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Merry & bright
Kelly family believes in power of Christmas lights
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Like a tree falling in the forest ... if outdoor Christmas decorations are up and no one is around to see them, do they bring joy?
Ben Kelly of Slaughter Bend Road in the Irving College community says they do.
“I decorate my property for Christmas every year,” he said. “We live in the middle of nowhere, literally. People have asked me why I do this when most people will never see them. I do this for my children. They enjoy it. They get so excited when it’s time to turn on the lights.”
Ben and wife Linsey are parents to Annabelle, 2 and Noah, 3, and are expecting a third child in May.
Kelly began with 6,000 lights. Over the years, he has added decorations and lights, lights and more lights.
“I started out with about 6,000 lights that dance to music. I haven’t kept count, but I’m probably up to 25,000 or 28,000 lights. The best time to buy them is after Christmas when they go on sale. I buy as many as I can get. I bought 80 new boxes for this year.”
It takes a couple weeks to put everything out.
“If I had a weekend to dedicate to it, I might get it all done,” said Kelly. “That never happens. I usually get it done in a couple of weeks in between working, family and things we have to do. My decorations are spread over two acres.”
The Kelly home is visible from the road and is adorned with thousands of lights, flashing to music, as well as candy canes, nativity scenes, and three wise men on camels traveling from the barn to the home.
The historic barn is outlined with clear lights, with a large star placed in its eve. Lights line the surrounding white fence, making a lovely sight to behold.  Another spectacular sight is an archway of clear lights, large enough for cars to travel through, enjoying a variety of holiday tunes, and dancing lights on surrounding trees. 
“I do this for my children,” he said. “I’m going to keep doing it, but I would like it if more people saw them. I guess I’m inviting everyone out to see them.”
The Kelly family hopes many will come out to enjoy their display with the lights being on from 5- 10 p.m., and will be on through Jan. 11. 
Slaughter Bend Road can be found by taking Beersheba Highway (Hwy. 56 S.), turning left onto Hills Creek Road and traveling 2.2 miles to Camp Woodlee Road. A right on Camp Woodlee Road will take visitors to Slaughter Bend Road where the Kelly home will be on the right. One can, literally, not miss it, because there is a definite glow lighting the area.
Ben, who is definitely a child at heart, said, “It’s hard to look at a Christmas light without smiling, and I guess that’s another reason I do this.”