November 21, 2011

Scarecrow and Mrs. Rotting Pumpkin

I can tell Christmas coming.  The catalogues all change, the lights are slowly going up around the neighborhood, and I have a couple of pumpkins that are rotting on my front doorstep.

She has seen better days
My wife has a huge issue with the way I decorate the house.  Well I should say not the way I decorate, but how long it actually takes me to take things down or throw things out.  She has threatened me in the past with divorce over such things, and says that we are the laughing stock of the entire neighborhood.  With my son Tyler now in the second grade, she fears he will be picked on because I try to spread holiday cheer as long as possible.  I say if I can make at least one person smile as they drive past our house, who cares what everyone else thinks.

When did we get to the point where we concerned ourselves over what Tom and Judy from down the street think of us?

Is this really so bad?
One year I had our outside Christmas lights up until sometime around Mothers Day.  Maybe that was a little much but I liked them.  I liked being different than everybody else.  Where I live the lights go up right around Christmas and EVERYONE takes them down the week after New Years.  One month of holiday lights just doesn't seem enough to me.  Why not leave them up a little longer, is there really harm in that?  You see, my lights I like to consider winter season lights.  They look like a giant pair of candy canes on the front pillars of my house.  Last I knew we didn't stop eating candy canes right after Christmas, heck I have had them in July before.

So after Christmas is done I like to think that they are Valentines Day lights.  Why not, they are red and white, I have seen people put heart shaped lights in front of their houses, whats wrong with two giant candy canes?  I have even thought about adding a green light to the mix, that way we can just leave them up until St. Patrick's Day!  Maybe even add a blue blue on in and have them up for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, how cool would that be?  We would definitely be the talk of the neighborhood.

But my wife thinks for the wrong reasons.

As if there are actually people sitting in their homes holding parties and laughing at the Willeys down the block.  I say screw you Stooges, they are my lights and I am keeping them up all year this year!  At least until the divorce papers are filed.

That reminds me I should probably go get that scarecrow and those rotting pumpkins though they are looking a little funky.



John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?

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14 comments:

  1. Hey, awesome. It's great on this side of the fence. ;) I gave up worrying about what others think years ago. And apologizing for who I am. It's a wonderful life, eh? ;)

    PS: the pumpkin does look like he might could be in a little pain, lol.

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  2. Hahaha we have a few rotting pumpkins out front, although we did get rid of the jack-o-lanterns. I like your lights idea. Maybe just get every color of the rainbow up there. Cover all your bases!

    Please feel free to link up your... decorations... to my Make Yourself Monday blog hop!

    Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

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  3. My Xmas lights have been up for 4 years! Eventually my wife just accepted that they weren't coming down. I'm afraid of heights so once they're up, they stay up. It's not so bad because it's winter up here for most of the year.

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  4. A rainbow of colors?! I like it but I think people might the wrong idea... Not that there's anything wrong with that ;-)

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  5. I am so with you. I think the winter nights are so long and dark that the world could use a little more light. They shouldn't be considered "holiday lights" so much as "flipping the bird to winter" lights?

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  6. I am totally telling that to my wife! Think about it after the New Year it's just dark and cold until the end of March. Why shouldn't I have these lights up?! It warms all of us!

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  7. Time for some pumpkin euthanasia, man.

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  8. They found a better home smashed behind the fence in my backyard.

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  9. LOL I always call mine party lights! I want to always be ready for parties! There are plenty of places that have lights up on patios year round.... I love them! Especially funky ones like dragonflies!

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  10. Thanks for joining in Make Yourself Monday!!

    Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

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  11. I gave you an award! It's in today's post.

    Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

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  12. Ooooo, you're one of THOSE people!:-D This must be a guy thing. I'm one of those people when I drive past a house in March and the lights are still turned on or decorations are still set up and lit I say out loud "TAKE THE DECOR DOWN!". It just looks stupid.

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  13. You are not alone my friend. Here in MN people leave their lights up year round! OR they go up before the first snow flies (hopefully) and don't come down until our big thaw! =) I may or may not have had pumpkins that look like the sad one above.

    ~Mimi

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  14. Fine. The lights can stay up, Mr. festive. But they will be changed to pink and purple come February 1st.

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