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December 22, 2003
Americus- To get as close as you can to the feeling of Christmas, take a drive down Willet Way.

 It's a land full of wonder squeezed in to about a block.

"I always wanted to do it when I was younger, and finally was able to do it," said resident Dwayne Smith, who the neighborhood affectionately refers to as the "exterior" decorator. "I just started buying stuff. It gets bigger and bigger every year."

When you look past the lights, you may even get a glimpse at a famous man in a furry suit.

 "They'll be riding down the street and I wave at them like that, their brakes will squeal and they'll stop and get out just like children," said Buddy Wilbanks, dressed in his Santa suit.

For no charge, this Santa's lap is open for gift request. He sees all kinds, like some who are chatty, some who are shy and all ages are allowed.

If you're near Willet Way, there's no telling what you might find. Like Santas of all sizes, or crowds full of carolers.

"I just love to see the smiles and relief on people's face, and that's what it is when they come by here," Wilbanks said.

So if you're still looking for feelings of Christmas, wander down Willet Way. It's a wonderland worth seeing.

posted at 10 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com