Last year — when I was browsing Christmas decorations — I found this awesome snowman light pole cover. One of my neighbors had one and I had been envying it every year since we moved in. I wanted to buy it last year when I found it, but Jim and I have a rule that we only buy either one large Christmas decoration per year (large meaning big or pricey) or a few small things (like garland or stockings) and I had already blown the budget buying our silver tree.
This year when it came time to add a new decoration to the Retro Ranch — the snowman light pole cover came to live with us. I purchased it on black friday, when it was $10 off — which is still pricey for what it is (three pieces of plastic) but I’m already loving it.
I was a little unhappy when I realized my vintage pole was not as big in circumference as the pole this snowman was meant to sit on — like most everything else, new light poles must be bigger than the 1960s version. I rigged it to stay straight with some hunks of foam, but I’m racking my brain for a better solution. Any ideas?
I also put out the oversized Christmas light yard stakes that were my Christmas splurge two years ago. (Note: yes there is still a live plant in my outdoor planter! I have not watered it or done anything to it since the end of October, and we had a week of very cold (in the teens) temperatures, but it is still green and happy looking so I don’t have the heart to rip him out of the planter yet.)
Once darkness fell — around 4:30 these days — I dashed outside to take some photos…
That’s our new snowman decoration Leo…
You’re right Leo…I guess it is a bit weird.
In fact it was nearly 60 degrees today. We walked Leo without coats on. With temperatures like this, I’m guessing no white Christmas again this year. Bummer.
At least I have Mr. Snowman smiling back at me — and everyone who passes by… (he has a face on both sides!)
…it is hard not to feel jolly when there’s a giant, glowing, happy snowman in your front yard.