Sharing The Holiday Spirit

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

There are those among us who wait all year for the Christmas season and when the leaves start to turn they start to plan their holiday lights display.

It is very easy for some people to become obsessed with the spectacle but many share their Christmas spirit with others.

Carolyn Lugert and her husband have invested a lot of time and money to brighten other people’s day.

Lights and trees and displays collected over 15 years or more are brought out on November 1st and the decorating begins.

Carolyn Lugert says, "They call it the Christmas house and every year we try to add more. I don't do any animated things all I want is lights, just lights."

Carolyn has plenty of lights, at one point 18,000 of them but there are more now. There are also flags for every state and the four planes that went down on 9-11.

Every display has special meaning for Carolyn.

Carolyn Lugert says, "I started a new thing now I'm trying to get hats and put Santa Claus hats on all the trees but that is something new I just started this year."

The Lugert's home is the bright spot in their neighborhood but it is the back of the house that is really impressive. It is there that Carolyn has decorated for the people driving up and down 144th Street.

She doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

Carolyn Lugert says, "I live it I love Christmas and all year long I look for new things to add to our display new trees, different arraignments, skates, sleds. I have skates and sleds all over."

And each one has a place in her heart and is shared with anyone who drives by.

Carolyn tells Channel 6 News she is the creative force for the lights while her husband is logistics.

He puts the lights around the top of the house and barn and lays out the extension cords where they need to be and Carolyn does the rest.


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