Christmas Traditions-Treeing Someone’s Home Is A Bad Idea.

Since we have turned the corner on another Halloween (yawn) it is time to gear up for Christmas.  (I’m sorry, I meant “Holiday Season” or “Winter Break”-this is the subject of a future post).  I ran across an article today that reminded me of my youth.  Apparently in Springfield, Oregon, some people were just bored enough to come up with this great idea:

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A number of gnomes have taken sanctuary at the Springfield police station.

Somebody apparently collected 75 lawn ornaments from around town and then, on the night of Oct. 17, placed them meticulously on and around the lawn of one house. Among the plastic and porcelain geese, deer and frogs are gnomes, such as a weather gnome outfitted with a rain gauge. Police want to find the rightful owners. “We need to get them out of here,” Capt. Richard Harrison said. “Every time I leave my office they’re sitting in my chair, working on my computer. I can’t seem to get rid of the darn things.” There will be a public viewing Tuesday. “If they come here and they can identify it,” Harrison said, “we’re more than happy to let the gnome go home.” After that the gnomes, and any other ornaments, will be sold at auction.

When I was in my last 2 years of high school and maybe first 2 years of college, a group of my friends (David, Ryan, David, Steve and others) got together on the first night of the New Year that was followed by a trash morning and set out on an exciting adventure.  See, that is the night that most people place their Christmas tree outside for trash pickup.  My father had a large Ford Pickup truck so we thought we would do the community a favor.  We chose a couple or 5 houses occupied by people that we may have not been particularly fond of and we set out on our mission.

We would start about midnight, load up the truck with trees from around the neighborhood and set out for the first house on our list.

We would then place the trees all over the yard of the house we had chosen.  Usually coming back multiple times until the yard was a virtual Holiday Forest.  The trees would meticulously be placed upright, which sometimes required “planting” the tree if it did not have a sturdy base.  When we were done it would be a masterpiece to behold.

Occasionally, the owner of the house would wake up–at least once we were chased through the neighborhood by the owner who I suppose was going to open up a can of Whoop ___ on us if he ever reached us.  We were ready though.  We always kept 2 or 3 trees in the back for such a time as that so that we could throw them overboard on the road to stop our pursuer.

I am telling this story because the statute of limitations has run and I can no longer be prosecuted for these “crimes.”    As fun as it was though, in retrospect, it seems like a bad idea. 

Although, in the scheme of things, which is dumber–treeing a house or:

1. Voting a witch into the White House? 

2. Reading American taboids and believeing them?

3. Allowing our Country to become part of the Evil Empire?

4. Or Having this Horrific Sculpture in your Living Room? 

Guess I’ll be treeing again this winter.


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13 Comments on “Christmas Traditions-Treeing Someone’s Home Is A Bad Idea.”

  1. hhangel Says:

    My younger sister did something similar to a friend, She had expressed how much she loves my sister’s pink flamingo in her yard. So my sister went on to Ebay and purchased about 50 in bulk. The night of her friend’s birthday she went out at midnight and put the 50 on her front lawn. She loved her flock but her neighbors were a little peeved.

  2. mklasing Says:

    That is funny. One year, at one of the houses the owner came out unexpectedly swinging a broom handle–we were darn lucky to make it back to the truck and speed away–but not before we had deposited 40 lovely trees in his yard.

  3. […] mklasing created an interesting post today on Christmas Traditions-Treeing Someoneâs Home Is A Bad Idea..Here’s a short outline:Since we have turned the corner on another Halloween (yawn) it is time to gear up for Christmas. (I’m sorry, I meant “Holiday Season” or “Winter Break”-this is the subject of a future post). I ran across an article today that reminded … […]

  4. David Says:

    I do not have a recollection of those events – especially related to special handling of the flocked trees 😉


  5. mklasing Says:

    Notice there are some “Davids” in the story–but I’m sure this is not one of them…

    It’s okay-we can talk about it now–the abductions I would still keep quiet until the next X-Files movie comes out, but the trees-okay to talk about the trees. It’s time.


  6. hhangel Says:

    I am runnng for Town Council as a R in a town that was R for 100+ years and in the last year the Council turned to a D majority. If we can swing this election on Tues, we could bring it back.

    Wish us luck!!

  7. hhangel Says:

    The Republican Ticket won and we have the majority again! Now we can get things done finally after a couple of years Democrat nonesense.

    Look at Hasbrouck Heights.

  8. mklasing Says:

    Congrats!!! That is awesome. Hopefully you won’t have to reverse too many socialist policies that were put in motion. Hasbrouck Heights is better for it–I have no doubt!


  9. Funny.

    Very funny.


  10. mklasing Says:

    Sad thing about this story–it is completely true!


  11. music Says:

    very interesting.
    i’m adding in RSS Reader

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