Lighting up the night
This time of year – and every year – a steady stream of traffic slows, and often stops, in front of the Jack and Anne Vedder residence at 326 N. 16th St.
A plethora of Christmas lights – replete with several tiny reindeer – adorn the Vedder yard. And if you tune your radio to 107.1 FM, you’ll hear Christmas music that’s synchronized with the lights.
And it’s all the brainchild of Jack – with maybe more than a little encouragement from Anne.
Jack’s been doing the over-the-rooftop Christmas decorating since 2002.
“It grew,” explained Anne.
Ever hear the saying, build it and they will come? Well, light it and they will too.
“I’ve had a lot of people tell me it’s sort of their family tradition,” said Anne.
Jack added the music four years ago.
“It’s just a store-bought system with light,” said Jack, who estimates 80 percent of the lights are now LED – something that’s helped cut the previous electric bill by $30.
Oh, and those reindeer who are constantly leaning over to graze?”
“They’re store-bought too,” said Jack.
Jack layers lights to form the garland, making more of a creative effect.
“We’ve alway done lights. Halloween’s gotten a little bit bigger,” said Jack.
So how much work is it?
Well, Jack said it takes up to four days. Daughter Vanessa has helped, too.