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It's Spring - Turn Off Your Christmas Lights!

Updated on March 28, 2013
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Ho, Ho, NOOOO!!!

It is March right now as I write this. It is the end of March, to be exact. It is spring. Spring is a wonderful time for birds chirping, warm weather, and flowers blooming. Guess what doesn't belong in the springtime? Your Christmas lights!

Everyday I see a Christmas lights. Yes, let me restate this... it is the end of March. I can be a good sport about people leaving lights around their homes up all year long. I understand, you had to drag out that tall ladder, you almost fell off the roof, and you practically got frostbite while nailing that crap all around your house. So sure, keep that up all year long. All I ask is for you not to light it. Do you know why I ask this? It is not Christmas anymore! Deal with it! Seek therapy if you need to, but turn off your Christmas lights.

You see, one might consider me a bit of a scrooge during the holiday season. I am not a big fan of Christmas, but I tolerate it. I even tolerate you overly zealous Christmas fans showing off your Christmas lights in January. However, some of you are taking it too far. I've been a good sport for months about your decorations, but now it is spring.

I love spring. You are ruining my happiness with your freaking blinking Santa on the front lawn. Surely you have a nice shed for Santa. It is time to accept that winter is over. Deal with it. The same way Christmas fans preach to me to be a good sport, the same goes for you. It is spring and let me enjoy it. You had your turn; now give me mine.

Everybody's Doing It

I am not sure when it became a thing to keep Christmas lights and decorations on year round, but I am seeing it more and more. I don't mind one or two of you doing it. Sure, I'd come to accept the crazy old lady down the street that talks to chipmunks and wears her robe to Food Lion is going to keep that Frosty the Snowman display up and running for the whole year. That is fine. It is the rest of you I am concerned about.

I've seen some of you. You go to work. Your children look happy and go to school each day. You have a nice puppy in the backyard. It doesn't seem like you belong to some strange Christmas cult. There is nothing going on that is weird at your place that I can tell... except each night, for some reason, you feel the need to turn on twinkling Christmas lights. Why, oh why, are you doing this? What could possibly inspire this type of behavior? And why did you turn on all the animated reindeer, too?

First of all, I don't know how some of you afford this type of activity. I can barely afford the electric bill to run one string of lights for two weeks. How on earth, and most importantly, why on earth are you lighting these Christmas decorations every single night? It is March... 3 months after Christmas!

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Get Excited About Other Holidays

What you may not realize, my dear Christmas decoration loving readers, is there are other holidays that can be fun, too. Perhaps if you have red Christmas lights, yes, you can light those for Valentine's Day. Maybe if you have green Christmas lights, you can use those lights for St. Patrick's Day. That is about as far as you can take it though. You know what you can do instead? Embrace other holidays!

Yes, there is a whole world out there full of decorations for every holiday! You can take down Santa and replace him with the Easter Bunny. You can put adorable Easter eggs all over your yard! You could put leprechauns all around your house for St. Patrick's Day. You can put flags all over the place for Memorial Day. There is so much you can do without wearing out your Christmas decorations.

Don't get me wrong, I really don't want to pry in your business. However, when I see all your decorations each night, it does intrude on my life. This is especially the case when it is a number of neighbors doing it. Two or more wrongs do not make a right! I am trying to help you. I am concerned for you and your well being. It is time to move on. It is time for you to let Christmas go. You can do it! It will be coming back in December again like always soon enough.


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am still seeing some Christmas lights up again this year... and some even lit! In all fairness, here it is the end of March and the snow is still falling. I guess it does not feel like spring to most people.

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    vandynegl 

    6 years ago from Ohio Valley

    I feel your pain! It was February this year and I drove past houses with their Christmas trees still up! I don't get it! Ours went down on New Year's eve. We spend nearly an entire month with it up....that's enough!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    You are right... the pattern is starting all over again this year, too. People just won't take down those decorations!

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    Becki Rizzuti 

    6 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

    It's not March yet this year, but I've been seeing a lot of Christmas decorations still up in the area where I live and it's really ridiculous. I personally enjoy them in the two weeks or so before the holiday but there's no reason to leave them up year-round!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hooray! Good bye candy canes, hello warm weather. :-)

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    Cat 

    7 years ago from New York

    Ha ha ha, well, like overalls with one strap in the 90's... it is a fashion trend that I refuse to follow!

    I am happy to report my forecast this week is calling for 60's! Looks like those candy canes will be coming down and hopefully the winter coat will go away for good!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, the winter coat and sandals look is not in style... yet! Maybe with the weird weather we are having, it will be all the rage this year.

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    Cat 

    7 years ago from New York

    I'm so jealous! I can't wait to have a reason to get my sandals out! I'd probably look a little funny with sandals and a winter coat :-)

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    It's coming soon! It is finally warm in Maryland. I had so missed my sandals.

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    Cat 

    7 years ago from New York

    Trust me, I head my hang in shame walking from my porch to my car...

    I really can't wait for beautiful weather though! I'm dying to enjoy the sun and replace my candy canes with wind chimes :-)

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    That is OK, if it is snowing, it gives you a free pass for a while. I hope it gets warm soon!

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    Cat 

    7 years ago from New York

    Jeannieinabottle,

    Would you believe I woke up to snow this morning?! I'll still try to get out there and take them down, now that you made me all self-conscious about it ;-)

    Thanks!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Cantuhearmescream - Hahaha... at least it is starting to finally get warm now. Those candy canes can come down. I was just looking at a house yesterday that has tulips blooming and Christmas icicle lights dangling over them. Sigh. Thanks for the votes and for the comment!

    Glimmer Twin Fan - Oh yes, the wreaths really start to annoy me in the spring. I am still seeing wreaths, too, and they need to come down. Thanks so much for checking out my hub!

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    Claudia Mitchell 

    7 years ago

    Right on the money with this one. Also, take down the ratty wreaths that are now being used by the birds as nests. This was a very funny hub.

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    Cat 

    7 years ago from New York

    Jeannieinabottle,

    I have always thought that Christmas decorations look tacky with blooming flowers. I have to admit, despite being halfway into April, I still have some red bows and 3 feet candy canes outside. I don't have any lights though. I have taken down all of my inside Christmas decorations... but I live in New York; it's cold! When I don't have to wear my snow coat outside I will be more than happy to take down the rest of my Christmas decorations :-) I'm still running my pellet stove!

    This was very cute! Voted up and funny!

    Cat

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, that is true. It is a real benefit to the "year round decoration" folks... they don't need to find storage for decorations and they don't have to work to put it back up. Thanks for your comment!

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    Patricia Scott 

    7 years ago from North Central Florida

    O my..yes we have them in our neighborhood too. The good news for them is, when it is time to decorate for the holidays, they will have NO work to do except maybe to replace a burned out bulb or a reindeer's antler.

    Thanks for sharing this

    Sending Angles your way today :) ps

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    randomcreative - It is not so much the lights that disturb me, but the really obvious Christmas lights like Santa lights are just too much. I think they are pretty - in the winter - but must go away now. Thanks for your comment.

    Cogerson - Uh-oh! I will try not to hold it against you. :-) I can't take the cold weather for much longer. I am going to be really happy when warm weather finally arrives. Thanks for checking out my hub and thanks for your comment!

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    UltimateMovieRankings 

    7 years ago from Virginia

    Thanks for the reminder I know I was forgetting to do something....but in all fairness the extreme cold weather that our area has experienced makes it easy to forget to take down those Xmas lights....our poor Xmas tree only had a few brown bristles left anyway.

    Good to see that you are still bringing some serious laughs and humors to your hubs...thanks for a fun hub.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Year round Christmas lights are rampant in our neighborhood, too, as well as other Christmas decorations such as lawn ornaments. I absolutely adore Christmas decorations, but I'm all about embracing the season, too. It's time to rock spring!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hahaha... the reindeer can stay then. If all the houses look the same, naturally some reindeer will help the situation. I recommend a nice bunny for Easter and a giant pumpkin for Halloween. That just says "classy" to the rest of your neighbors. :-) Thanks for checking out my hub.

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    drbj and sherry 

    7 years ago from south Florida

    Oh ... OK, I'll take down my Christmas lights, Jeannie, if you insist. But the sleigh on the roof with the reindeer stays - it adds a homey touch and it's the only way I can recognize my home from all the other lookalike houses on the block.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    MJennifer - Wow, the Christmas lights are bad enough, but the giant Santa is just unacceptable. People need to let Christmas go. I know it is pain taking stuff down, but perhaps the warm weather will make the task more inviting. :-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

    Cathy Fidelibus - That flag sounds very sad now. It is rather unpatriotic not to take down a faded flag, too... even if it is made with lights. I hope Old Glory gets replaced soon, at the very least. Thank you for your comment!

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    Ms. Immortal 

    7 years ago from NJ

    Very fun and funny read. I know what you mean. I know someone that has had the American Flag in lights on their front porch now for 5 years. Old Glory is now faded and pretty much colorless but he still turns it on Christmas or not.

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    Marcy J. Miller 

    7 years ago from Arizona

    You are SO right, Jeannie! We have several year-round-Christmas light types in our 'hood. Some not far from here still display the 20-foot-tall inflata-Santa. Are they trying to terrorize the Easter bunny? As for me, lights down by January 1st. It just seems wrong to start the new year with dust settling on the trappings of the old. Great hub! Keep 'em coming ... someone MUST enforce social order!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    RealHousewife - Hahaha... finding out the daycare center has the lights up still makes it even better. But... umm... sorry. That must have been embarrassing. It will be funny one day though.

    FlourishAnyway - Yes, it is time to give up the dream. This is especially the case for those of us that want to enjoy the spring... and the warm weather if it ever happens.

    Angela Kane - Yes, they are pretty in December. Anything beyond that is a bit much. I certainly don't need to see them in March, that is for sure.

    Thanks for your comments!

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    Angela Kane 

    7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

    I totally agree, I love seeing them in November and December, but after that, I think they should be put away.

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    FlourishAnyway 

    7 years ago from USA

    Love it! Funny and I couldn't agree more. Our decorations come down the day after Xmas like clockwork. Give up the dream, people. It's one day a year.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I was so embarrassed:) lol Especially since the daycare still had lights up around the building! Guess that is why Laurel asked but jeeze girl - my face got all red and hot.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    RealHousewife - I wonder where she got that from? Hahaha... kids really do say some crazy things. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    carol7777 - Thanks for being on the same page with me on this one. :-)

    DeborahNeyens - As long as you are not turning them on anymore, it is OK. :-) And I could never hate you anyway.

    thebiologyofleah - You are so right about the wreaths! I keep seeing them in my apartment building. It would be nice if they had some spring greetings on their doors, but nope.

    Lady Guinevere - Oh-uh, you are one of them!!! Hehe. Just kidding. If the lights are generic, like just white, I think that is OK. I am talking about the obviously colorful Christmas lights. At any rate, it is nice that they light the pathway well. :-)

    Gypsy48 - Oh yes, I have more than enough of Christmas by the time it finally ends. I take them down before New Year's Day.

    Thanks everyone for the comments!

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    That is hilarious! Jeannie when my oldest was in day care I picked her up one hot July day and the director called me into her office to have a chat...I was nervous bc I knew my girl had to have done something! So she takes me back and says, "you daughter asked me what a hoosier was today?" ...hmmm, "Oh?" I wait...she says, "so I asked her what do YOU think a hoosier is?" and Laurel told her, "you know those people that still have their Christmas lights up!"

    LMAO!!!!!

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    Gypsy48 

    7 years ago

    I'm with you on this topic. I take down all of my Christmas decorations the day after Christmas. I've had enough by then.

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    Debra Allen 

    7 years ago from West By God

    Uhhh I beg to differ with the Christmas lights. I use them as lights to light my path to my deck, back steps and front entranceway.

    Spring NEEDS to come though. I really dislike Winter.

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    Leah Kennedy-Jangraw 

    7 years ago from Massachusetts

    Great hub- I totally agree. About a month ago I posted on my facebook page about people needing to come to grips with reality and accept that Christmas is over and take the wreath off of their cars. When the wreath turns orange it is time to remove it.

    As a New Englander I for one and ready to embrace spring!

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    Deborah Neyens 

    7 years ago from Iowa

    Too funny! I was just telling my mom this morning that I need to take down the outdoor lights in my crabapple tree before the robins try to build a nest in it, but there's still too much snow around the tree to get to them. So at least I have a good excuse. I haven't turned them on since early January, however, so don't hate me. : )

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    carol stanley 

    7 years ago from Arizona

    So true and I still see a few occasionally. Well written as always.

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