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Wilson aglow with Christmas lights
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Wilson aglow with Christmas lights
Man decorates home to give his wife a storybook Christmas

While neighbors were carving pumpkins and greeting trick-or-treaters, L.D. Thompson was hanging Christmas lights.

"I started putting it together just before Halloween,” Thompson said. "I try to have almost everything up by Thanksgiving, but this year, I fell a little behind.”

Lights hang from the rooftop, line the back porch railing, wrap around trees and illuminate shrubs at Thompson’s home at 4406 Dewfield Drive North in Wilson. The display’s been an annual tradition for the last 12 years.

"My wife, she’s kind of like a kid at Christmastime,” Thompson said. "I try to keep her happy. And my neighbors love it. I work for them, too — for them and my wife.”

Brenda Thompson said her husband’s light show gives her the festive family Christmases that she missed out on as a child.

"As a kid, I didn’t have the greatest of Christmases,” she said, "so he really tries every year to make sure I have a good Christmas and keep my spirits up. For me, it’s a reminder of how far I’ve come.”

The Thompsons have four grown children and six grandchildren. Their Christmas stockings line the banister and a towering tree stretches toward the top of their vaunted ceiling.

Dozens of local families drive past the Thompsons’ home to marvel at the glowing display. Passersby stop for a chat or give a wave and friendly greeting as their cars creep away.

"It kind of puts you in the Christmas spirit, and all” L.D. Thompson said. "People will come by and say merry Christmas. I kind of enjoy it — it makes me feel good.”

Across Wilson County, families have transformed their homes into winter wonderlands with blinking lights, inflatable Santas, nativity scenes and glowing snowmen. The Wilson Times asked readers on Facebook and Twitter this week to share some of their favorite holiday home light displays.

Several readers nominated the Thompsons, and many wrote about Randy and Jennifer Tuttle’s music-synchronized light show in their Crestview Avenue front yard.

To join the conversation, search for The Wilson Times Co. page on Facebook and click "like.” Breaking news updates, story links, photos and questions from Times journalists will immediately begin appearing in your Facebook news feed.

On Twitter, tag @TheWilsonTimes in your posts and tell us where to find the best and brightest lights in Wilson County.

Read more about residents’ favorite Christmas lights and find out who’s been dubbed the Clark Griswold of Wilson in Friday’s edition of The Times.
A Maryland native, Thompson has lived in Wilson for about 38 years. He retired from Firestone’s Wilson plant and each year, he shops after-Christmas sales each year for lights to add to his display.

After more than a decade, he’s accumulated thousands. His collection includes more than the thousands of bulbs visitors see outside his home.

"I just kind of ran out of time and said, ‘Let me put up what I have,’ and that’s what I did,” he said.

Powering all those lights hikes up the Thompsons’ electric bill each winter, but they consider it a small price to pay for the megawatts of Christmas cheer they provide.

"It’s kind of high,” Thompson said. "The most expensive I’ve had was $996. That was three or four years ago, before they brought the rates down.” | 265-7821

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looks nice said...

Great job, your house reminds me of my grandmothers house many years ago.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM
NCmacASL said...

Thank you Thompson family!! My family and I have driven by your home almost every year during the holidays and have always appreciated your annual Christmas Display. Thank you so much for sharing the love to the entire Wilson community during the Christmas Season!! It is very much appreciated.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Hey!! said...

Those are my church members at Wave Church!!! What a nice thing for you to do at Christmas time!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM
ronkar said...

I too have enjoyed your lights for years. Its wonderful to see that some still carry the spirit and I know how expensive it must be. But your house is awesome and I always drive my grandkids by. Thank you for doing this.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Thankful said...

Thank you so much for brightening the corner of Tilghman and Lake Wilson Road...We enjoy it every year!!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM
a passerby said...

I LOVE the tastefully done lights at this home every year. They aren't tacky and cluttered, but something like a storybook picture. Thanks to you guys who provide the seasonal scenery to get us in The Spirit!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM kim said...

I look forward to seeing the lights each year! Thank you for spreading Christmas cheer!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:34 AM Thank YOU! said...

Merry Christmas Thompson Family.
I will stop by tonight with my kids.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:44 AM Erika said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE going by this house I get so excited every year taking my daughter to Dance - I know I will see it 4 times in one evening.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:44 AM Passerby said...

I love driving by your house every year!!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM Ashley said...

I love it!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:02 AM The Bar is High said...

Thank you so much for what you do with the lights every year. my kids who are 3 and 5 want me to decorate like you. I also add lights every year; however, your is perfect. We almost stopped and offered you money so we could take our family Christmas picture in your yard. You sure get the spirit going in us.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:36 PM Michelle said...

I live n the same neighborhood as the Thompsons and I love the lights he puts up every year. I know he works very hard to get everything just right. They are very beautiful and admired by many!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM
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