Lights release festive spirit
CHRISTMAS lights have begun to shine around the Tweed as the region embraces the festive spirit.
After a few years’ break from putting up his impressive light shows, Kevin Reece has dusted off his Santas and fairy lights for a comeback.
He said Christmas lights were all about fun and making people happy.
“I love it. The kids enjoy it. It is a lot of fun. A lot of people get enjoyment out of it.”
“I did give it a bit of a break, but thought I would have a bit of fun again this year.”
Santa has also ditched his sleigh this year and is now riding in Mr Reece’s mint condition 1962 Compact Ford Fairlane.
The big man is up the front driving with all his presents on the back seat, and the car has even got a reindeer nose and antlers.
Mr Reece said his display had been on for a few nights and looked “fantastic”, although it is a scaled-back version of the extravaganza he has put on in previous years – partly because of vandals, but also because of the big costs involved.
“I used to have Jesus crying in a manger and Santa Claus sleeping in his house.”
According to Mr Reece, one year he spent more than $400 just on lollipops for kids.
He is expecting carollers to sing on a few nights during December and is hoping a fleet of hotrods on a Christmas cruise will choose his home as a final destination.
He said he would like to see the old Christmas lights competition, which he has won in the past, return one day.
And when it comes to decorating houses for Christmas, Mr Reece says, the more the merrier.
“If everyone did a little bit, it would be a lot more fun.”
Mr Reece said he would like to see more done to encourage young people to decorate their houses.
The Christmas lights competition has faltered in recent years without an organising group or sponsor.Light up Tweed
The Tweed Daily News is once again running a list of Christmas lights in the Tweed area. It’s not a competition, just a guide to let readers and residents know where to find the lights.
It’s free to enter. Simply email your details (name and address) to: email@example.com with attention “Christmas Light.”
Alternatively, you phone them through on (07) 5523 6244.
We will then run the list regularly throughout December.