This Christmas, as in years past, Debbie and Brady Sasser will give just one gift to each other: the giant holiday light display in their front yard.
They started decorating about 14 years ago and the setup has since evolved from a few simple figurines to a dazzling extravaganza that covers most of the home’s exterior.
The decision to forgo gifts came as the display grew.
“We just kept adding and kept getting into it,” said Debbie Sasser, 60, a retired teacher.
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The Sassers’ home at 1340 Blanchfield Drive in Columbus is included in the Ledger-Enquirer’s annual roundup of holiday lights.
Debbie does most of the design and planning, while 62-year-old Brady, a contractor, takes care of the display’s electrical aspects.
It dominates their front yard Dec. 1-31, and the altered electrical setup at times requires a few sacrifices.
The couple’s 17-year-old daughter, Jade, must often blow-dry her hair in the dining room. This year, the Sassers watched TV by candlelight for two days.
But it’s all worthwhile, Debbie Sasser maintains.
“I love it and so does he,” she said.