My next door neighbor Tom has a passion for holiday decorations. He goes all out, particularly at Halloween and Christmas. My Arranger had misgivings about all that when we moved in, but we have both grown to enjoy it. I have to…for sanity’s sake. He works hard to have the most decorations in our community.
Each year he invites all in the community to see the decorations and to bring the little ones to visit with Santa on a Sunday afternoon before Christmas. He and his wife Pam and their boys fill their dining room with Christmas goodies for the visitors. He asks families to make a donation…not to help with what must be an enormous electric bill, but to make a gift to the Children’s Hospital. One of our other neighbors plays a marvelous Santa for the children. He does it so well that for many years even his own granddaughter did not recognize him.
Over the years Santa has arrived in fun ways. One year he was on the back seat of an open BMW convertible. Another he came on the local fire engine. This year he arrived in a police car. As he emerged, he thanked the officer for removing his handcuffs, to the delight of the crowd of kids who welcomed him.
Please take a moment to share in the wonder of what I have to live next to every year:
To give some idea of the degree of my neighbor’s excellence in decoration, he was awarded the coveted “Griswold Award” by our community.
We can’t wait till next year to see what new things Tom will add. He’s already looking to see where he can add more lights. Why does he keep looking at my house?