down on the 28th. And we actually had a better Decemberween this year than usual.

 

At 1/13/2006 7:33 PM, Anonymous HCN said...

Well, we unplugged the lights after the New Year. When there was a break in the rain... our modest lighst were taken down.

Our daughter wants us to put up the Christmas lights on for next Halloween with a sign saying "Happy Christmahanakwanzaa" (I don't know if I spelled that right, I'm kind of going by what she says very fast!).

 

At 1/18/2006 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unlike in the US, in Europe it is the tradition to put up Christmas decorations a day or two before Christmas Day (rather than the day after Thanksgiving) and to take them down on Twelfth Night (Epiphany).

Of course in the US, they have to come down on 12/26 to make way for the Valentine's Day decorations...

 

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