So we have in years past gone all Griswold trying to win this contest. Then we discovered you have to be a member of the homeowner's association to qualify. Okay, so pay the dues and next year I know we'll win.
We realized the only people winning were the homeowners who were actively involved in the association and they were taking turns winning year after year. Keep in mind -- it's not about the $25 first prize gift certificate. It's not about being recognized in the homeowner's newsletter.
Year after year we have spent countless hours making our outside display classy and fun. Blowing fuses, untangling lights, replacing bulbs, even playing outside Christmas music. STILL NO SIGN!
Finally, I decided if it was all about the sign that I would just get my own. I had a local sign company make our sign GRAND MARSHALL'S BEST OF SHOW as you can see. After the other winners received their signs, I put my BEST OF SHOW sign in the yard. It was a great play on words because our last name is Marshall and this was the best we had to show.
So I got a call from the Homeowner's Association President who said by the way we had received an Honorable Mention. This was after I had already put up my own sign. So I proudly accepted by Honorable Mention sign, took down my best of show, and enjoyed the cookie basket as our prize. That was about three years ago.Well, bad news -- we didn't win again this year. The homeowner's association doesn't even bother considering us to win anymore even though I do pay my annual dues. I'm going to win no matter what happens. Yes, this is my best of show. And really it's all about the sign anyway.