It’s always a bit shocking to see those houses in the neighborhood that are decked out with Christmas lights super early, sometimes immediately after Halloween.
Well, for Bridget Bender and her family, the decorating begins even earlier, immediately following Columbus Day, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They have to start that early since they’re putting up the lights for the Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Caledonia, Wisc.
Bender, the general manager of the campground, her two sisters, her brother-in-law, her mother and a couple of nephews, are joined by just a few staff members every year to set up the one-mile long drive-through display at their family-owned park.
When asked what makes her family’s lights display so special, she points out the homemade nature of both the decorating process and the decorations themselves.
“Most of the stuff we have here isn’t commercial props,” Bender said. “When you drive through different holiday lights displays, you’ll see commercial lights stuck in the ground and plugged in. In a lot of places you won’t see the trees decorated like we do.”
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