November 27, 2007

The 12′ [Inflatable] Snowmen

“It’s a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be,” says Deann Young, admiring a 12-foot, inflatable snow globe anchored to her front yard off Rogers Street.

She laughs and looks to her neighbor’s yard, pointing out a similar inflatable snow globe, only half the size, with three snowmen incased in a plastic bubble, small white flakes powdering the interior, with the words “Let It Snow” draped across the front.

“I just wanted one like his,” she says while taking a break from hanging lights around her house with the help of her neighbor, Steve Minor.

Steve has showcased a colorful display every winter for several years.

“I do it for my grandkids,” he says. “They love it.”

Just a couple of days into decorating, white icicle lights, an inflatable penguin holding a candy cane and the snow globe are most noticeable.

“I’m just getting started,” says Steve, proudly acknowledging he usually has the most decorated house on his street.

Steve makes final adjustments to the lights above Deann’s front doorway and returns his ladder over the chain link fence separating the two houses.

Deann smiles.