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Butch’s Brew
By Butch Meriwether
butchsbrew@frontier.com
The subjects of this blog will be diversified, sometimes cute or funny and hopefully, will address interesting subjects. However, there may be times when I believe a particular subject needs to be “championed” and addressed. I hope my blogs will inform, inspire emotion and to cause people to think. If you want to contact me other than through comments to my blogs, I can be reached by emailing me at butchsbrew@frontier.com.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Christmas spirit is alive in Golden Valley

 Butch Meriwether

There is even a Christmas-themed decorated porta potty as part of this year’s display.

It seems just like yesterday that Chris and I finished taking down the decorations from our 2011 Christmas display, packed them up and put them into storage. We thought we had a year-long breather.

We also believed we set an unbreakable record last year with 40 blowups, 54,000 lights, and a whole bunch of other display items. We even had a Christmas-themed decorated porta potty - the ones you see at a construction site for the visitors to use. I even passed out candy canes throughout December to all those visitors who happened by to check our Christmas display.

To top it off, more than 145 of our friends and acquaintances showed up one night prior to Christmas to visit with us and to check out the display. That doesn't include the hundreds of other people who just drove by to check out the decorations and display.

We had a year break from decorating? All I can say is WE WERE WRONG!

Even before we took down the 2012 Halloween and then Thanksgiving displays (yes, Chris decorates for just about all holidays), we were knee deep in the 2012 Christmas display preparation. We spent time in the garage periodically fixing items that got broken last year, and we spent time marveling over the new decorations we had acquired.

I guess I should have realized that last year's record would go away like a stampede of cattle since I am married to Chris Marie. She is like the "Queen of Decorations" and I should never have thought something isn't going to happen when it comes to her. You know the old saying, "expect the unexpected."

When we started attempting to figure out where all of the Christmas decorations were located in the various storage areas, I quickly realized the 11- by 17-foot metal shed she had her decorations in didn't hold everything. We had stuff we purchased since Christmas in just about every nook and cranny in the garage, our closets and other areas I didn't even know existed.

This year, we are planning on having more than 60 blowups, 75,000 lights, a bunch of other cool looking Christmas items to display and yep, I plan on having another Christmas-themed decorated porta potty.

Many probably wonder why we go to such lengths to have an over-the-top Christmas display. It's simple. Many of our neighbors are elderly, can no longer put up decorations themselves and live on fixed incomes. It is Chris's and my way of giving back to the community. We figure as long as we can afford it, we will have a display each year for all to enjoy.

Some of our neighbors have even approached us, wanting to help out with our electric bill for the period the display is up. Both Chris and I say, "No thank you." However, we have decided again this year we would have two donation boxes strategically located in our front yard - Toys For Tots and For The Luv of Paws, a no-kill animal shelter in Golden Valley.

Chris tells me she plans on having all of the Christmas blowups and various other display items up and running by Dec. 1.

People who would like to visit the display at our home located at 2225 S. Dome Road in Golden Valley, can do so by turning south on Egar Road (mile marker 17) from Highway 68 and driving over 4 miles. Turn right on Tapeats Road (if you arrive at Shinarump Road, you've gone a half-mile too far). Head west for about one-half mile and you can't miss the display at the corner of Tapeats and Dome roads.

According to Chris Marie, the display will be up and running each night for at least four hours after sundown and she plans on keeping the display up until Jan. 2.

Don't forget that if you do decide to visit our Christmas display, it isn't mandatory, but we would appreciate it if you would bring a bag of dog or cat food for The Luv of Paws and/or a new unwrapped toy to be turned over to the Marine Corps League Detachment #887 and the Marines who will be passing out toys this year to needy children

We say Merry Christmas in advance and hope to see you cruise by our Christmas display extravaganza.




Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: Butch Meriwether

Our friend Bob Black unexpectedly showed up this morning to assist me with the repairs of the wind and cow damage. Because he worked hard with me, Chris has now elevated Bob to Elf-In-Training status. Most of the repairs are now done, but we decided to keep the larger blowups not pluged into the electicity until the wind subsides.

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: Butch Meriwether

We apologize to anyone that may have driven out to our place Sunday evening to view the Christmas display. Due to the high winds in our area, three of the blowups were damaged, others were torn away from their ropes that were holding them down, some of the deer were blown over, so in order not to have any more damage to some of the larger and more expensive blowups, we decided to turn the main power off to them for the night. Sorry but I haven’t figured out how to control Mother Nature. To top it off, a couple of large animals (cows) wondered through one area and tore down some of the lighting we had. Hey it is open range in Arizona so I can’t complain about the cows. Yes, it is my fault for not fencing in the front yard where most of the decorations were. Not to worry, tomorrow is another day and Chris and I will be out making all of the necessary repairs to the Christmas display and if the wind subsides, then we’ll turn everything back on.

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Butch Meriwether

Mary Nash, I want to thank you and your husband for dropping by to view our Christmas display and for bringing a bag of cat food to be donated to For Luv Of Paws. You two are the first to donate to one of the two charities we are supporting this year. Another neighbor stopped by today and donated a very big snowman blowup, a Christmas tree that we'll ensure gets to a needy family and also $10 for Toys for Tots. It is so nice to know there are really generous people who reside in Mohave County. God bless all and Merry Christmas!

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Steven Robinson

@Mary Nash: So Chris must have been blessed by Butch's delightful daughter, visiting from Las Vegas!

That's certainly the only logical way you could have been greeted by TWO "...most charming people"! All of us know Butch far too well to believe you were talking about him! -)

And IF Butch will let me back on the property now to visit, I will look forward to meeting you on the night of the 15th of December...


Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: mary nash

We went by last night after reading the article,what a wonderland!! we drove up only to be greeted by the two most charming people Iv met since moving to golden valley 9 yrs.ago they came to the car as soon as we drove up presented us each with a candy cane and we chatted a bit,only to be invited over later in the month for a open house,and to have chili cookies and other sweets. its worth a look see it,and like I said the couple are just so friendly and sincere,MERRY CHRISTMAS !

Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012
Article comment by: STUART VARON

HOW NICE FOR YOU AND YOUR COMMUNITY..IN THE SPIRT OF THE SESION..THIS IS WHAT CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT..NOT HATE AND DIVISON...LOVE YOU ALL AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!


Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012
Article comment by: Joan Bingham

I went and viewed their Christmas display last year and it was spectatular. I can't wait to see it this year.

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: Jim Consolato

I counted the lights last year and you only had 53, 999 lights. Where the 54 blow ups between you and Chris last year during the set up process. She said put this here and you put it there instead and the blow up began. LOL. Just kiddin you Butch. Merry Christmas.

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Desert Girl

I plan on driving by the Christmas display and dropping off a toy and also some dog and caT food. Thanks for puttting up the display for lal of us to enjoy.



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