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Shiner woman goes all out with annual Christmas display

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Dec. 11, 2010 at 6:11 a.m.

Marie Peoples has been decorating her home for Christmas for the past seven years. Every year, she keeps adding more lights and more characters to her front yard. Now she even plays music from John Denver. Her electricity bill comes about 105 from mid December to January.

SHINER - Marie Peoples stretched as far as she could to hang the Christmas lights from the roof of her Lavaca County home.

"There's not a light in the yard, I didn't put up myself. Sometimes I have to use a 16-foot ladder to reach everything," she said matter-of-factly. "I'd put something up, go to the road and look at it."

Peoples' home and yard on state Highway 95 between Shiner and Yoakum is a beacon during the holidays with hundreds of lights, lawn displays, ornaments and other signs of the season. Holiday music also blares from two speakers near the roadway.

She sands and paints the plywood herself for some of the signs in the yard.

Peoples moved to her home in 1997.

"The decorating started off a little bit at a time. The last six or seven years, it's just gotten bigger and bigger," she said.

Peoples said it is not unusual for dozens of people to stop every night to admire the decorations. The admirers increase when the area schools let out for the holidays, she said.

"When people come by and take photographs, it makes my day. It tells me they enjoy it," she said.

"I just love Christmas and I love the kids," said the 68-year-old, who has a "live" Santa Claus visit her home the week before Christmas. Relatives and friends bring their children over to see Santa and enjoy the decorations.

Peoples said her favorite is the Nativity scene, because it conveys the true meaning of Christmas.

Asked if she knew how may different displays she had, Peoples said, "Oh Lord no! People just give me something and I put it out there."



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