Christmas lights a labour of love

Jan Robertson’s house at 123 Barr St, Kenmure. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON
Jan Robertson’s house at 123 Barr St, Kenmure. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

A Kenmure woman is helping to light up Barr St and wants to see more people doing the same.

Jan Robertson and son Hayden (8) have decorated  their Barr St home. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON
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Jan Robertson and son Hayden (8) have decorated their Barr St home. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

For the past six years, Jan Robertson has spent about two days decorating the outside of her family home in coloured lights to celebrate Christmas.

The lights adorn her fence, front garden, balcony and windows and a blow-up Santa is nestled in the garden.

Mrs Robertson said decorating the two-storey house was "not the easiest'', but she managed.

"I just love it.''

Each year people drove past especially to look at the decorations and the week before Christmas was the busiest time.

She tried to go "bigger and better'' each year, and replaced the lights that wore out.

The family has been living in the Barr St home since September last year, and lived in Isadore Rd before that - which Mrs Robertson also decorated.

Because most of the lights were LEDs, she did not notice much of a difference to her power bill.

"Even if it did, I would not really mind."

The decorations will come down on Boxing Day.

Mrs Robertson said it would be nice to see more people decorating their homes in lights.

"It would be great to see more and more ... It's magical.''

JESSICA.WILSON @thestar.co.nz

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