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Letting go of the Grinch in you

Bah humbug. You’re not supposed to feel that way this close to Christmas but I did resemble the Grinch a little on Tuesday until a handful of people on Inverrary Drive gave me the dose of Christmas spirit I was needing.
Upon driving down that street you can’t help but feel the Christmas season in full force because homes like those of C.W. and Rhonda Woodard, Kirk, Jackie, Jared and Kaleigh Wright and Harold and Jeanie Blake.

Their homes are lined with lights and wreaths in the window. You’d be hard pressed to find a lawn decoration out there that isn’t present in at least one of their yards — think the Griswold family in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” only much more organized.

More impressive than the number of beautiful lights and the fact that they’re arranged in a way that makes them cheery and bright is the people behind the décor.

The Woodard’s, the Wright’s and the Blake’s were oozing with Christmas season and child-like excitement at the way they had transformed their street.

They even dressed up and passed out candy canes to promote holiday spirit.

Their passion for creating a spirit-filled Christmas tribute that spans much of the street is infectious and reminds me of what Christmas should be.

Not an over-materialized holiday with shoppers exhausted from braving large crowds to purchase gifts that they’re hating Christmas before it even arrives, but a group of neighbors getting together to decorate and promote good cheer all while enjoying fellowship with one another.

The entire group was welcoming and joyous. They were thrilled to share their efforts with me or anyone else that might drive by.
This is made all the more impressive considering the fact that for years they’ve had trouble with vandals in the neighborhood disturbing their holiday tributes.

Their spirit-filled yards of light certainly don’t come cheap and it’s such a sad sign of the times that neighborhood and area children don’t have any more respect for other people and their property than that.

Nevertheless the cheerful gang on Inverrary Drive doesn’t get discouraged they just keep pushing the Christmas spirit.
If you’re in need of a jolt of holiday cheer take a drive down Inverrary and try not to smile.

Kacy Hibdon has an appreciation for Christmas lights and the effort it takes to deck the halls each year. She is a staff writer for the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at kacy@ennisdailynews.com.

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