Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Christmas joy along US Highway 14 December 22, 2020

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The joy of Christmas banners McNeilus Steel, Inc., Dodge Center, Minnesota.

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS SEND a message, lift spirits, bring joy. This year, more than ever.

Santa and his reindeer fly across the side of a McNeilus building.

I appreciate every homeowner, every city, every church, every nonprofit and every business that takes the time and effort to create Christmas joy via festive decorations.

McNeilus, a 70-plus-year-old family-owned business centered in Dodge Center, has four locations.

McNeilus Steel, Inc., headquartered in Dodge Center, uses its sprawling complex of buildings as a canvas for holiday art.

More holiday joy at McNeilus.

I photographed the company’s holiday decorations recently while traveling along US Highway 14. The business sits right next to the busy highway. I had to focus and shoot quickly from the passenger seat as the decorations flashed past our van.

Stretching along another building, more Christmas decor.

What a gift from this family-owned full-line steel distributor and processor to the thousands of motorists who pass by daily.

Another view of Santa and his reindeer.

During a year that’s challenged and stretched us in so many ways due to COVID-19, I’m grateful for scenes like these that share the Christmas spirit in such a visual, public way.

TELL ME: Have you spotted holiday decorations that bring you an added measure of joy this Christmas? I’d like to hear.

© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

 

12 Responses to “Christmas joy along US Highway 14”

  1. I hope you shared your link with that Company as I am sure they will be thrilled that you noticed. Thanks for sharing with the larger International audience.😊

  2. So COOL & FESTIVE – Made My Day!!! Coming back in the evenings and seeing all the lights and decorations just brightens your whole being. Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

  3. Susan Ready Says:

    I love how you are able to find simple joys and the prevailing holiday spirit just traveling along a highway road.
    Merry Christmas to you.

  4. Jackie Hemmer Says:

    I have seen this in years past…pretty festive for sure.


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