Mr. Christmas and his elves stay busy on decorations

Noah French
Thursday, November 28, 2019
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Left: Terry Hood stands with one of the holiday decorations he rebuilt for this season. Above: A tractor built by Hood during the warmer parts of the year. The Hood family has been looking after Glendive’s public decorations for decades.

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With the holiday season fast approaching, downtown Glendive will soon be adorned with the festive decorations of the season.

In Glendive, the streets are brought to life every year by local Terry Hood, also known as Mr. Christmas, who has built and repaired the downtown Christmas decorations for 30 years.

Mr. Christmas does not work alone. With the help of his wife Robyn, his son Travis, and his daughter-in-law Andrea, Hood takes on the monumental undertaking of building and refurbishing decorations every year.

This year, the Hoods completely refurbished some of their decorations. They stripped down all four Christmas tree decorations to their bare frames, straitened them, painted them, and attached new light strings to them. The trees were finished off with the addition of new commercial tinsel garland and ceramic bulbs that give them an old school feel.

The shooting star decoration that was made in memory of Hood’s father-in-law Bob Rudnick received the same treatment.

All of these decorations are made with commercial grade lights and garland so that they can survive Glendive’s harsh winters. The more expensive components help the decorations last around 20 years, compared to the cheaper alternatives that don’t even last a single season on the downtown light poles.

Along with the 70 light pole decorations and three overthe-street lighted garlands, the Hood’s have prepared an assortment of groundmounted decorations for BN Park and Our Park.

Among these decorations are the Christmas train decoration, a number of inflatables, and a John Deere tractor built in memory of Christ and Betty Diegel.

Paid for by the Diegel family, this decoration depicts a metal cardinal, which represents Betty’s love of cardinals and red birds, mounted on top of the tractor that represents Christ’s love of John Deere tractors.

For next year, the Hoods are taking up the refurbishment of the Bell Street bell decorations and both of the reindeer decorations. The reindeer decorations are severely faded and the bell decorations haven’t been refurbished in their 25 years of use.

As well as these refurbishments, some of the inflatables for both parks will need to be replaced.

Even though Hood saves money by reusing old decorations, their refurbishment is a costly affair and donations are desperately needed in order to keep up.

There will be a fund raiser to help pay for next year’s decorations at the South Side Tavern on Dec. 7 from 5-10 p.m.

All tips at the event will go towards the Christmas decoration fund, and will be matched by numerous local businesses.

At the fund raiser, awards will be given out for the best Christmas costume and best ugly sweater.

Otherwise, donations can be made out to the decoration fund, and sent to Terry Hood at 207 Clay Street or can be picked up if you call Hood at 939-2535.

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