Lighting up the holidays with decorations

Saachi Kuchu, Producer

There are stirring creatures, mailboxes for Santa, lights on the house, and lights around the lawn.

With a total of 25 Christmas themed inflatables, journalism teacher Brian Higgins doesn’t hold back on the winter decorations at home.

“Growing up, my mom just didn’t have the money to buy a lot of outside decorations,” Higgins said. “So when Owen and Piper were small kids, I knew I wanted to at least fill to give them some Christmas lights.”

The decorating process begins in early Nov. when the house lights are installed by a local company.

From there, Higgins, and his 14-year-old son, Owen, get to work.

“I think he does a little too much, but I like it. I like putting up the Christmas stuff,” Owen Higgins said. “You know, I like Christmas time, and I like the lights, and it gets me off my phone.”

It’s a labor of love for Higgins, with his daughter Piper, the biggest fan of decorations.

“It’s really colorful, and it just brings back, like, a lot of memories from whenever we started doing it,” Piper Higgins said. 

Higgins knows his holiday decorations are over the top, but come Dec. 26, he’s planning on hitting the stores searching for super discounts on new additions. And no matter how much he spends, it will be worth it to him.

“Every time I think I have a problem and I come outside at night and just look at the decorations, it makes me smile,” Higgins said. “I know it’s a bit too much, but it puts a smile on my face. And I think it puts smiles on other people’s faces because I see cars drive by, roll down the window, and I see a lot of little kids look at them.”