On the Fifth Day of Christmas, it’s time to look back at my 2016 road trips to see the decorations in cities and towns across Minnesota. This year I didn’t make any special trips; I only visited when I was already going to an area – though admittedly I may have taken the long way once or twice. (Wait, this isn’t entirely true; the Isanti / Cambridge / Braham trip was just for fun. The other two trips, though were for other reasons.)
The themes this year: wreaths, garland, and snowflakes. That was all I saw on the lampposts, no matter which city.
Garland-wrapped lamp posts in Taylors Falls:
and Chisago City:
Identical wreaths on all the buildings in Isanti:
Wreaths in Cambridge:
The store windows and town squares were quite festive. It was really hard to take pictures without reflections from across the street, but I did my best.
Frandsen Bank & Trust in Braham:
Floral shop in Jordan:
Main Street in Le Sueur:
Mrs. Claus and Mr. Claus on Main Street in Henderson:
Gazebos in Chisago City…
Santa’s warming house in Belle Plaine:
A nervous pig in the window of Isanti Retail Meats:
Santa’s sleigh in the Cambridge State Bank:
…and the reindeer across the street at Herman’s Bakery and Deli:
My favorite: a three-window painting of Santa and his sleigh in the windows of the Creamery Crossing cafe in Isanti. From right to left:
…and Rudolph, who is – of course – a cow.
Previous Christmas road trips