Yakima Man Gets Head Start on Holiday DecorationsPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash - It's only the first part of November, but how early is too early for holiday decorations?
An owner of a small shop in Yakima says he plans all year to bring joy as early as he can to the Yakima community.
Dean Hammermesiter has lived in Yakima for most of his life. He says his age is holding at "39". When growing up he said people called him "The Christmas Boy".
"I've loved Christmas all my life, so I guess I'm still a kid at heart," says Hammermeister.
Thirty five years ago he rented a room in the building on Yakima and 8th Avenue now called "Studio D".
He showcased all of his holiday decorations and says it just grew from there.
"Eventually the owner says we'll just have to sell you the building so I worked really hard and got the building payed off and built-on three more floors. And I live on the top floor and I love every minute of it."
But is it ever too early to bring out the decorations?
"We do a lot of work to make it happen, so to enjoy it, lets put it out early so they [community] can enjoy it for the rest of the year," explains Hammermeister.
Hammermeister has been diagnosed with MS. He can no longer walk, but says new medical research may make a holiday wish come true. Perhaps allowing him to dance once again.
"I'm hoping it's going to work for me so I'll be back on the dance floor," says Hammermeister.
Hammermeister will close the doors to "Studio D" on Christmas Eve. He will be back to planning for the next holiday season in January.