There's a house in Riverview that has so many Christmas lights you just have to see it to believe it. That's the phrase that gets a lot of people here, anyway. It usually piques their interest, but when they leave -- that is when they start to feel the Christmas spirit.
"They'll come 10 or 15 strong, the whole family will come and they'll come multiple times," said Linda Martinez.
It started four decades ago, and it's gotten bigger every year through word of mouth.
"A guy has a house and he puts a ton of lights up, so we came," said Amy Tranter.
It's more than flashing Christmas lights here.
"So much more. I can't believe that they have this. This kids are going it's awesome," Tranter continued.
There's Santa arriving on his motorcycle sleigh. Toys, too, for everyone, and food.
It's all free. Call it a gift on Riverview Drive.
"Children that were coming when they were this little are now coming with their children that are this little. So after 38 years, it's becoming a tradition for a lot of families in the community," Martinez said.
"I think it's wonderful," said Jordan Myers.
They lost track of how many lights go up, but they do count the popcorn by the pound.
"We're going to make probably 300 to 400 pounds," said Terry Martinez.
The power bill for December tops $1,800 ,and while they do accept donations, this isn't about the money.
"Meeting the people. You meet the people, you ask them what they do and I love it," Martinez continued.
This is, after all, his home -- opened up inside and out, from the front yard all the way around the back. Adorned with lights, but brightened by the joy of hundreds of strangers who stop by to take it in.
"It's just something that they do and they love it. We love it too," Martinez added.
The lights will be up through the end of the year, New Year's Eve. But the biggest night, you can probably guess, is Christmas Eve.
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