A retired Air Force veteran is hoping to spread cheer with a light display that grows bigger every year.
"This is one of the ways we pay people back for all the good things they did for us," David Grygierczyk said.
David and Donna, his wife of 30 years, began their display with handmade cardboard designs. That eventually turned into a light display.
"We went from having just a static display to having 193 channels and 42,500 lights," David Grygierczyk chronicled.
"It's a gift of joy, a gift of love that you can't explain until you start doing it. And then once you do it, you can't stop," Donna Grygierczyk added.
David Grygierczyk is the lighting whiz. His 24 years with the Air Force were as a civil engineer. Donna Grygierczyk offers assistance, but also contributes her own display of light boxes filled with animated dolls.
"My babies," she said. "I call them my babies, my pretties."
Her favorite is Santa relaxing in his bathtub, but that tableau is almost a tie with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in side-by-side beds snoring to the tune of "Jingle Bells."
David Grygierczyk made several tours overseas without his wife and kids and was always grateful for the kindness of others.
His favorite part of doing the display, and making regular visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus a part of the ritual, is seeing others enjoy it.
"The other night a little kid came out of the car and just run over to Mr. Claus, just gave him the biggest hug you could ever imagine," he said. "Seeing the smiles, the warming of their hearts. It's just extremely gratifying."
His one disappointment is that he isn't bringing that joy to more people.
"We live out in the country," David Grygierczyk explained. "We enjoy sharing our display, but unless you're from our area, you really don't know where we're at."
Now, you do. He's at 1290 Northeast 140, just east of downtown Knob Noster and just north of U.S. 50. The Grygierczyks will have the display up through Jan. 6 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until midnight Friday through Sunday.
In the five years that the lights have gone animated, David Grygierczyk has programmed choreography for 19 songs. Only seven play each night. Programming the lights for a single minute of music takes eight hours. The set-up each year begins on October.
Click here to see a video of last year's Christmas lights display.
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