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I've Got The Spirit

It might be time to finally take this down.

In my defense, at least I can say I don't have a plastic Santa Clause and his reindeer still on my roof.

The wind blew those off a few months ago.

Homeownership: It's not just about picking up dog poop and unclogging toilets.


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Reader Comments (45)

"And I keep my Christmas wreath up/on my front door all year long..." :-)

At least you got all the use out of it you could, and a little bit more besides!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreenEyedLilo

hahaha. that's awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMommyNamedApril

There's a certain kind of rustic charm about the various shades of brown, no?

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLady Estrogen

Love it!! We just took down the garland on our front porch this past Saturday :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I don't know, there's still a little green there on that one spot.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJosefina

Best dead wreath ever

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhabanerogal

Guess that means I should take the tree out of the living room, eh?

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Lovely shades of brown you have going on there... didn't they say that neutrals were all the rage this season? :)

My darling Has-been took down the lights out front yesterday. Next to go will be the snowflakes in the family room window. (Maybe then Spring will truly arrive in Michigan!)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhyllis

Why take it down - you're just going to put it back up in another 6 months anyway.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlceel

we had our christmas lights up all year last year. we were those people.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaggie may

Now, if it had a little ribbon on it saying "Merry Christmas 2009"... THAT would be impressive.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTwoBusy

Its not? Ha... Wait. I don't even pick up dog poop. I just make them go in the woods. Is that bad? No one taught me proper homeowner etiquette.

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May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen at Cabin Fever

Nah, it will be "vintage" by the time December rolls around! ;) xo

For Christmas, my parents offered to buy us a lawn service. I tried to negotiate maid services, but they wouldn't budge. Something about what the neighbors think and blah blah.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Haha Ours might have looked the same if we didn't move recently. Your such a good sport! Luckily we are without dog and his poop.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAugmentedGem

If you'd had running water the entire winter this would be in much better shape *g*

Now I don't feel so bad about taking down my snow man door hanger when the tulips were blooming

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNeeroc

I love the candy cane holding on for dear life.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

My neighbors two houses down have Halloween decals on their windows, fake Easter Bunnies in their yard, Christmas lights (from at least three years ago) and a very sad, dingy American flag from last 4th of July on their porch. I think you're good.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIssa

Ha Ha! I just put our sleds away yesterday;P

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Is that candy cane still good?

And my tree is still up. It's not a LIVE tree or anything. That'd be a fire hazard....

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJules


May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVDog

Why on earth would you take it down? It'll have to go back up right away, so you may as well leave it.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I love the candy cane... Looks lonely, perhaps the others were eaten long ago?

Oh & I have you beat, threw out five huge squash (Fall Decor) from my front yard last week. I'm one season behind you!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVickie

I think you are still a bit ahead of the point where you might as well leave it up for next year. But it is kind of brown I guess.
Our neighbors put a huge bunch of Christmas lights up for Christmas 2009. It was amazingly beautiful but they never took them down until about the middle of October. Which made no sense at all since it was almost time to put them back up again. But they did NOT put them back up last Christmas which made me sad.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDulcibella

I'm ashamed to admit I have a pine garland above my mirror in the hall bathroom. I took down all my Christmas decorations in one day, and once I had all the boxes packed and put away neatly I noticed the garland. I’m leaving it up, it’s almost Christmas anyway, right?

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAZ

Reminds me of taking down the Christmas lights in June when I was a kid. Homeownership means you can leave whatever the hell you want hanging wherever the hell you want.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShane

It's still good, it has a tiny bit of green left, jeez.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermissy

I love you. And I mean that not in the weird stalker way, but in the I'm glad I'm not the only one way.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdale

heh. We just took down our christmas lights last weekend. In a final, "I TURNED IN MY TAXES ALREADY" exhausted sigh.

At one point you turn a corner and just know you'll have to put them up again. So what's the point?

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Flinger

LOL!! That is awesome. I had a friend growing up who's parents kept the Christmas tree in the wreck room. They never took it down. Just pushed it further into the corner & threw a sheet over it.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissy K

Meh. You've been busy with other stuff!

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

There are a lot of people, and I mean a lot of people, who leave their snow globes, their icicle lights, and all manner of plastic decorations up all year. Yours is relatively minor, although the orange branches definitely add a new element to the look.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAn Island Mom

Oh crap! I have two on my driveway posts...guess you beat me at the home decor game.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNorma Wall

We have a Homeowners' Association that threatens you if you leave decorations up past the season! Last year we got a notice because we still had two small green Christmas trees on our front porch on February 1st... they said if we didn't take them down they would come and remove them and send us a bill! Geesh!

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

My daughter's birthday was this past weekend, and along with the 10 kids came 10 parents. I speant the morning frantically unwrapping the garland from around the front porch railings. Also had to scoop up left-over rotten pumpkin that had sunk into the ground.... Oh and my husband has been using the porch to stack all of the empties since like October - so that was another frantic moment before company arrived!

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunsetMoon

I didn't mind leaving it until now though, nice warm weather vs December 22nd when we finally got them up!

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunsetMoon

We still have Christmas lights in a tree outside. Getting them down would require a ladder and preferably the husband who put them up.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

WOW-great find Marymac! Such a sad story though. I was so surprised to see the Redneck Mommy picture...I have never heard of the Attack of the 50 foot woman.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDulcibella

Put the bow on your collar and you really could have a red neck. *snort*!

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjenny

My mom kept our tree up through the end of February. She swapped out ornaments for hearts. All of our friends were jealous.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermom-mom-mom

Ha Ha Well being REDNECKED albertan we have certain standards to uphold and I indeed have you beat....we have had our long white icicle lights hanging for 2yrs.....arghhh I am utterly horrified, but I had hounded my husband to put them up 2yrs ago and now I swear he's punishing me with them! I am scared of heights so there's no way I'm going up there. Thankfully I am in a rural alberta hamlet so it actually helps us fit in a little hehe

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermycrazylife

My dear husband took our solar-powered Christmas lights down a couple of weeks ago. Our little Christmas miracle. In April. I feel your pain.

Kindred spirit here. I just took the wreath off the house this past weekend.

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobinM

My grandfather always put up green Christmas lights so that he didn't have to take them down until after St. Patrick's Day!

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaisingOrleans

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