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Edison Sepulveda, of Central Islip, posted a videoEdison Sepulveda, of Central Islip, posted a video to Facebook showing someone stealing a giant snowman holiday decoration from his grandparents' front yard on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (Credit: Facebook)

A real-life Grinch has deflated a Central Islip family’s holiday spirit.

Edison Sepulveda, 25, recorded a woman stealing an inflatable snowman from his family’s festive front lawn around 1 a.m. Monday, he said.

Sepulveda posted the footage, which was recorded on a security camera placed outside the home, to Facebook that same morning. He said he was hoping someone would recognize the thief, who’s seen removing the stakes securing the 6-foot-tall snowman and carrying it away.

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Sepulveda said his 80-year-old grandfather, Rafael Chacon, has put the snowman, worth about $100, and other decorations on their front lawn every holiday season since they moved into the house 13 years ago. This year he also decorated the house with Christmas lights, garland and an inflatable Santa.

“I’m disappointed, ” Sepulveda said. “We always put up the decorations, that’s the thing to do during this time, to get into the holiday spirit and all.”


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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