KINGSBURG – When it came to deciding how to decorate their house for Christmas this year, the decision was easy for the Danny and Andrea Brady household.
“The kids love the whole spirit behind Christmas,” Danny Brady said of 6-year-old Brooke and 2-year-old Daniel. “They watch ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ every day. It picks up in September and October. I’m not lying. My daughter loves it and my son now loves it. They like that he realizes at the end Christmas is about family.”
The family used The Grinch character as the main theme behind their decorations and won first place in the annual Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce ‘Deck the Halls’ house decorating contest this year. The display is located at 2460 Howard St.
In Dr. Seuss’ 1957 book and a movie made in 1966, the grumpy green Grinch character scorns Christmas and even steals the holiday decorations and gifts of Whoville’s residents. Since the Whos are still cheerful Christmas morning, Grinch realizes the holiday spirit is deeper than decorations.
“At the end of the movie, I like when he rides the sled. His heart grows three sizes,” Brooke said of the character.
“And what does he realize about Christmas? Does it come from the store?” her dad asks.
“It means something more.”
The Bradys found an artist to create the board cutouts for the yard and Brooke got to help hold the lights her father put up.
“I told her to hold the lights but not the ladder. If dad started to get shaky, just run away. And she had the cell phone just in case. She definitely helped me put everything in the yard. She’s the magic behind the whole thing.”
Brady said Brooke had the idea of having the Grinch taking the lights off the house and to use lots of green lights in the display.
The Bradys also projected “The Grinch” movie onto their front window and set up audio equipment so visitors driving by could tune in and listen to the movie.
“All month long, you could listen to the movie and car after car would drive by.”
When Kingsburg Chamber members came to let the Bradys know they’d won, Danny said Brooke was super excited and is already looking to add more to the display for next year.
“It’ll be Grinch all over again with more trees, more lights and more green,” Brooke said.
The Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce, city of Kingsburg, Parminder Singh, Stagecoach General Store, Ace Hardware, The Mercantile, Bella Rose and For the Birds sponsored the contest this year.
The Chamber also hosted a Deck the Office competition and White Lily Day Spa took first place. That contest was sponsored by RPS Real Estate and Berman’s Flowers.
Although his display is not part of the contest, Gary Nelson also put up the extensive display this year that was first started by his father, Franklin Nelson. His residence is on the 13000 block of East Kamm Avenue. Laurie Pinheiro has helped update Santa and Mrs. Clause as the display is more than 50 years old.