Sarah Boshart and her family are celebrating their fourth Christmas in Virgil.
Boshart loves to decorate for the holidays, and for their first Christmas at their Homestead Drive home, they put out 12 deer, in different sizes.
“Last year they were down to four,” she says. “Someone keeps destroying our decorations, and they’re expensive. We’re really hoping it won’t happen again.”
For some reason, she thinks maybe because they’re on a corner lot, at Frontier Drive, every year they’ve been there, they’ve woken up Christmas morning to find their decorations trashed.
One of those years, they were facing the holiday after suffering a family tragedy, she says.
Last year, she was dealing with the death of her mother.
“People just can’t know what anyone is going through when they do something like that.”
The couple has seven children, five adults and two younger ones at home, this year, aged eight and nine.
“They love the decorations. They were devastated to wake up and see them destroyed.”
There have been two other homes with decorations also vandalized, she said. Last year, one of the houses along the street had its lights ripped off, and wound around the neck of a “magnificent, gold deer on our lawn.
The deer was dragged to the neighbour’s house, and it was destroyed. I was crushed.”
She thinks, possibly, since it’s always Christmas Eve, that there is a home in the neighbourhood that has visitors each year, maybe teenagers who don’t have anything else to do, “playing a pretty silly game.”
“We love our home. We love this neighbourhood. The only problem we have is at Christmas,” she says. “Please stop this.”