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One Man Spreading Holiday Cheer

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

December 20, 2005

There is just five days until Christmas, and one Charlottesville man is lighting up the night in celebration of the holiday. It is a man who goes above and beyond the Christmas spirit.

"My godkids got me started about nine years ago and then every year they wanted more lights and more lights," said Jeff Norford.

More lights they got. The house on Mountain View Street in Charlottesville can be seen from miles away and all the way from Interstate 64. The man behind the Santa suit, Jeff Norford, has decorated his home for years and each year it keeps getting bigger.

"I just have to top it every year. It's just something I have to do. Everybody likes it the way it is, but I just have to improve on it," said Norford.

Over 36,000 lights adorn this show here on Mountain View Street. While Jeff says it's a lot of work, he also says it's worth every minute.

"I did it for the kids and the adults are more excited than the kids. So everybody loves it and that just makes me feel really good," he said.

The show has attracted people from miles away and even different countries. All that see the light spectacular seem to have the same reaction.

"It's so beautiful. When I heard about it, I did not imagine that it would be like this. It's just amazing," said Jacqualine Hester.

"It's just nice and they have Santa Claus coming here," said Tyreek Raglind.

"It just makes me happy to see all the lights. I love the lights," said Lauren Butler.

After nine years, Butler says he is not getting tired. In fact, he is already planning next year where he hopes to top 50,000 lights.

"I'll keep doing it for years and years just as long as I can do it. And then hopefully my god kids will keep it up afterwards," said Norford.

Norford says he will be out dressed as Santa Claus every night from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. until Christmas day.


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