Light show wows kids at Christ­mas

South Western Times - - News -

Peter and Glenda Mon­gan have trans­formed their Da­lyellup home at 93 Horni­brook Road into a twin­kling for­est of Christ­mas trees, with the aim of light­ing up chil­dren’s faces this fes­tive sea­son.

The cou­ple first be­gan cre­at­ing amaz­ing Christ­mas dis­plays at their for­mer home in Aus­tralind a decade ago, with their col­lec­tion of trees grow­ing to a grand to­tal of 77 this year in Da­lyellup.

“I spend a lot of time at op-shops and on bid­ding wars and peo­ple of­ten give us trees,” Mrs Mon­gan said.

Al­though it looks im­pres­sive from the street, the cou­ple en­cour­age visitors to stop and have a closer look.

“Last year the kids kept want­ing to run through the trees and the wires were on the ground so it was too danger­ous, so this year we de­cided to make a walk­way all the way through,” she said.

“A lot of peo­ple just drive past, but it is well worth pop­ping out and hav­ing a look.”

Dec­o­ra­tions wrap around the en­tire house, with a spe­cial dis­play in the garage and a stun­ning cen­tre­piece in the back­yard.

“Glenda said she wanted the home tree from Avatar, so I built one,” Mr Mon­gan said.

“It is all bits and pieces of a dead tree from Ro­tary Park.”

The en­tire set-up took a month to cre­ate, with the three gi­ant light trees on the roof re­quir­ing five hours of work each. The lights are flicked on from 7pm to 9.30pm on week nights, with the lights stay­ing on an hour later on the week­ends.

To en­sure all chil­dren have the chance to en­joy the dis­play, the cou­ple switch all of their flick­er­ing lights to still on a Fri­day night to ac­com­mo­date chil­dren with epilepsy or sen­sory is­sues.

This year the cou­ple are col­lect­ing do­na­tions for the Bun­bury Soup Van.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Glenda and Peter Mon­gan­have dec­o­rated their Da­lyellup home with no less than 77 Christ­mas trees.

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