Living in New England: Christmas in January, February... March & April!

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There are many aspects of life here that are so unique from other parts of the country, and I want to share those things with my family, and perhaps with you- if you have never been here. I thought it might be helpful to do some posts called : "Living in New England" that highlight quintessential New England sights, events, situations, and experiences.
I also know of many people who have lived here, in New England, their entire lives and perhaps don't realize that some of the events and sights that I will describe don't happen elsewhere in the country. Or, maybe you are originally from New England, but have moved away... I hope these posts will bring back some fond memories for you.   In any event, I wish to share New England with you through the eyes of this Southerner.

(To read my other "Living in New England" posts visit here!)

Four years ago when we moved to New Hampshire at the end of January we noticed a large number of Christmas wreaths still hanging on houses in New Hampshire and all around New England.  That year was record setting as the 2nd snowiest winter ever recorded in New Hampshire.  We attributed the many, many Christmas wreaths that hung throughout the entire winter to the massive amount of snow on the ground that year- people just couldn't get to the wreaths to remove them.
They were everywhere... everywhere
It became a running joke while driving around New England in the months of February, March and April to announce each and every Christmas wreath that was spotted..  
"Christmas Wreath!"...
"Christmas Wreath!"...
"Christmas Wreath!"...
...on and on.
Then, sometime in April of that year it was as if everyone got the secret memo and all (well, most;) of the wreaths were removed at the exact same time!   There was still lots of snow on the ground that year in April, so it wasn't that the snow had made the difference.  It was just the strangest thing!

This unusual "tradition" has occurred every year since- even when the snow isn't bad, or like this year when there isn't hardly any snow at all (as you can see in most of the photos).  I especially love the photograph of the wreath and the sap buckets- a sure sign of Spring in New England!
 Certainly in other parts of the country you see the "occasional" wreath and Christmas lights still up in June, but that's not what I'm referring to.  I kid you not when I tell you you see them
The following photos are but a small sampling;  they were all taken in the last couple of days. 

Merry Christmas.... still! :)