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Couple creates Christmas Wonderland

December 8, 2002

Albany- "We've got to get done with this," says Tom Duncan as he looks at his Christmas decorations. But if you took a look at the Duncan's house you might think they were already done.

"There are probably 25 to 30, 000 lightbulbs out here. We've got about 200 extension cords," adds Duncan.

Tom and Jo Duncan's outdoor Christmas decorations have stopped traffic for years, and every December the display gets bigger and bigger.

"It finally becomes the fact that if you don't do it, your friends will call up and say how come you're not doing it, so you almost get locked in," explains Tom.

The Duncan's spend about 200 dollars for decorations after Christmas each year, when they are half price. But its the homemade things that are most dear to them, like a huge wooden snowman Tom made 25 years ago.

If you think the outside of the Duncan's home is a sight, you'll be amazed when you walk through their front door. Christmas decorations are literally spilling out of every corner of every room in the house...even the bathrooms.

They've been working on the inside since October 1st. Jo Duncan has tons of Santas, snowmen, and reindeer. Hundreds of ceramic figurines fill the rooms, and they all have one thing in common Jo made them.

With all the lights, moving Santas, and musical figures the Duncans say their winter electricity bill isn't really that expensive. In fact, Tom says it's well worth the couple hundred dollar increase on their December and January bills.

Tom and Jo say they will be completely finished decorating by the end of the week. For about three weeks they will rest, and then get ready to pack up every light, and every ornament until next year.

The Duncan's say New Year's is when they begin to take everything down, and it takes them about 5 months to put it all away.

If you want to drive by the house, its at 2126 Whispering Pines Road.

Posted at 6:00 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com