Dis­plays de­light for Christ­mas

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Kather­ine Kokko­nen

HOMES and busi­nesses across Ma­reeba are glow­ing with the fes­tive spirit thanks to bril­liant light dis­plays.

A gi­gan­tic Christ­mas tree and in­flat­able Santa with rein­deers earned Bradley Claf­fey the top award in the Res­i­den­tial cat­e­gory.

Mr Claf­fey de­scribed him­self as ‘a Christ­mas per­son’ and said he put a lights dis­play up ev­ery year.

He spent five week­ends in a row work­ing on the dis­play.

“I’ve al­ways loved Christ­mas,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one loves the fact that I put in such an ef­fort. I love see­ing the kids get ex­cited about the lights.

“I was re­ally ex­cited to win be­cause there was some good com­pe­ti­tion this year.

Mr Claf­fey said he al­ready had ideas on how to im­prove the dis­play for next year.

“There will be some sur­prises,” he said.

“I wish more peo­ple would get into it. I doesn’t have to be big and spec­tac­u­lar, it’s more about show­ing the Christ­mas spirit.

“It doesn’t mat­ter if you have one set of lights or a dozen sets.”

The La Rosas earned highly com­mended in the res­i­den­tial cat­e­gory for their dis­play on Seary Road.

Their neigh­bours also got into the spirit, earn­ing the group the best street award.

Tracy La Rosa said she has been putting up a lights dis­play for the last 15 years.

“It’s about keep­ing the magic of Christ­mas alive and giv­ing back,” she said.

“We are do­ing it for the com­mu­nity. We stay up late while ev­ery­one comes around.

“I’m so happy about the recog­ni­tion for ev­ery­one in the street and all their work.”

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