Tyler and Tiffany Danley and their teenage children moved to rural Pierce City last January and they are serious about their decorating.
"I just retired from the military," Tyler said. "I missed my share of Christmases. I wanted the house to compensate of the years I missed."
The Danleys' ranch home is covered with around 6,000 lights. Thirty-five boxes of lights went on the roof alone. The family upgraded their circuit box to handle to load.
Decorating has been a Danley family tradition since 1999. They started at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., and continued at their subsequent homes in Tacoma, Wash., and San Antonio, Texas. One year they did a theme display of "Danleyland" with a variation on the "Candyland" motif, using a gingerbread house, gum drop figures and large lollypops.
Having spent several years in other homes, the Danleys had more familiarity with the house and where to set up the decorations. They admit this year's foray is a bit restrained for them.
"We spent two weeks checking the lights, figuring out where to attach the stuff. It took about a week to put it up," Tyler said.
Tiffany, who works as an assistant in the kindergarten classroom at Pierce City Central Elementary School, said she had plenty of feedback at work from people who had seen their efforts. Some called it "a star" visible from the nearby Baptist Church.
"We do it for the kids," Tiffany said. "Now that I work at the school, we do it for all my kids."
The lights go on around 5:30 p.m. and stay on until about 10 p.m.
"We'll know what we're in for when we see our first electric bill," Tyler said.
The Danleys welcome passersby to enjoy the view at their home at 3479 Lawrence 2217.