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 Grinches Who Stole Christmas

Humor Blue1Moon
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In Monte Sereno, Cal., Bonnie and Alan Aerts used to decorate for the holidays in a big way. The wonderland they created for the past six years included a surfing Santa, carol-singing mannequins, and giant candy canes. They even hired a security guard to direct traffic, because of the approximately 1,500 nightly visitors driving by to see the display. This year, however, there are no Santas or holiday lights, instead you will find...

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a ten foot tall motorized Grinch statue pointing to the house across the street!

Despite having hired the security guard, neighbors, Le and Susan Nguyen, were still unhappy and felt that the Aerts had turned their quiet neighborhood into a “Disneyesque nightmare.” “We wake up to Christmas for about 45 days a year,” says Le, age 55. Last year the Nguyens collected 90 signatures from city residents protesting the display. The mayor, Erin Garner, felt that the display provided a community service. However, the city council voted to require a permit for any display that lasted longer than three days!

After reviewing the application process, Mr. Aerts decided it wasn’t worth the aggravation. So instead, he commissioned the building of a $2,500 motorized Grinch, standing ten-feet tall, complete with green fuzz, red eyeballs, waving arms, and steam emissions, as it belts out “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

One wonders if the Nguyens are any happier, I am sure there are thousands of visitors that will greatly miss the old display. However I think Bonnie and Alan got the last laugh, and I bet some of their drive-by visitors will be laughing too.

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