By Kayla Carter
Bob and Lynn Carroll hope to light up as many faces in the community as possible this year with their first free community Christmas light show.
Decorating for Christmas all began for the Carrolls when their children were born.
“We would do a little bit of decorating outside together,” he said.
Lynn said their children loved to help set up the decorations.
“We love Christmas,” Lynn said. “I’m big on decorating. I love decorating the Christmas tree.”
As years went on, Bob said the tradition was passed on to his grandchildren.
“When they come over, we love seeing their faces light up,” Bob said.
And, that is why they are inviting parents and their children to their home for the first time this year to experience some free holiday fun.
“I just want to give back to my community,” Bob said.
The Carrolls, who live with their dog, Holly Noel, at 410 Lee Avenue, said they have been collecting and creating Christmas decorations since they had children.
“It has grown quite a bit over the years,” Bob said.
The Carrolls also enjoy making appreances together as Santa and Mrs. Claus.
“I’ve played Santa for 15 years now,” said Bob, who has also served as a Carter County constable for the past 36 years.
Bob and Lynn have formerly made appearances as Santa and Mrs. Claus at Roger Forbes’ light show on Holston Avenue.
With Forbes out of town for the season, Carroll said he wanted to fill in as the community’s Christmas season entertainer this year.
“Christmas is a great time,” Bob said. “It’s one of my favorite times of the year. It celebrates the birth of our Christ.”
In order to honor the reason for the season, Bob said he is proud to include a handmade nativity scene and church made out of recycled wood in his Christmas light show yard decorations.
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