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December 24, 2012

Express yourself: Holidays decorations bring out the artist within ...

Holidays decorations bring out the artist within ...

Niagara Gazette — One woman’s holiday project was inspired by the desire to throw a “yarn bomb.” Another’s Christmas display has grown more complex with each year, largely to entertain her grandchildren. And then there’s the computer programmer who spent all of the past year programming his first-ever front lawn light and music show. 

While some take a simple route to holiday decorations, throwing a few lights up here and there, there seems to be one in every crowd who takes seasonal decorating to a new level. Sometimes more than one.

For many of those who just can’t seem to stop themselves, the projects typically start out fairly simple, but then seem to grow into what family, friends and neighbors can’t wait to stop over and see.  

When Virginia Bax of North Tonawanda started her Christmas village 30 years ago she didn’t imagine that it would eventually take several days to set up each year and that her collections of holiday figures and her lighted, moving, little Christmas village, set out on a handful of long tables, would take over whole sections of her house. 

And it’s not like she’s got the biggest display ever. She had a friend whose display was once three times bigger. But, Bax’s display, especially the dancers and skaters and Elvis’s Graceland, inspires friends to visit with their own grandchildren, as if her home was an itsy bitsy festival of lights. “I like to decorate the house,” she says simply when asked about her handiwork. “And my grandkids love it.”

Meanwhile, Chris Bakula of Wheatfield, hadn’t decorated the outside of his home for the past nine years. But right around Chirstmas of last year, he somehow got inspired to create a holiday display at his Jennifer Circle home unlike any his wife and four kids had ever seen.

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