You can find them if you look for them, even in the last week of February. Like the house in Snyder with a huge, fully lit Christmas tree in the front window. Or the yard in Lockport with a plastic Santa and, across the street, a large grapevine angel complete with trumpet. There they stand going on three months, a little weather-beaten but festive just the same. Like Charles Dickens’ ghost, these holiday left-behinds conjure up memories of Christmas past. It’s easy to assume that these decorations were left outside while their owners wait for good weather in order to take them down, but doesn’t it feel better to think that these folks are just doing their part to help keep the Christmas spirit alive for as long as possible?
At this time of year, when holiday confusion is so prevalent, it’s not the leftover Valentine’s Day hearts in the windows or the pre-mature shamrocks on the doors that make us stop and take notice. It’s those forgotten angels, Santas and strings of lights that get a response from most people.
Christmas spirit is a delicacy consumed all in one sitting. We work through our entire stash in one month, leaving us high and dry for the other 11. With the novelty of snow long since expired, and the festive feeling of family get-togethers, office parties and mall excursions a thing of the past, it’s hard to hold on to that Christmas-y feeling . And not everyone wants to, either. But for those Christmas die-hards who try to keep the warm and fuzzies all year long, these holiday leftovers are a welcome sight, a happy little accident to be stumbled upon while out running Easter errands. The sight of a plastic reindeer on someone’s roof (there is one in Clarence) or a sign still advertising Christmas trees in front of a local business (check out West Seneca) is enough to bring a smile to some, a shake of the head to others. No matter what the reaction, everyone seems to have one.
Give your opinion about the Christmas remains still on display in your neighborhood. Do you embrace them as reminders of the season or do you catch yourself wanting to yell “lazy!” as you drive by? Leave your comments below!