SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - The weekend's nice weather can be a great chance to get holiday decorations up. One Springfield teen is decorating his parent's house for the fifth year in a row.
"This year, I have 60,000 thousand lights programmed and I have 50 inflatables," said 14-year-old Jaxon Baker of his Christmas display. He said he starts brainstorming ideas for his light show almost a whole year in advance. Next, he starts building things in the fall, followed by the set-up in mid October.
Jaxon has been doing this since he was just nine-years-old, saying he started out by helping his mom. Fast-forward to 2018, he's doing it all on his own! Jaxon talked about how people act when they find out it's him lighting up the neighborhood. "They're all surprised that I can do it at my age and some people, they have, like, came to the door and gave us stuff," said Jason. "Cookies from one family and we got inflatables from a lady."
While the lights and the inflatables are impressive, that's not all... the entire display is programmed to matching holiday music. This year's show is about ten minutes long and runs on a loop that people can also tune into on the radio.
Jaxon said it's not about the recognition. "I like building stuff and then I like celebrating Jesus' birthday," he said of why he decorates.
Anyone can drive by to see Jaxon's work through Christmas.The address is 4938 South Tujunga Drive in Springfield. On Friday and Saturday nights, the show is from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The rest of the week, the show ends at 10:00 p.m.
While it is free, Jaxon does welcome donations to help pay for the higher than usual electric bill. Any extra money is used to buy more holiday accessories for the following year's show.