LEESVILLE, La. (KALB) - More than a million light bulbs are twinkling this Christmas at the Sarver residence in Leesville and the public is invited to wander the magical holiday display.
It takes a crew of up to five men two weeks to set up the Sarver's Christmas light display in Leesville. (KALB)
After 40 years, Richard and Dot Sarver said the tradition is now being passed down through generations.
"The people when we first started came as children. Now they're bringing their children and some of them their grandchildren," said Mrs. Sarver.
"We enjoy having the children come out and they are able to take pictures and they just have a good time. The parents enjoy it too and we're so happy that everybody comes out" said Mr. Sarver. His wife added that if children put their return address on their letters to Santa in the red box by the train, he'll write them back.
The dazzling spectacle comes to life after Thanksgiving which takes a crew and has been lead by Daniel Cryer for the past eleven years.
"You're looking at probably about 300 man hours altogether," he said. "It's a crew of 4 to 5 guys and it takes two to two and a half weeks at least to get it all up. Then you've got to run power to everything and there are all the timers. So it's a lot of work but it's well worth it to see the little kids."
Although the display grows more elaborate every year, Richard Sarver said the message of Christ always shines through. Big white panels of Scripture can be seen from the highway.
"A child of God should be able to always bring forth Jesus Christ in any conversation if they have that opportunity. Jesus Christ said we're the light of the world and we shouldn't be ashamed of the gospel."
The Sarver house is about three miles from the Leesville traffic circle on highway 171. The lights will be on until January 2nd, from 5:30 pm to 11:30 p.m. every night.