For the first time in 48 years, longtime Prairie Village Christmas display maestro Mike Babick will not be decorating his home at 7611 Falmouth.
Not unless he gets a last minute stay of execution by this coming week, which Babick says is highly unlikely.
But there’s more…
Since Prairie Village’s new ordinance went into effect that states “any attraction or display that draws huge numbers of people will not be issued a permit,” Babick says, he hasn’t seen hide nor hair of any holiday lighting on commercial buildings. Buildings that usually by this time in past years would be festooned with lights and ready to Jingle Bell Rock.
“There are no lights at all on either of the two shopping centers in Prairie Village,” Babick says. “And they should have started putting them up around the middle of October. Now why they haven’t I don’t know. I’ve been trying to find out for the past three weeks.”
Macy’s, Hen House – all bare, Babick says.
“I haven’t seen one light strung this year,” he says. “It looks like they’ll have to get permission too.
“I mean, blocking Christmas in Prairie Village? Omigod.”