Brutal winter leaves Christmas on display into spring - WNEM TV 5

Brutal winter leaves Christmas on display into spring

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BRIDGEPORT, MI (WNEM) -

If you still have twinkle lights and Santa Claus outside your home, you are not alone.

Extreme cold and several winter storms have made it difficult, even dangerous to take down Christmas decorations.

"It's too cold," said Anna Mayer, a Bridgeport resident. "It's dangerous to get up on our roof and take them down. I know we still have them up yet, on our roof and on our barns."

You've heard of Christmas in July, but unless the weather takes a turn for the warm, it could be Christmas all year long.

In Bridgeport, LED snowflakes line the Dixie Highway. The bridge is also lit up with twinkle lights, a wreath and garland. The township supervisor explained he doesn't expect to take them down any time soon.

"They're snowflakes, so not like Christmas in that respect," said Augie Tausend, Bridgeport township supervisor, "It's not like we've got reindeer out there or something. But as soon as the weather breaks, we'll take them down."

Technology is working in the town's favor. The fact that the lights are LED and not traditional warm bulbs, they don't cost very much to keep lit through the late winter months. Some residents wondered if they were paying for the lights still being up.

"It's so cold out there, nobody wants to go pull that stuff down, not right now," said Bridgeport resident Gary Noel, "Probably wait until it gets a little warmer, and they'll remove the decorations."

Many residents through town say they don't mind the decorations because even though it's past the holidays, the lights still make the town look pretty.

"But I like seeing them," said Bridgeport resident, Yolanda Ramirez. "Cause it's filling in with the winter, making it still feel like it's Christmasy and kinda spirity."

So, even though it's far past Valentines Day, there is no need to be dreaming of a White Christmas, because we are still Walking in a Winter Wonderland.

Unless a warm-up happens soon, it looks like Easter could be celebrated with Santa Claus on many resident's front lawns.

Even on slightly warmer days like today, high winds make it too dangerous to climb ladders to remove lights. And many lawn decorations are frozen to the ground.

So for now, it looks like Santa can stick around for another day. 

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