Lights will twin­kle wel­come to pub­lic

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By AGNES HA­GIN

An es­ti­mated 150,000 lights - Christ­mas col­ors of green, red, blue and gold – will twin­kle a wel­come to hun­dreds of vis­i­tors near the home of Perry Net­tles, off U.S. 278 near the Fish Creek Bridge in Polk County.

The switch will be clicked on Thurs­day ( Thanks­giv­ing Day) to con­tinue a tra­di­tion Net­tles be­gan 32 years ago as a 16 year old while liv­ing at the home of his par­ents, Jean and Pierce Net­tles. The lights will con­tinue to shine un­til the be­gin­ning of a new year (2015).

Peo­ple are in­vited to see the drive- through dis­play seven days a week from 6 to 11 p.m. Vis­i­tors are asked to use the en­trance at 2540 Cedartown High­way.

Santa will be a spe­cial guest on Thanks­giv­ing night only. The tour is free.

This year, lights will form a lighted wel­come as vis­i­tors en­ter the drive to be­gin a tour into a won­der­land of the hol­i­day sea­son.

Near the en­trance will be a 25-foot tree, which now has lights that use less elec­tric­ity.

One of his largest build­ing projects was de­sign and erec­tion of an eight- sided gazebo, which is out­lined in lights. He added a Christ­mas tree and horses so that it be­came a minia­ture carousal or merry-go-round.

Fam­i­lies with chil­dren and grand­chil­dren can see dis­plays that in­clude a manger scene, choir singers, sto­ry­book char­ac­ters, the carousal, Santa, an­i­mated sub­jects such as a dragon or frog leap­ing from a lighted pond, candy cane lane, snow globes and more.

Net­tles said he has al­ways been in­ter­ested in Christ­mas and dec­o­rat­ing. How­ever, this idea was ex­panded when he saw the joy it brought oth­ers.

“It is my way of giv­ing back dur­ing the sea­son of peace and good­will,” he said. “I will con­tinue to keep the tra­di­tion as long as I can so that oth­ers can en­joy my gift to the com­mu­nity.”

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