Thursday, March 18, 2010

March Madness

In the past week or so (probably because all of the snow piles have FINALLY melted), I've been noticing that quite a few people still have their outdoor Christmas lights up.

This isn't very unusual. Living in a city where the exterior of the house disappears behind snow from January-March, many people wait until warmer weather to take down their lights.

No, what bothers me is that they're still TURNING THEM ON. It's the middle of March! I can definitely understand waiting until the end of January/early February to take down the Christmas decorations. Winter can be so cold and bleak after the holidays, and I also like to maintain some semblance of holiday cheer for as long as possible.

But it's March. The weather is warming up, early Spring flowers are poking through the ground, buds are on the trees. We don't need holiday cheer anymore! We have Spring.

Stop turning on your holiday snowflake lights or red and green bushes. Even better, go out this weekend (when it's in the balmy 50s) and take them down.


Anonymous said...


I was just thinking this while driving yesterday!! I passed some lawn candy canes. Faded, listing, sad little lawn candy canes. (today's March 27th!) I thought a good reality sitcom would be Friendly Neighbor, a random person (or ME) who stops over to these houses and cheerfully announces that they're (I'm!) here to help them in their time of crisis. OBVIOUSLY they have had some debillitating personal crisis which has prevented them from doing the simplest of tasks. and "That's okay, Citizen! No need to thank me!" I think people would be very pissed. I'd wave emphatically, like an excited idiot, and drive away laughing....

Andrea said...

Haha! This reminds me of when my dad vowed one year for Lent to help people take down their Christmas lights that were still sadly hanging from their porches. Yet he may have worded it more like he wanted to "rip those damn lights down and hope to never see them again!"

M. Lubbers said...

Anon (aka my sister): I like the show idea! It's kinda Trigger Happy meets reality home improvement. I'd watch it!

Andrea: Maybe you should do this next Lent, in honor of your father:)