Friday, December 13, 2013

My Holiday Mischief!

Christmas, 2013

Christmas, 2011
Although most of our neighbors are friendly, helpful and considerate of one another, we have a next-door-neighbor family who are quite reserved and keep to themselves to a high degree. This baffles those of us who are more gregarious,  but we respect their privacy.  At the bottom of their porch steps they have two lion statues, which I amusingly consider a bit ostentatious for our neighborhood.  Six years ago, in the dead of night,  I tied two huge red ribbons around the lions' necks.  The year after that I placed two green Christmas wreaths over the lions' heads and around their necks.  Not a word was said to us but to their credit, the middle-of-the-night secret offerings remained for the season.  Another year I hung red garlands around the lions' necks. One year I waited too long so they attached the green wreaths before I had a chance to devise something new.  But, AHA, the next year I visited Goodwill where  I found two red Santa Claus hats that I attached at 4 am--a very late night is necessary to avoid detection because of their very bright yard light.  I thought the red antlers were particularly fetching this season.  Don't you?! Perhaps I'll add another season. . .Easter maybe?

26 comments:

  1. The holiday spirit is so strong that even stone lions are swept up in the season.

    Your late night/very early morning visits to these lions might be exposed by footprints in the snow.

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    1. Compacted snow on the street and driveway leave no evidence!!

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  2. You do know hoe to be neighbourly :-)

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  3. Don't they see your footsteps in the snow?

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  4. You made me smile...OK, I giggled. I approve heartily of your playfulness.

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  5. I like the antlers, a perfect fit. Like Dave, I am wondering if the footprints will be a clue to who the fun neighbor is.

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  6. oh i love this post! i wish i was your neighbor! how fun!

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  7. Here's Kate acting her shoe size and not her age. God for her!

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  8. I love it! You are ever so clever!

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  9. i am loving this! obviously they have a good attitude about it, too - even adding 'leftover' embellishments if you're not speedy enough.

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  10. It would be funny if the neighbors somehow returned the favor! :)

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  11. un lion beaucoup moins effrayant

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  12. That is sooo wonderful! Like an elf visiting in the night.

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  13. Perfect! I would be waiting anxiously every year for the elvish visit if I were them.

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  14. This tickles me no end and I vote for Easter embellishments, too. Well done, Kate!

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  15. Younare a bit of a scamp Ms Kate !

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  16. I believe you have started a Christmas tradition. I bet the reserved neighbors enjoy your antics.

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  17. Oh boy!

    Aslan is not amused!

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    1. Who or what is Aslan. I do not understand your comment!

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  18. What William said! ;-) But I must say you have more nerve than I do. However, we did decorate our own lion that way a few years back: http://webcroft.blogspot.com/2006/12/lion-with-antlers.html

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  19. You are too funny.

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  20. Great idea, Kate! A few days ago I celebrated my 80th birthday with all my neighbours! It was great!
    Thank you for your comment.Last week I couldn't write on my blog as I was on holiday. I am back for a few days but have to organize a lot before leaving for Australia.
    I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
    Wil, ABCW Team

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  21. Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall and be able to overhear their conversation after you've performed the deed?

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