The Hodges have been brightening up their Negaunee neighborhood at Christmastime with their light display for the last ten years.
"I just love it! I just love it! exclaimed their daughter, Lorrie Locey, who was visiting from Florida. It's Jesus' birthday. It's a great time to celebrate Christmas, and living in Florida--seeing boats sail by with Christmas lights isn't the same."
However, their beloved display is soon coming to an end. "This is our last year because I'm getting older now, and we want to do some traveling maybe at Christmastime from now on, explained her mother and the display TMs creator, Ruth Hodges.
This might seem like shocking news after the Hodges finally won a first place prize in the Marquette Board of Light and Power's annual Lighting Contest in the Child TMs Bright Delight category, but that TMs only if you don't know Ruth.
"I didn't even start off doing this to win! I started it off to greet the miners on their way to midnight shift, Ruth laughed.
Decorating their home with reindeer and snowmen year after year has come at a cost. It almost doubles their electricity bill; it requires frequent shopping trips; and it takes Ruth and her husband, Bob, over two weeks to complete, but it's been worth it.
"I think it's great! exclaimed Bob Hodges. I support my wife. She enjoys doing it. It's pretty, and we like it!"
It TMs not too late to see the Hodges' home all lit up for the last time. Families can visit them at 519 M-35 in Negaunee from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night until New Year TMs Eve.