Updated 12/12/2012 08:42 PM
Holiday light show to honor late friend
One man in Fulton County is giving the Griswold Family from "National Lampoon's" a run for their money. He's put up a holiday light display sure to get anyone in the spirit of the season. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, George Spencer's home isn't just festive because of the decorations, but also the special meaning behind it all.
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BROADALBIN, N.Y. -- "It's some of your favorite holiday music synced with the lights."
They twinkle, they shimmer and they dance to holiday tunes synced to music playing on your radio. More than 8,000 LED lights, each with its own place on George Spencer's Thompson Street home in Broadalbin.
"I think it's great for our neighborhood. It's a nice boom," said Bernardine Brooks.
Madison Spencer said, "It reminds me of when I put the lights up on my porch."
But the symbolism goes much further. Spencer took over the holiday tradition for his late friend, Don Edwards. Edwards had done the show for the past six years, before passing away from cancer last summer.
"We knew how much he loved it. We wanted to get it up this year and make sure everyone could enjoy it. That was his goal with the show," said Spencer.
And the best part is it plays more than 100 Christmas tunes, so you can never get bored.
"I see a lot of people drive down the street than turn around and come back put their radio on and I think they really enjoy it," said Brooks.
Viewing the show is free of charge. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in Edwards’ memory.
"Come on this street and find the house with all the lights," said Madison Spencer.
George Spencer said, "Hopefully this can become a tradition for families and we can carry it on for years to come."
For more information on the show, you can visit www.lightsonthompson.com.
To make a donation in Don Edwards' memory, you can visit main.acsevents.org/goto/lights.