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Extreme Christmas decoration culture

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An example of the extent homes go to for Christmas. Photo credit to James Wheeler on Unsplash, Creative Commons.

Single families and people buy hundreds to thousands of dollars worth of decorations, lights, and aesthetics every year in time for the Christmas season.

 

When driving down suburban areas of Bettendorf, one might be advised to take a look on the lawns of several homeowners and see the massive behemoths of snowmen and Santa inflatables, the rows upon rows of fluorescent rainbow lights, and the forests of false Christmas trees littering the lawn.

 

At a glance, it might seem like a fun way to get in the holiday spirit and embrace the culture of Christmas, but these decorations send these people back hundreds to thousands of dollars for these seasonal treats, so the question must be asked on how far they are willing to go?

 

Some might settle for Christmas lights above the house, while others spend hours to days building these fortifications of decorations on their property “Oh we love our little Santa helicopter, it is fully inflated to about 5 feet and has this cute little motor which spins it round and round each year, really goes along great with our 5 other inflatables” states Christmas enthusiast Lisa Hegland about her decorations.

 

It is obvious people are genuinely willing to go the extra mile for these elaborate decorations, but what drives them to spend the money and take the time?

 

Most consider it valuable time with family and friends that they only get to experience once a year, to fully embrace the season of joy and whimsical wonder through Christmas. “We started doing it when Bryson and Addie were 2 and 6, getting my husband out there with the kids to try and hang our funny little guys out there was always a challenge, but once he caved in it was a treat to see them out there working so hard as a family, and I would always be ecstatic to bring them their refreshments of hot coco whenever they took a break” adds Hegland on why she chooses to decorate every year. 

 

These decorations can bring joy to the families involved, but what about those who choose not to indulge in the Christmas spirit and even those who see these decorations as a target to wreak havoc on and destroy?

 

There have been several cases of holiday decorations either being purposefully damaged and deflated in the process, multiple crushed bushes, and covering which rack up in expenses that not all can afford. “Some hooligan thought it would be funny to sneak out and midnight and stab all of our inflatable Santa toys out on my yard, each was about seventy dollars and count that for four of them, and now I’m down nearly three hundred dollars in decorations” solemnly puts victim of vandalization Susan Burda on her destroyed decorations.

 

With the risks these people are taking for such extreme decorations, the question finally remains: is this all worth the possible damages and thousands of dollars spent for just a few weeks worth of decorations? Or do the culture and traditions passed down by families make this all worth it?

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Aedan Burkhart, Photo Manager
As of 2023-2024, Aedan Burkhart is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and works as the photo manager of the Spartan Shield. He deeply enjoys cooking whether it be for himself or his family and friends, and is always looking for new recipes and meals to try out. When he’s not cooking at home, you can usually find him out playing dek hockey at the Crow Creek Park in the D6 dek league. In order to fund his usual activities and hobbies, Aedan is currently employed at the Chick Fil a branch at the Northpark Mall, where he is actively striving for employee of the month for that 50 cent pay raise. And if he isn’t currently working hard cooking, working, or playing, he also loves going out to malls and lunches with his friends to spend all of his hard earned money. But last and certainly not least, Aedan will also now find himself busy with helping to manage the legendary Spartan Shield newspaper!  
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