See­ing the lights fan­tas­tic!

All over the sub­urbs peo­ple are cre­at­ing spec­tac­u­lar Christ­mas dis­plays

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - LEILA SAMODIEN

CAPE Town’s aglow, and it’s no longer just Ad­der­ley Street that’s pulling out all the stops. Capetonians from Bothasig to Bishop Lavis are adorn­ing their houses with Christ­mas lights.

While most peo­ple are sat­is­fied with a wreath of holly and maybe a few fairy lights, some have gone all out.

Week­end Ar­gus pho­tographed homes in a num­ber of Cape Town sub­urbs, in­clud­ing Ravens­mead, Bishop Lavis, Grassy Park, Kens­ing­ton and Re­treat, all of which had been dec­o­rated with lights.

Among them is Gerry Smeda from Sil- ver Oaks in Kuils River. He’s dec­o­rated his house in Muller Street with a va­ri­ety of Christ­mas lights worth about R100 000, which he has col­lected over the past five years. Smeda put up lights for the first time in 2005. The next year, he trans­formed his home into a Christ­mas fairy­tale in the hope of rais­ing money for the Red Cross Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

He’s been do­ing it ever since, and in re­cent years has raised money for Tyger­berg Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal too: “I’ve raised about R94 000 since 2006. I’m a teacher; I work with chil­dren all the time, so it’s close to my heart.”. He raises the money by ask­ing vis­i­tors to make do­na­tions.

PIC­TURE: JEF­FREY ABRAHAMS

SANTA’S HELPER: An­ton Spamer makes fi­nal ad­just­ments to his lights at his home, 46 Cor­nelius Street, Bothasig.

PIC­TURE: JEF­FREY ABRAHAMS

ALL ALIGHT: 39 Van Riebeeck Street in Bothasig has re­ally made an ef­fort to shine.

PIC­TURE: LEON MULLER

HAPPY HOL­I­DAY: Allen Martin’s Christ­mas lights in 11th Av­enue, Kens­ing­ton took three days to set up.

PIC­TURE: LEON MULLER

EYE CANDY: Rod­ney April trans­formed his home in 3rd Av­enue, Grassy Park, into a Christ­mas won­der­land.

PIC­TURE: LEON MULLER

FES­TIVE FUN: David Davids of 13th Av­enue in Kens­ing­ton has dec­o­rated his home, and even the tree out­side his wall, with fes­tive lights.

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE

CEL­E­BRA­TiON: Gerry Smeda of 15 Muller Street, Kuils River, dec­o­rated his home to raise money for char­ity from vis­i­tors who make do­na­tions.

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE

HO, HO, HO: There’s no mis­tak­ing Christ­mas is here at Steo­bel Street, Ravens­mead, where lights have been put up to cel­e­brate the sea­son.

PIC­TURE: JEF­FREY ABRAHAMS

CHRIST­MAS CHEER: Gre­gory van Haght en­joys the view of his lights at 72A Spec­tra Road in Re­treat.

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE

JIN­GLE BELLS: This home in Comet Road, Bishop Lavis is all dressed up in Christ­mas lights for the hol­i­days.

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