Halloween and Christmas are a big deal to the Jackson family in Havertown, writes Pete Bannan for the Daily Times.
Decorations adorn their Lawrence Road lawn and home, first in celebration of Halloween, then the Christmas season.
Their treasure trove of decorations is built on warm memories of past Delco and Philadelphia holidays.
Trish Jackson remembers her parents taking her to the Wanamaker’s lights display.
“We also enjoyed going to the one in Drexel Hill, the Pflaumers,” said her son, Rick Jackson , whose display included a life-size Santa Claus and reindeer riding across the front lawn with a case of beer in his sled. “That kind of inspired us.”
Rick works at the Bates Motel, Haunted Hayride in October.
Both venues inspired the Jacksons to build up their own Halloween and Christmas displays.
Jackson said they didn’t realize how much their display was doing the same, inspiring other people.
“Four years ago my mom passed away in November and we just couldn’t decorate,” Jackson recalled. “But the amount of people, neighbors who were knocking up asking if we were OK was amazing. We didn’t realize it was part of their tradition now.”
Read more about this family’s decoration devotion here.