MORRIS - Grundy Bank hosted its second annual Home for the Holidays Light Contest this year. A new tradition they hope to continue in our community.
“As a child, my parents would drive my sister and I around to look at Christmas lights.” J.R. Hock, marketing director at Grundy Bank said. “I have always loved this tradition and started it with my own children a few years back.”
Hock thought of the idea a couple years ago after watching the ABC 7 Christmas Light Fight and decided it would be fun to start one in Morris. Hock said in the release that she feels Grundy Bank represents community and as a child, Hock remembers attending the Bank’s Ice Cream Social’s and Spaghetti Dinners so she thought the bank was a great platform to start yet another community event such as this.
“We enjoy being involved so why not get involved at Christmas time,” Hock said in the release.
This year’s winners were Scott & Ashley Swanson who live at 2007 Locust Road.
From Santa in the window to the Christmas tree top coming out of the roof, the home is a must see. The winners received an official yard sign to show off their victory as well as a trophy and a gift basket.
“When we were kids, we both loved driving around looking at Christmas lights so we wanted to help keep that magic alive” said Ashley Swanson. “Though many people don’t do outside decorations anymore, we like to decorate so that kids can have the joy of looking at lights that we always enjoyed as kids.”
Scott Swanson had the dream of having his own Winter Wonderland, so over the past couple of years, they’ve collected some trees and lots of lights to finally pull it off.
It took the Swanson’s about 24 hours over a week and a half period to get their yard complete. The most time consuming elements were the “Merry Christmas” and “Joy to the World” signs. They had over 6000 mini outside lights and 126 feet of rope lighting and 19 lit Christmas trees.
The community was invited to vote for their favorite via Grundy Bank’s Facebook page where the top 5 homes were selected.
Those homes were then judged by members of the Morris Downtown Development Partnership who sponsors the Home for the Holiday’s event over Thanksgiving weekend. Honorable mentions also go to 1034 Kiersted Street, 116 Meadors Circle, 1620 Little Willow Road, and 804 Fulton Street.