End of an Era

Say it ain’t so! Fans of subtlety and restraint, pay no mind here. The rest of you, grieve, an era is coming to an end. Anyone who has gone up Latona between 40th and 42nd near a holiday has seen the brilliant, over the top displays of light and kitsch, but no more.

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Yep, you’re reading it right. Next Friday through Sunday, the house that lit the neighborhood, 4059 Latona Ave NE, will be selling off its lights and more.

Here’s what Christmas looked like on Latona. Pour one out.

Christmas Lights

(Thanks for the tip, Madi Carlson!)

  1. DOUG. said,

    It looks like they’re having a yard sale. Any idea if this is really the “end of an era” or just a purging of some inventory?

    Thu, August 14 at 7:57 am
  2. great googly moogly said,

    Dunno, but I’ll pour out an eggnog just in case.

    Thu, August 14 at 11:39 am
  3. Karen said,

    This family has made a lot of kids (and maybe a few grownups) happy a few times every year with that over-the-top display! I hope they know how much many kids’ eyes have lit up at that uniquely American kitschy Christmas-ness.

    Thu, August 14 at 12:28 pm
  4. JillSam said,

    Do you know this for certain? The sign just says they are having a big sale, nothing about getting rid of all of the decorations.

    Thu, August 14 at 10:24 pm
  5. boulderdrop said,

    Interesting. I’m sure their neighbors will be happy not to have all that out, months and months after a given holiday. There’s nothing uglier than plastic inflatable Xmas decorations on a bright Feb morning.

    Fri, August 15 at 2:04 pm
  6. JillSam said,

    False alarm!!! I talked to Patty and Joe, who are the home’s owners. They are just having a sale and plan on continuing to decorate for the holidays:)

    Fri, August 22 at 12:44 pm
  7. [email protected] said,

    To all of our wonderful neighbors and visitors.

    The End of an Era is not, I repeat not, here yet. We hope to continue the decorations for many more years, should the Good Lord be willing.

    Thank you to the person who left us picture postcards of our house decorations from last December. There was no name or telephone number to say thank you to, but we love the pictures.

    Thank you to the person who left a flower vase to replace the ours that someone had broken, and a big thank you to Zach our neighbor who discovered the breakage, went home, got a broom and cleaned it all up before we even knew it was broken. Thank you to Tilda for the beautiful picture she drew and gave to us.

    We leave the Christmas decorations up until after January 8th, but not until February.

    A big thank you to Bette Jingling for making the block party happen and for all of her work, that was a big undertaking.

    Thank you to all who attended our garage/yard sale this weekend.

    We will have more free cucumbers and when the tomatoes ripen we will set them out for our neighbors too, I have way too much tomato sauce in the freezer. :)

    Patty and Joe

    Sat, August 23 at 2:49 pm
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