Brightest Lights In Perry County

By: Amy Walker Email
By: Amy Walker Email

'Tis the season for candy canes, Christmas trees, Santa Claus and reindeer. One Perry County family has everything that makes you think Christmas, right in their front yard!

It's Christmas time at the Napier house. But Sherman Napier says the holiday season technically began about a month ago because that's how long it takes him to create one of the brightest Christmas displays in Perry County. He's been lighting up his home on Highway 15 for more than a decade.

"We had several things the first year, and then we kept adding on. It just kept getting bigger, about too big," Napier said.

And just how many lights does it take?

"That tree there's got five thousand lights on it, that one tree. There are fifty sets of lights on it. I counted them the other day," he said.

And each of the round balls has at least a hundred lights. Add those to the countless twinkling lights on reindeer, candy canes, and trees and well, your guess is as good as mine!

Napier says the hundreds of bulbs really light up his electric bill too!

"Last December was pretty terrible," he said.

But he says it's worth the price to see smiles from hundreds of people who stop by for some Christmas cheer.

"I see a reindeer! I see a snowman," said Madison Grigsby.

"It's amazing to see how much effort and how much work they put into this place. Just to sit and look at the lights, and enjoy it, it makes me feel more like Christmas," said Anthony Dunn.

Napier says he and his wife, Rutheen, stay so busy outside, that they haven't even put up a tree inside the house this year. And when he thinks about next year..

"Oh lord, here we go again," he said.

But if you drive by the Napier house this December, you'll definitely come away with some holiday cheer.

Napier says he leaves the lights on every night until about 10 pm. He says he has to turn them off so he can get some sleep!

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