Day to decorate
By KELTON BROOKS
By KELTON BROOKS
With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, residents of Garden City are doing away with pumpkins, novelty turkeys and harvest baskets to set out Christmas decorations.
"It's a family tradition," said Mark Gosch, who was putting up Christmas lights with his son, Tyler, at their house on Pioneer Drive.
Gosch said they have been putting up decorations ever since his family has been at the residence, but said they don't get "too carried away" anymore because of vandals.
"We used to put out a snowman, reindeer and everything, but one Christmas we lost about $500 or $600 worth of stuff from vandals that want to be the bah humbugs," he said.
As his Tyler, who is a sophomore at Kansas State University, stood on the roof of the house lining the edges with lights, Mark said the process takes about two hours.
"We put lights on the trees and shrubs, too, but hopefully we don't do that today," he said, laughing.
Along with trimming the house in lights, the Gosches also hang wreaths, and Mark said his wife also puts a snowman on the porch.
"We do this for the kids, so people can have something to look at and enjoy, and celebrate Christmas," Mark Gosch said.
Along Antler Ridge, another man was setting up Christmas decorations for his home, but said he waited a little while longer to put them up.
"I've been putting them off until today because it was so cold," said Mike Harris, who is a dentist at Harris and Harris Family Dentistry on Fulton Street.
Harris said he has been putting up decorations for 26 years, but added a new train display this year with Santa Clause in the front carriage, and the other carriages are filled with gifts and a snowman.
"I have a lot of family coming in for Christmas, and I like to have it all decorated for them," he said. "I'm curious to see how it all is going to look in the dark."
Along with three long strands of lights coming from his trees in the yard, Harris had lights in the shape of stars in the trees and large wreaths lining the house. He also had one more display he was proudly preparing to set up.
"That other thing you see on the ground is actually a Bronco-man for Sunday," he said, laughing.