Lighting up a dark world

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Maggie Robinson

Kimberly Way, Hatfield

Covid got you down? The holiday lights can make that frown turn upside down. 

Covid has done its best to try and bring down people’s spirits this year, but the holidays could be the perfect solution to bring them up. Holiday lights are something that people all across America can enjoy during the season. We need holiday rituals more than ever before…and although the true best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear, good old Christmas lights never hurt anyone! 

Just like a snowflake, no two yards are decorated the same during the holiday season.

Valley Forge Road and Columbia Avenue, Lansdale (Maggie Robinson)

The classic look of white lights, wreaths and candles may appeal to those who are into the traditional style of the season. A time before projectors lighting up their house with characters and inflatables filling up their yard. 

Across from York Avenue Elementary School (Maggie Robinson)

Maybe you are into mixing classical white lights with a few goofy inflatables. The homeowners in the photo below make sure their decorations are on during the morning so the kids can see them before they enter school.

Kimberly Way, Hatfield (Maggie Robinson)

Now, imagine a house full of lights and decorations on the lawn that blink in and out as well as in sync with the radio.

I got the chance to talk to Brian Michael, owner of the house on Kimberly Way. He has been decorating his house for about 20 years. His motivation for decorating his house like this is from when he was a little boy. His apartment complex had a holiday decorating contest and he won. He promised himself he would have the best decorations on his block when he owned a house. 

Lights and blow mold figures are a crucial part of his holiday display. Brian displays between 45,000 to 70,000 lights, 400 to 500 blow mold figures and other various decorations every year. It takes him about four to five weeks to set up his display. He tries to have everything up before Thanksgiving each year. Brian said, “Sometimes you may see Santa on the roof on Halloween.” 

If you wish to visit this display yourself they are located on Kimberly Way in Hatfield. Brian requests you wear a mask and social distance if you plan on getting out of your car to look at the holiday display. The Michael Family does not accept donations for their display. However, if people do insist on giving money, he asks them to donate to the National Ataxia Foundation (https://ataxia.org/). If you would like to learn more about their holiday display, you can visit their Facebook page, Michael Family Christmas Display.

So grab your coffee or hot chocolate, fill up the car and take a ride to see the wonderful decorations for yourself.