Lights tradition remains at Fairfield West

FOR more than 18 years Gary and Noala Gifford have spread the spirit of Christmas in their Fairfield West neighbourhood.

Now 68, the pair put more than 20,000 lights on their Kendall Street home each year.

Mr Gifford said he put up Christmas lights for everyone — even those who did not celebrate Christmas.

"We see a lot of people come up to the house, maybe about 20 people each night," he said.

The house has a "Ho ho ho" sign, a helicopter, sleigh and an angel on the roof.

Mrs Glifford said that by the time it was dark enough to turn the lights on, they were only on for a few hours.

"We put our's on from about 8pm to 11.30pm," she said.

"I don't notice that the [electricity] bill goes up all that much, especially now that they are all LED."

She said it took Mr Gifford more than three months to put up the entire display.

"He did it for the children when they were little and now they have all grown up but he still does it," Mrs Gifford said.

"I just think he believes it is special because it's Christmas.

"And I think he is a very special man for doing it. We just do it for the joy of Christmas.

"There will come a day when he cannot keep going but he will keep doing it for as long as he can and is physically able to do it."

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