You might call it the Cold War of Christmas Decorations -- a conflict with seemingly no end involving a buildup of decorations that has gotten bigger and more elaborate in a neighborhood in Lexington County.
So far, there has been no armistice, no cease fire agreement, no late evening discussions at the United Nations, and no accord drafted to put an end to this war.
And to think it all started thanks to Pinterest.
Vickie Kane found a custom reindeer display she liked on the website and quickly put her husband, Jim Kane, to work in making the eight tiny reindeer and Rudolph.
"Now keep in mind these aren't just reindeer," said Jim, "these are Santa's reindeer. And that's important as the story evolved."
And it indeed evolved. Enter the Stewart family. Ann Stewart came up with the idea to place a hunter in a deer stand pointed at Santa's reindeer as a practical joke.
"The one thing they did add was a little sign at the bottom below the reindeer that said, 'No Hunting," said Ann.
Jim and Vickie didn't realize what the display meant until several days later. Then, it was war.
"We go, 'Okay, game on,'" said Jim. "You see, now it's a question of saving Christmas, you know? These reindeer need to help Santa get the toys to all the children."
With Christmas hanging in the balance, Jim added a item to his display -- a reindeer with a sniper rifle pointed at the hunter in the Stewarts' tree.
The battle's tone was now set. It was just a question of what Ann's response would be. She and her husband, Jim Stewart, retaliated quickly.
"So the sniper comes, and I realize they're taking this to another level. So I added the second hunter and we had to, of course, plant a food plot and bait the field to tempt the reindeer a little closer over for the hunters," said Ann.
And the Kanes' response? Homemade biplanes and bombers.
"Well, really it just got out of control and it really escalated to this point, so I told Vickie that we have to pull out all the stops. So now it's bombs away," said Jim.
By now, the Stewarts and the Kanes are fully engaged in Cold War MAD tactics -- mutually assured decorating.
"It's a 21st Century Battle for Lexington," said Jim. "Right here in Governor's Grant."
The neighbors have even gotten involved. One neighbor has Frosty the Snowman dressed in a referee's outfit. Another placed a Santa with a pair of binoculars in a nearby tree.
"I think [Santa was placed] maybe to make sure everyone stayed on their own side of the street," said Vickie.
With battle lines now clear, both the Stewarts and the Kanes are coy as to what their next moves will be, but they're hopeful arms will be laid down in time for a peaceful Christmas.
"We are still hopeful," said Jim. "Forget the adults in the neighborhood, but between the hunters and the reindeer and Santa Claus in the tree and Frosty, between those characters, we think they'll be able to come up with some sensible resolution to the conflict before Christmas," said Jim "We're counting on them to do something."
On Friday, the war ended peacefully.
"We decided on a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the neighborhood," Stewart said. "Everyone came together in the Christmas spirit and decided to call a truce."
Until next year.
"Oh boy! My wife will not want to hear the part about what we're looking to for next year," Stewart said.
Until then, these front yard characters can enjoy their toasted marshmallows with the fellowship of brotherly love.
Monday, July 28 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:46:45 GMT
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