Bob McCarty wrote:
Bill, I bet it's your electric company's favorite time of the year too.
Yeah, and they don't even send a thank you card!
We have been doing this for over twenty years and keep getting bigger every year. The pine tree in our front yard started as a sapling Melissa planted twenty two years ago when she was six years old. About four years later we decorated it and we had 35 bulbs on it. It was about three feet tall then. When we moved eight years ago we brought the tree along. It was about 16 feet tall then. Today it is about 25 feet tal, holds about 1,200 lights and I need the bucket lift to reach the top. The entire display starts near the road at one end of my drive and ends at the other road where the drive exits. Hopefully I will get over 30,000 lights up this year.
We have people drive through all the time or just stop in the road to look. The kids really love it and some of the parents have told me they drive twenty miles or more to bring their kids every year. Some of my neighbors have said I should put a donation box in the driveway to help with the cost, but I refuse to do that. This is my contribution to them. I do this for the kids and adults who come out to see it and as long as they enjoy it, and I am able to do it, It will continue to be a community tradition.
Around here we spend more than a few days enjoying the Christmas season.
That star is twenty feet in the air on the side of the barn.
The star itself is eight feet tall.
It was a bit cold last year when I put it together. Today is supposed to be 51 degrees.
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