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Christmas in June brings no joy to Kingston Rd.: The Fixer

Christmas was over six months ago, but whoever is in charge of the Yuletide decorations on Kingston Rd. may not know it.

There is at least one home in every neighbourhood where the Christmas season extends into March. The lights go on every night and the inflatable snowman isn’t removed until the air comes out of it.

It likely has more to do with indolence than a real reluctance to let go of the most wonderful time of the year. But if they were prompt, their neighbours would have one less thing to titter about.

Christmas decorations along the north side of Kingston Rd., east of Warden Ave., have prompted some snickering in their own right, since they have yet to come down.

John Gonsalves emailed to say he’s had enough of the dead tree branches used to create Yule decorations occupying planters that should be blooming with flowers by now.

“The dead Christmas decorations continue adorning the planters (between) Warden Ave and Birchmount Rd.,” he said.

“The spruce and pine boughs have long since died and carry a nasty putrid brown colour, and their candy cane ribbons have long since faded.

“It is almost July, but no flowers or consideration for this developing area, en-route to the Pan Am Games.”

Gonsalves blames the city for the oversight, saying “the shopkeepers informed me that last summer the City asked the business owners to water the plants in the boulevard containers.

“This is preposterous, considering all the planters that are watered and fertilized along Danforth Ave, just a few short blocks from this area.”

We went there and found five planters between Warden and Manderley Dr. that are still filled with thoroughly dead tree limbs, along with the remnants of ribbons and other decorations.

The only greenery in the planters is thistles and other weeds jockeying for space with the boughs for space. The weeds are winning.

STATUS: We’ve asked Trevor Tenn, who’s in charge of road operations in that area, if he can arrange to have the Christmas stuff removed and maybe replaced with flowers.

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