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Christmas grinch strikes destroying family’s light-up

Goody Smith is angry after some of her Christmas decorations in her lights display were vandalised overnight.
Goody Smith is angry after some of her Christmas decorations in her lights display were vandalised overnight. Blainey Woodham

IT seems Tweed has its very own Christmas grinch.

Goody and Jim Smith, of Tooloona Ave Banora Point, love to see the excited look on families' faces as they visit the couple's festive wonderland.

And people love the Smith's lights, often packing the small street with cars and foot traffic to catch a glimpse of the vast array of brilliant solar lights and lifesize Christmas figures.

The Smiths have even attracted busloads of elderly Tweed residents, keen to see the heartwarming spectacle for themselves.

But on Sunday night someone took exception to the charity-driven display, ripping down lights and scattering figures across the road in a chaotic fashion.

"It's like they've wandered past and just started pulling handfuls of lights," Mrs Smith said.

It must of happened after 11pm when we weren't watching over things.

"I was devastated when I saw it all lying there in the morning."

The Smiths have plastered their home with lights for nine years, both at their current home and their previous residence in Palm Beach.

This was the first time the couple has experienced any malice directed towards their charismatic Christmas cheer.

"One day we just started putting the lights up and then we saw the kids faces as they walk in and just go 'wow...wow'," Mrs Smithsaid.

"Now we've got the garage full of toys for the kids to play with and we've already gone through about 140 AAs and 100 AAAs (batteries).

"We just want kids and families to enjoy it."

The Smiths began collecting unprompted donations for the Starlight Children's Foundation after people kept offering them funds for electricity costs.

Considering the good spirit and charitable cause the Smiths promote, the vandalism hit particularly hard.

"They must have a really sad life," Mrs Smith said.

"Why else would you destroy something that makes people happy.

"It looks like it was an act of malice and hopefully now they've got their temper under control."

The Smith's rush home from work every night to switch the lights on for excited guests and are basically trapped at home all December.

Still, the couple enjoy their attention grabbing display and the joy it brings and say the one-off act will not dampen their Christmas spirit.

Tweed Police were called and told Mrs Smith they would be regularly patrolling the area.

At least they have a pleasant drive though, with Mrs Smith saying police were blown away by the scope of the display.

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