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From weed to tree to snowman: Secret decorators keep holiday spirit going in Kingston

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Someone recently replaced a small, artificial Christmas tree at Bennett Street and Mercer Avenue in Kingston with this Happy New Year snowman.
Clark Van Orden | Times Leader
This weed was growing at the intersection of Bennett Street and Mercer Avenue in Kingston when someone decorated it in Christmas tree style. It only lasted about a week before someone broke it off at the base, leaving only a few branches. Then, someone replaced it with a small, artificial Christmas tree.
Clark Van Orden | Times Leader
Someone placed this small, artificial Christmas tree in the place where the little Christmas weed at Bennett Street and Mercer Avenue was broken off at the base.
Clark Van Orden | Times Leader

KINGSTON — A tiny snowman that appeared under the Cross Valley overpass on Bennett Street has given residents reason to remain in the holiday spirit as the new year begins.

The snowman replaces a large weed that inhabited the spot and was decorated by an unknown someone. The weed broke, but the spirit of area residents remained intact, with two of them replacing the weed with a small artificial tree covered with shiny ornaments and sparkle.

Mercer Street resident Karen Moskel said she saw the snowman decked in holiday garb as she was driving with her children on New Year’s Eve.

“I think it was super cute,” Moskel said. “After the tree was gone, it was a bit sad, so it was especially nice to see something to replace it.”

Moskel said she hoped that the spot might host a holiday theme throughout the year.

“I would love to see a leprechaun there at St. Patrick’s Day,” she said.

John Moskel said he was glad to see that no one disturbed either the trees or the snowman as they occupied the small spot under the overpass.

With the holidays winding down and overcast skies in the forecast, many motorists took a moment to stop and point at the snowman, smiling or waving at the figure that seemed to be much more than simply a plastic decoration sitting on the side of the road.

A few inaugural snowflakes that graced the skies Friday seemed to provide the perfect backdrop for the snowman, who was prepared with a tiny broom.

“It’s really a nice community minded thing. That would make a wonderful tradition,” said Karen Moskel. “It added to the holidays.”

Two small cardboard signs placed near the snowman said “Happy New Year” and “Until Next Year,” reminding residents that although the decorations may be removed, the spirit of community and thoughtfulness will remain, not necessarily as a part of the physical landscape, but in the hearts of those inspired by them.

Reach Geri Gibbons at 570-991-6117 or on Twitter @TLGGibbons.

By Geri Gibbons

[email protected]

Someone recently replaced a small, artificial Christmas tree at Bennett Street and Mercer Avenue in Kingston with this Happy New Year snowman.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_snowman_toned.jpgSomeone recently replaced a small, artificial Christmas tree at Bennett Street and Mercer Avenue in Kingston with this Happy New Year snowman. Clark Van Orden | Times Leader

This weed was growing at the intersection of Bennett Street and Mercer Avenue in Kingston when someone decorated it in Christmas tree style. It only lasted about a week before someone broke it off at the base, leaving only a few branches. Then, someone replaced it with a small, artificial Christmas tree.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_TTL122215TreeGrowsinKingston1.jpgThis weed was growing at the intersection of Bennett Street and Mercer Avenue in Kingston when someone decorated it in Christmas tree style. It only lasted about a week before someone broke it off at the base, leaving only a few branches. Then, someone replaced it with a small, artificial Christmas tree. Clark Van Orden | Times Leader

Someone placed this small, artificial Christmas tree in the place where the little Christmas weed at Bennett Street and Mercer Avenue was broken off at the base.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_TTL122215TreeGrowsinKingston2.jpgSomeone placed this small, artificial Christmas tree in the place where the little Christmas weed at Bennett Street and Mercer Avenue was broken off at the base. Clark Van Orden | Times Leader

Reach Geri Gibbons at 570-991-6117 or on Twitter @TLGGibbons.