Christ­mas spirit

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL -

Mary added that her el­dest sign is now 28-years-old.

When she was preg­nant with her sec­ond child Chris, her hus­band and el­dest son Scott con­structed two stars.

“They made them for the sec­ond baby, and he’s 24 now, so they go back a long ways too,” she said.

Much of what the cou­ple has on dis­play around their home has been built from scratch and holds a spe­cial mean­ing to them.

“You want to keep the spirit of Christ­mas cause it’s gone,” said Mary. “Christ­mas is not the way it used to be nowhere, no one goes to visit any­body any­more.”

Mary ex­plained that the im­ages she has dis­play on her fence as part of her Christ­mas dis­play rep­re­sent the dreams she had go­ing to bed as a child on Christ­mas Eve.

“The candy canes, you went to church, that’s up there, (and) Santa Claus com­ing. All that was in your head when you were go­ing to bed on Christ­mas Eve night when you were go­ing to be wasn’t it, won­der­ing what you were go­ing to get from Santa Claus,” she said.

Mary said in the past the lights pro­vided her with a sense of com­fort.

“I find it com­pany,” she said. “There was no­body here only me, when you look out­doors it was dark in the night time when you get up look­ing around, I used to find it dark but if I had a light to look at, ev­ery­body else’s light was (out), they were all gone to bed when I’d be up and when I’d go out an see those lights on me step I knew that I had com­pany, the lights kept me com­pany when ev­ery­body was gone.”

The cou­ple said peo­ple are wel­come to come by and view the dis­play. They kept it lit un­til 10:30 p.m and all night long on Christ­mas Eve.

“Any­one that wants to come here, they come down and knocks on the door and asks can they go around and look,” she said. “We’ll show them where the plug ins are to.”

Les­ley Ann Lambe, who lives not far from the Fran­cis’ home, said, “I think the lights are ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful,”

She added, “Each year they add more to the dis­play. My kids look for­ward to when Mr. Sandy and Mrs. Mary turn on their lights.

“I love see­ing the houses dec­o­rated and this is one of my fa­vorites.”

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