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Georgia Christmas light traditions carry on after death, span the nation

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The tradition of decorating one's lawn with Christmas lights and characters span the nation from those of a Cantonsville couple in Baltimore to the Pye home in North Georgia and beyond. And while Joe and Pinky Roedig have been turning on their holiday light display for 17 years in Cantonsville, according to a Dec. 23 Baltimore Sun story, Georgia's Johnny Pye, Jr. has been carrying on his father's Christmas light tradition almost two decades since his father, who started the tradition, passed away in 1996.

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The Daily Citizen Newspaper says the Pye home landscape is decorated with thousands of lights, and many characters are illuminated on the lawn this time of year. And untold numbers of families enjoy the brilliant display as a result.

The Roedig and Pye families are but two lighting the way for those who wish to get in their car and visit such spectacular sights with their loved ones during the Christmas season. Christmas light loving families all over the nation decorate their homes each year. And that is one way to "light the way" from darkness and death to joy and peace during this special time of year. And while it is but a symbol of the light of Christ in a believer's life, it is still a light nonetheless. And children enjoy such displays of color and beauty, as well as adults.

Christmas Eve may be the last chance to see some of these light displays this year unless the home owners plan to keep them up through the New Years Eve celebrations. And some do. If you can't make it out in your car you can still peruse the light shows online by viewing the slideshow above as a courtesy from the Atlanta Top News Examiner, who wishes you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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