Jin­gle belle

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Sara Fitz­patrick

Christ­mas en­thu­si­ast So­phie Nico's lights dis­play is ready to en­chant young­sters this fes­tive sea­son. See her story and more in our Christ­mas fea­ture.

AS a young­ster, So­phie Nico cher­ished the nights she and her fam­ily tra­versed the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood gaz­ing at the Christ­mas lights.

She dreamt of one day hav­ing her own dis­play, and now at 23, she does.

“Giv­ing kids that same en­joy­ment I had as a child feels won­der­ful,” Ms Nico said.

For the past few years, she has dec­o­rated her fam­ily's Mun­ster home in an ar­ray of bril­liance – start­ing with a mod­est string of lights – but this year, she takes it up a notch with a greater spec­ta­cle fea­tur­ing a few crafty new items.

Her home­made pieces in­clude a Santa mail­box, where kids post let­ters to the big guy in red, a gin­ger­bread house and an ar­ray of colour­ful signs for the gar­den.

Stars, snow­men and rein­deer will also fea­ture among the lights this year.

She also decks out the liv­ing room with an­i­ma­tron­ics, train sets, lights and a huge tree.

A fam­ily af­fair, her fa­ther loves to get in­volved: his main duty is putting the lights on the roof.

“We get reg­u­lar peo­ple com­ing every year and they pick out what is new, which is kind of cool,” Ms Nico said.

“Deck­ing my house out gives me a lit­tle place to es­cape from all the stress of re­al­ity.

“It's just some­thing I love to do — a form of giv­ing back – and every year I plan to go big­ger and bet­ter.”

Ms Nico cel­e­brates Christ­mas Day with fam­ily at her grand­par­ents' home, in­dulging in a sump­tu­ous Por­tuguese lunch of meats, seafood, sal­ads and pota­toes.

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Christ­mas en­thu­si­ast So­phie Nico. Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

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