Every holiday Christmas lights can be seen on some of the best and brightest houses around Michiana.
No doubt that Christmas spirit can be costly.
For one community, higher electric bills are a small price to pay because to them the Christmas season is about the spirit and giving.
“I love the lights as you can tell,” says Joe Kirkbride.
Every Christmas the Winding Brook resident throws on another set of lights to keep up with the Christmas spirit that surrounds the Winding Brook subdivision.
“You found out you almost have to out of self defense or your neighbor will look down on you!” he says.
He makes up for a lack of hand made crafts with a lot of lights.
“I just try to overdo it with lights and hope my electric bill or I hope AEP doesn't cut me off,” he says.
Over the years many neighbors have learned ways to cut costs but not the spirit.
“Its the flood lights that really draw the electric,” say the Martin family.
*And* the martins have learned a few other things too.
“We have to be cautious were we plug things in… otherwise… things starting blowin’ left.. circuits start tripping left and right,” they chuckled.
Plus its all for a good cause!
“It is very generous folks that have given generously and its divided evenly among the 9 agencies and the money helps them run their programs throughout the year,” says Donna Vorr, a volunteer with Angel of Hope.
So for Winding Brook residents don’t mind putting up an extra strand or two during the season of giving.
“Its a small price to pay for the two or three weeks ahead of Christmas… for people getting enjoyment… and of course the money we collect for charity,” says Dennis Martin of Winding Brook.
Last year, Winding Brook raised more than 20-thousand dollars with their Christmas light display.
The money collected is divided evenly among nine local charities.