I have been decorating our house for the past 10 years. I began, with the help of my dad, when I was 8 years old. Early on I realized that this was an incredible rush of energy and excitement, to be able to light up the night. Part of this year's display is sychronized to a couple of Christmas songs that play through any FM radio. As every year I have expanded, next year's display will be the biggest and brightest yet!
For the past several years I have had the opportunity to take my display to new heights by renting a boom lift from E-Z Rentals in Clarkston. I was able to put up this year's display just in time for my annual Lighting Ceremony. As with most events, not everything goes right on the first try. Technical difficulties, and operator error, was resolved in time to allow the Christmas eve and Christmas Day traffic to be able to enjoy the lights and music. I usually do a light count as I am packing everything away, however last year ended with grand total of around 25,000 lights! I add each year and expect this year to be around 30,000 and next year to exceed 35,000 lights. Bulbs of every size, large, small, original and LED, blow-ups, wireframes, and even an 8-foot tall Gingerbread house make this display something to look forward to.
Where do I see my display in the future? I see even more lights that will dance in time to some of the season's timeless carols. I want to thank my family for their unending support and total patience with me. My dad for really starting me off and my mom and sister helping with anything from cooking treats to the actual decorating. Why do I do it? It has been said that there always is a little competition in everyone. Do I have to have the best and brightest house? No. Will I ever quit? Again, No. The way the twinkle of the lights shine in the eyes of my family and friends and warm their hearts to a temperature rising almost as fast as our electric bill, that's what is important. Jesus Christ is the reason for the season. He shone the Light of His Father to the world. Decorating our family's home each year is just a little reminder to people that when each of us allows that light to be shone, we can conquer this dark world and light the way for others to share in the Season of Joy! God Bless and Merry Christmas.