Fes­tive lights ad­dic­tive

Matamata Chronicle - - Happy New Year - By TERESA HAT­TAN

Find­later St might soon be­come a Christ­mas grotto.

Alan and Del­yse Dowling have en­tered their home into this year’s Bay­leys Christ­mas Lights Tour for the first time.

Along with their dis­play, neigh­bours have got in­volved and there will be plenty to see if you ven­ture down the Mata­mata street.

A few years ago, the Dowl­ings went to the Box­ing Day sales and saw Christ­mas lights ‘‘go­ing cheap’’.

They didn’t put them up last year, but de­cided 2014 was the year to get in the fes­tive spirit.

‘‘ We ac­tu­ally just started do­ing it in front of the ranch slider but once we’d done that and we saw them on at night Del­yse said ‘ why don’t you do a bit more?’,’’ Alan said.

A bit more be­came a bit more and a lit­tle bit more un­til voila! ‘‘ We fi­nally ended up go­ing right across the front,’’ Alan said.

The house now fea­tures a range of lights and dec­o­ra­tions.

Alan said he’s learnt a by get­ting in­volved.

‘‘I was go­ing in and buy­ing four me­tre lengths. You wind up with a lot of plugs you’ve got to find power points for. You can buy longer lengths and so now I know that, that’s what I’ll do next time.’’

The cou­ple said they got to a point when they thought ‘‘where do we put them now?’’. It was then they started to get in­ven­tive.

They now have

lights

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in hang­ing bas­kets and they even tried to make a Doc­tor Who tardis. ‘‘ But that’s a work in progress,’’ Alan joked.

Once they got go­ing with their light dis­play, the Dowl­ings thought it would be some­thing neat for young peo­ple to see. They say it re­ally gets their imag­i­na­tions go­ing and they’ve been try­ing to think of new things to do with Christ­mas lights.

Even the neigh­bours have started to put up their own lights. It’s pos­si­ble the whole of Find­later St will be cov­ered in Christ­mas lights in years to come.

‘‘I hope that if peo­ple drive around and look at this they might be in­spired to do the same thing,’’ Alan said. ‘‘ I don’t know why we’ve never done it be­fore,’’ added Del­yse.

The cou­ple said they get a kick out of see­ing peo­ple come and look at them. ‘‘We’ve had peo­ple walk up the street and just say ‘wow’.’’

But Del­yse said it was sim­ply about the joy of Christ­mas. ‘‘ Our kids have grown up and so it’s lovely that other peo­ple get en­joy­ment out of it. That’s what Christ­mas is all about.’’

But it’s now never end­ing. ‘‘ Even to­day we’ve bought more. It just grows,’’ she said.

The cou­ple now en­cour­age oth­ers to dec­o­rate their houses for Christ­mas.

Check out page 19 for this year’s Christ­mas Lights Tour map, which fea­tures all the ad­dress for all the houses tak­ing part this year. Go and check them out!

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

FES­TIVE CHEER: Alan and Del­yse Dowling can’t wait for peo­ple to see their Christ­mas lights.

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