Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Still in the Christmas spirit February 12, 2015

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I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED if leaving outdoor Christmas decorations outside until spring is a cold weather state phenomenon.

A snippet of the Christmas decorations on the Butler property.

A snippet of the Christmas decorations on the Butler property.

On a brief drive through Medford, Minnesota, Sunday afternoon on my way to a Chili Cook-off at Trinity Lutheran Church, I spotted a corner yard decorated as if Christmas, rather than Valentine’s Day, was only six days away.

The homemade decorations are my favorite.

The homemade decorations are my favorite.

Candy canes, penguins, mice, reindeer, elves, tipsy angels, carolers and more staked out spots in the snow.

Another view.

Decorations are both secular and religious.

The scene appeared chaotic with no cohesive theme. But who cares? I’m sure Garrett Butler takes great pleasure in sharing his Christmas love, as he’s done these displays for some 30 years. And I expect the people of Medford thoroughly enjoy his holiday lawn ornament collection.

My favorite decoration in the Butler yard.

My favorite decoration in the Butler yard.

But back to my original thought. Is it common in your part of the country for folks to leave Christmas holiday decorations in place until spring?

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29 Responses to “Still in the Christmas spirit”

  1. KerryCan Says:

    I’m in very-most-upstate New York–a cold weather spot, for sure– and we don’t see much of this at all. People leave their lights up but not the other decorations. Still, this guy obviously goes to a lot of work–if I were him, I’d leave the decorations up, too!

  2. At about 1:00 in this video, you’ll get your answer for us Southern “Redneck Women.” Hee Haw!

  3. Dan Traun Says:

    It must be that it is too chilly to tear it all down; however, we have had some unseasonably warm days post Christmas holiday.

  4. treadlemusic Says:

    I noticed that many around here are still in view but I think it depends more on how “frozen in” they are. Many disappeared during a recent warm spell which gave rise to that thought!

  5. Beth Ann Says:

    In our neighborhood the decorations are taken down promptly in January—no lingering, no hesitation at all. They disappear and are tucked away until next year. I still have a few snowmen out inside my house but they are more winter themed than Christmas themed after all. But time to put those away as well. Maybe spring will come once I put them away?

  6. Almost Iowa Says:

    It is hit and miss around here. There is one thing worthy of note though. A gargoyle lives in the front yard of a home in Blooming Prairie and every holiday, its owner dresses it in festive attire.

    • Now that would be worth a trip to Blooming Prairie. Any hint as to where in Blooming Prairie this gargoyle might be seen?

      Any other interesting places to visit (besides the antique shop along the highway with all the taxidermied birds) in BP? I need a day trip sometime soon.

  7. Jackie Says:

    Seems like some “neighborhoods” in Rochester keep their lights up all winter, I love driving down those lit-up streets, it’s so pretty and festive 🙂

  8. Well, thank God that there are still people out there like the Butlers, who still rejoice in the spirit and meaning of Christmas and who have not fallen victim to the “political correctness” that has become so pervasive in this country.. I say “MERRY CHRISTMAS” to the Butler family..

  9. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Yes, I even have neighbors who don’t take lights down in the spring.

  10. hotlyspiced Says:

    Those decorations are gorgeous. Really cute. We take down our decorations around New Year’s Day as we can’t leave them out for too long because of the weather. Being the height of summer and living in a hot climate and having so many hours of sunshine, if we didn’t bring them in and pack them away, they would all fade and need to be replaced the following year! So our decisions are caused by our climate xx

  11. You are making me cold, Audrey! Nice to hear from you. I walked into my husband’s business yesterday, pulled pine Christmas wreath off the door and hurled it over into the dumpster all in one big farm-girl move. LOL I’m all for moving on, at least by mid February with the decorations. It’s almost spring:)


  12. Thread crazy Says:

    This year I had to wait until after New Year’s to take mine down as it was too cold and ugly outside. I have to agree with previous statement, as we can’t keep lights up outside all year round due to the hot summers. Some individuals have and they are totally faded from the heat. Still, some people leave theirs up!

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