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Christmas Decoration Contest
December 26 to 30, 2015
Open to all residents & businesses
in West Pittston Borough limits

"Many residents fondly remember the Christmas decoration contests when they were growing up here and many West Pittston houses looked so festive,” West Pittston Tomorrow President Ellen Quinn said. “We thought a bit of friendly competition would add to the holiday spirit and recognize all the hard work and creativity that goes into celebrating the season.”

"Tis the season to be jolly,” Quinn said.

Categories in this First Annual House Decorating Contest are traditional and whimsical.   There is no cost to enter the contest which is open to all residences and businesses with West Pittston Borough limits, she said.  First and second prizes will be awarded in both categories for houses and first prizes for businesses.

To participate, residents only have to festoon their houses or buildings with lights, wreaths, inflatable Santas or whatever their imaginations dream up. Judging will begin December 26 and winners will be announced on December 30. 

"Be creative, be festive, but most of all have fun," Quinn said.

Rules and Instructions

1.  Particiption is open to all residents and businesses within the
     borough limits.
2.  Entry is free, no cost or fees apply.
3.  There is no entry application.
4.  Contest is for exterior decorations only, including decorations in 
     windows that are visible from the exterior.  Judging will be from 
     outside the house or building only.
5.  Judging will be based on "curb appeal" as viewed from the street. 
     Therefore only those decorations located on the street side of the 
      property will be judged.  Corner lots will be judged from both streets.
6.  Judges will not enter property to view back or side yards.
7.  Those who want to be considered are asked to have all animations 
      and decorations in place, activated and lighted from 5:30 to 10:30 in
      the evening from the December 26 to the 30 “heedless of the wind
      and weather.”
8.  Winners must agree to have one or more photos of their decorated 
     residences posted on the West Pittston Tomorrow website and/or
     published in a local newspaper.
A great time was had by all!!!  
Thanks for your support . . .
Deck the halls with boughs of holly.  Light the lights and join the neighbors!  Fa la la la la, la la la la.   West Pittston Tomorrow is holding a House Decorating Contest within the borough.
Twas five nights after Christmas, when all through the town 
Not a creature was stirring, not even a clown
The lights were hung by the doorways with care, 
In hopes that West Pittston Tomorrow soon would be there; 
The children were nestled all snug in their beds; 
While visions of Ballyhoo danced in their heads; 
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and dad in his cap, 
Had just settled down for a short winter's nap, 
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, 
Dad sprang from his chair to see what was the matter. 
Away to the window he flew like a flash, 
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. 

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, 
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below, 
When what to his wondering eyes did appear, 
But a red mini van and eight volunteers, 
With a little old driver so lively and swell, 
He knew in a moment it was Chipper Bell. 
More rapid than eagles the committee they came, 
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name: 
"Now, Jane! now, Walt, now Jacobs and Judy! 
On, Russin! on, Branley! on Linda and John! 
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! 
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!" 

As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, 
When met with an obstacle, still not a house got passed by; 
So through the streets the coursers they flew 
With the van full of joy, and Pat Sammon too— 
And then, in a twinkling, dad heard at the curb
The laughter and praise for each little blurb. 
As he drew in his head, and was turning around, 
Up the walk Ellen Quinn came with a bound. 

She was dressed all in fur, from her head to her foot, 
And her clothes were all tarnished with snowflakes and soot; 
A bundle of forms she had flung on her back
And she looked like a shopper just opening her pack. 
Her helpers—how they twinkled! their smiles, how merry! 
Their cheeks were like roses, their noses like a cherries!
Their small shiny cameras drawn up like a bow, 
And the gloves on their hands were as white as the snow; 
The stump of a pen Ellen held tight in her teeth, 
And the laughter, encircled the group like a wreath; 
They saw the Santa in the yard with its little round belly 
That shook in the wind, like a bowl full of jelly. 

The judges were happy and bright, right jolly old elves
And dad laughed when he saw them, in spite of himself; 
And the wink of an eye and a twist of a head 
Soon gave dad to know he had nothing to dread; 
They spoke not a word, but went straight to their work, 
Checking the Christmas lights; then turned with a jerk, 
And, laying a finger aside of her nose, 
And giving a nod, to the next house they strode.

Chipper sprang to his van, to his team gave a whistle, 
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. 
But dad heard them exclaim, ere they drove out of sight— 
“Happy Christmas West Pittston and to all a good night!”

An Ode to the 1ST Annual House Decorating Contest