Prizes spark plans for 2018 Christ­mas lights

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Tamra Carr

It might be an­other 10 months un­til Christ­mas but some peo­ple are al­ready think­ing about which dec­o­ra­tions will catch the eye next fes­tive sea­son.

Vir­ginia and Lloyd Mor­gan, Rob and Jenny Jamieson and Chris­tine Aneel col­lected their share of a $600 pool of prize money this week af­ter be­ing an­nounced win­ners of the Strathal­byn Chris­tian Col­lege Na­tiv­ity Lights Com­pe­ti­tion in part­ner­ship with Spirit 98.1. The Mor­gans won first place and $300 for their na­tiv­ity light dis­play at their home in Mount Tar­coola, fol­lowed by sec­ond place and $200 for the Jamiesons in Wag­grakine.

Third place went to Chris­tine Aneel in Utakarra, who won $100.

Deputy prin­ci­pal for cur­ricu­lum Sophia De Lange said the in­au­gu­ral com­pe­ti­tion in De­cem­ber marked the start of a new tra­di­tion for the Strathal­byn school.

“We hope to hold this com­pe­ti­tion ev­ery year,” Ms De Lange said.

“We hope to use this as a way to spread the real mean­ing of Christ­mas in our com­mu­nity.”

Ms Aneel and the Mor­gans said their prize money would be rein­vested in 2018 dec­o­ra­tions, whereas the Jamiesons plan to split the $200 with their grand­chil­dren, who helped build the na­tiv­ity scene.

To view Christ­mas light pho­tos and na­tiv­ity scenes, visit the Spirit 98.1 Face­book page at face­book. com/Spir­itGer­ald­ton.

Pic­ture: Tamra Carr

Chris­tine Aneel with lit­tle Nathan, Vir­ginia and Lloyd Mor­gan, Strathal­byn Chris­tian Col­lege deputy prin­ci­pal for cur­ricu­lum Sophia De Lange, and Rob and Jenny Jamieson.

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