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The Christmas House

Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

There are several homes in Fielding that deserve a drive-by during the holiday season.  Aglow with twinkling lights, snowmen and Santa, they resemble a festive fashion show, courtesy of the neighborhood’s most dedicated Christmas designers.

But few of Fielding’s yuletide decorators have been at it as long as Karl and Barbara King.  Their modest, but comfortable home at 85 S. 450 W, virtually comes to life during the holidays thanks to their efforts, and the results draw carloads of onlookers, who eagerly “ooh and ah” at the merry menagerie radiating from the yard.

Dubbed “The Christmas House” by the locals, it has been a winter work-in-progress for the past 30 years.  In fact, Karl said, some of the decorations he puts out go back 40 seasons.  The light display all started as a way to impress a very young granddaughter, Karl recalled, and then, like an unattended batch of holiday bread, it has just expanded.  He would pick up a decoration here or a string or two of lights there to add to his collection.  He has lost count of the number of sets now involved, but he knows its a lot

“We have had to rewire the electrical in our house twice to have enough current to supply them all,” he said.

Holding a prominent spot in the front yard is a blow-up snow globe, given to them by their children about 10 years ago.  Nearby, a brightly lit train appears to roll to the motion of blinking lights.  Twenty-year-old shimmering icicles, “really tough ones,” hang delicately from the eves over the front porch, and a towering pyramid tree shines above a manger scene. Two hundred feet of lilac bushes along the side of the house are covered generously in net lights, while the back yard fence is also draped for the holidays.

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