A very ‘green’ Christmas
Three Mile Plains homeowners take energy efficiency to heart with Christmas display
For nearly a decade, Reid and Debbie Swinamer have been lighting up their home for the holidays in a rather unusual way.
The Swinamers, who live at the end of a cul-de-sac on Swinamer Drive, an offshoot of the Three Mile Plains Cross Road in Three Mile Plains, use reflective tape instead of traditional electric lights.
The result: a display that only appears when vehicles shine their lights on their home.
“It gives me a good laugh. I hope other people get a good laugh out of it,” said Reid, when asked why he initially decided to pursue lighting up his yard in such a manner.
But more than that, they’re reducing their carbon footprint.
“It’s a serious joke,” said Reid. “You’ve got to look on the bright side. There’s no electrical. There’s no bulbs to burn out. No consumption of electricity, and to take it down, we just take a bucket and go around and collect them up.”
The display features a large train carrying Santa, a gingerbread house, several Christmas trees, a snowman and various other smaller decorations. The branches on the trees leading down their driveway all dance with light when cars pass by.
Reid Swinamer poses by some of the newer decorations that grace his lawn. His wife, Debbie, paints the displays and the pair have been using reflective tape to light up their yard for nearly a decade.