questionswhat is the absolute latest you have thrown out…

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Oh crap! that reminds me!

knew I was forgettin' something!

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Do they have someone in their family that is terminally ill? They may not survive long enough to see another Christmas. Or a relative that just came home from fighting in Iraq and missed Christmas? Or like you said... Christmas in July? Maybe they're tinsel testers!

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+1 @missellienc
I know several military families who do this

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My elderly neighbor has had their tree up for at least two years now. I sure hope it's a plastic tree. She has kids and grandkids that regularly visit, not sure what the deal is, but I'm imagine there's a reason.

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I managed to keep one up till June 15 a few years back. They're a lot of work to put up, and I love to have just the tree lights on in the evening.

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My In-laws have yet to take down their christmas tree. It's fake, so no changing colors going on. They keep decorating it for each holiday that comes up, let's just say that the Father's Day decorations were a little...interesting.

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I've known military families who've left the trees up (complete with gifts underneath) until the deployed family members return.

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i've seen them start getting orange patches in Dec-Jan, so yeah they turn a weird orange.
you should go ask, and report back. i want to know! just say something like "you guys had an extra Christmas this year? you should've told me, I would've decorated outside" :)

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@missellienc:, @kamikazeken:,@lavikinga: , If they are in the military, I sure hope the tree going out means that they came home safely. Now that you mention it, I have heard of families doing that, but not with a live tree.

@w00tgurl: Well, I'll try walking past the house in the evening and see if I can suss out the real story. If it is either illness or the military, I want to be a good neighbor and support them in any way I can, sometimes the best way is to just be a friendly face. By no means do I want become Gladys Kravitz. No promises though, because, although this is a very friendly neighborhood, no-one knows them yet, I asked around. It's harder because it's the other end of the street.

I was going to take a picture (with today's paper) to show the peculiar shade of almost blaze orange, but the garbage truck just took it.

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@pickypickypicky: Jeez, I hope there hasn't been a death in the family. Sometimes people can only cope with so much after that happens. I know of a certain Viking chick that didn't unpack a suitcase for 6 weeks when tragedy struck her family.

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@lavikinga: I hope not too, As much as I wrote this in a humorous manner, it did seem like a red flag.But I thought I was watching too many forensic shows, and it was just me.
They haven't been here long, I'm not sure when they moved in, so maybe the last family just left the tree. If it is something tragic, I would hate for them to feel isolated in a new community. At the same time, I want to respect their privacy too . It will give me a good excuse to take a nice evening walk. If I should spot them I will certainly say hello, and see where it goes. The whole neighborhood is very friendly, so it won't be out of place at all. Wish they lived closer, I'd have felt more comfortable bringing over a housewarming gift. I always do that within a few weeks, but with the turnover in occupants of late, it's hard to keep up.
Hopefully it will be something less ominous, and we can share a laugh about it later.

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@pickypickypicky: Perfect time to introduce yourself with a homemade or store bought bit of goodness and a "Welcome to the neighborhood." Report back. I am curious!!

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@w00tgurl: @lavikinga: UPDATE! So, the next door neighbor was having a garage sale this weekend, and I got the scoop. Seems that the old owners left right after Christmas, abandoned all kinds of junk . I thought they were still there, because I saw the same car there. Turns out it is the neighbor w/ the same make/model/ color car, using it as extra parking. They don't know who is cleaning it up, probably the bank. Apparently the neighbor was joking about the tree too. They were going to re-glue the needles and paint it green again, so that it can enjoy one more Christmas. Still met a nice new neighbor, so mystery solved.

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@pickypickypicky: THIS is so cool that you came back with an update. Sad that so many families are having to abandon their homes.

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next time you see the next door neighbor, tell them you found a good deal on some grass paint, and that maybe it's not too late... you can go with them to the dump to try to save the tree... hehe

http://www.amazon.com/Concentrated-Grass-Ounce-Gallon-Product/dp/B004TNSGE6/

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@lavikinga:It is sad, and many people really are suffering right now. But we know someone who just got a modification that took $800 off their mortgage, and they went right out and bought 3 new big screen TV's, same day! To celebrate, I guess. I mean 55", OMG, 1 is 3D, all LED, all the bells and whistles. And then he gets reduced hours, and whines about it when at work.
On the other hand, we have a neighbor, in his 50's who is a master electrician of 20 years, who was "commuting" 150 miles each way, for a job, which has now ended. And he still tries to stay upbeat. We keep finding wiring projects that need doing, as often as we can afford to.
I just hope that the person in the 1st example learns something, and the 2nd one just gets through it OK. I have tons of sympathy for the 2nd one, but very little for the 1st.
Sorry about the soapbox, I have gotten cranky since I've been hit up for donations for those who live well above my means.