Light­ing up the night sky for Christ­mas

Seaway News - - NEWS - Adam Brazeau

CORN­WALL, On­tario – Roger Leger has mas­tered the craft of spread­ing hol­i­day cheer. His home is a shin­ing ex­am­ple for those who can’t find their Christ­mas spirit.

With up­wards of 10,000 Christ­mas light bulbs on his prop­erty and a Santa’s vil­lage com­plete with rein­deers, sled and all, it’s a spell­bind­ing nightscape.

Two mas­sive trees cov­ered in 4,000 bulbs each and his North Pole dis­plays are a con­stant at­trac­tion to passersby and an­nual spec­ta­tors.

“I get so many com­pli­ments, it keeps me out­doors and it puts peo­ple in the spirit of Christ­mas,” said Leger.

For 29 years, he has turned his house into a win­ter won­der­land. The hol­i­day makeover takes three weeks to com­plete. This year he re­duced the amount of shine and decor just a tad. But with all the lights and Christ­mas char­ac­ters still up it can still be seen from blocks away.

“The Glen Stor Dun Lodge bus tours re­ally stick out for me,” he said. “And now I have grand­kids to share it with.”

Leger en­joys when peo­ple stop to mar­vel at all of the lights. The feed­back has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive. But there’s al­ways a Scrooge or Grinch that has to try and ruin Christ­mas. Three rein­deers and a snow­man were jacked from his lawn five years ago. Now Santa’s helpers are on lock­down.

His wife Ni­cole en­joys the warm glow in their win­dows and the joy it brings to peo­ple ev­ery year. Leger’s cher­ished pas­time is also an an­nual source of clut­ter that can turn Christ­mas time into an over­load of tiny fig­urines, dec­o­ra­tions and noises.

“I love Christ­mas but I can’t stand the mess,” said Ni­cole. “It does make peo­ple ex­tremely happy so it makes us happy too.”

Adam Brazeau

For nearly three decades, Roger Leger has trans­formed his home into a win­ter won­der­land.

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