El Dorado fire fighters refer to one of their fellow fire fighters as a “scrooge” at this time of year.
Jack Zimmerman does not get into the holiday spirit and this year he didn’t even want his wife to put up a wreath on their front door.
When his co-workers found out about this, they decided to do something to brighten his holiday.
They said they were going to “Clark Griswold” his house, so one evening when he was away at a Thunder hockey game, a group of fire fighters gathered at his home and decorated nearly every inch of the house and property.
They said he had been “asking for it” for a couple of years.
Before his return home, his wife sent a message to the fire fighters to let them know they were on their way so they could have all of the lights turned on and ready for his arrival.
“I was surprised,” Zimmerman said, smiling. “I wasn’t expecting it.
“I wasn’t going to put up anything outside. We have some decorations inside.”
In regard to being called “Scrooge,” he said, “I guess I’m more the Christmas guy at Christmas time and not before.”
He said he celebrates Christmas on Christmas eve and Christmas day.
Zimmerman does have plans to get even, although he doesn’t know what or when yet. He said he has to give it some thought. Although he agreed to leave the decorations up for Christmas, he said the other fire fighters will be taking them back down.