There are seven of us in the Downs family. Chuck and Kimberli, and daughters Lauren King, Kayleigh, Piper, Aubree and Addisyn. We also have five grandchildren.
For years now, we have simply hung lights on the house in a very simple fashion. Since Chuck retired in early 2007, his engineering brain needed something to do, so obviously Christmas lights were the next frontier to conquer!
Special thanks go out to Shane Davidson, who has spent 'mega-tree' day at the Downs household for the past three years weilding a sledge hammer for about 6 straight hours! It would be significantly more difficult without his help.
2 reasons mainly. First, about 2000 years ago our Lord gave us the greatest gift imaginable..... the gift of eternal life. This is a simple way of saying 'Thank You' to the Lord. No amount of work on this display could ever compare to his sacrifice. What's a few lights compared to the gift of salvation?
Second, Christmas memories are timeless, and we want to create special memories for our community. We don't really know why, but the combination of lights and music create a lasting memory for everybody who has seen the display.
Oh, and being a little crazy doesn't hurt!