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Culpeper Times • December 13-19, 2018
Garrett lights up Reva during Christmas season By Jeff Say Culpeper Times Staff Writer For years Nancy Garrett has been a light in the community, now she’s lighting it up. Driving down Reva Road, it’s hard to miss Garrett’s Christmas decorations at 14325 Reva Road they light up the night sky like a beacon. “One little boy came with his dad and yelled out ‘Papa, Papa, Disneyland,” Garrett said with a laugh. It’s that joy that she loves to instill with her giant light display - consisting of more than 60 inflatable characters and one thousand lights. Christmas hasn’t always been the most joyous time in her life when she was five going on six, her mother passed away from pneumonia, leaving behind a husband and four young children. Nancy became not only the big sister but also the mother for her sisters and brother. Shortly after her mother passed, a neighbor brought over a wreath and hung it on their door signifying loss. To this day, Garrett still doesn’t hang a wreath on her door or have a
Christmas tree - but instead she has one of the largest light displays in the county. She laughs as she points out she puts them all up herself, and this year it grew with 12 more inflatables. “No more, no more,” she says laughing, saying that it takes almost two weeks to set everything up. Her display came from grief and wanting to honor her youngest sister Bonnie, who passed away four years ago at age 64. Nancy spoke to her on the phone one night and then couldn’t reach her the next two days. Living across the country, her sister lived in Seattle, Nancy called her niece and said something was wrong. The sheriff's department found her dead in her apartment and Nancy decided she wanted to honor her with the largest display she could think of. Then, last year, her other sister’s husband committed suicide and she decided to go bigger to help honor him. “My baby sister who was very close to me was found dead in her house four years ago,” Garrett said. “I never could handle it, so I started doing this in memory of my baby
She’s not worried about the plumbing , heat or electric…
PHOTO BY IAN CHINI
Nancy Garrett, of Reva, stands beside some of her 60 Christmas blow-up decorations that adorn her house at 14325 Reva Road. The lights are on from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. daily. sister.” Now her yard is adorned with snowmen, Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, Elsa and Olaf from Frozen, Toy Soldiers and more. Her favorites are the 15-foot Toy Soldier, the Teddy Bear that gives hugs, the 16-foot Frosty the Snowman and Mickey Mouse at the piano, with Minnie Mouse adoringly looking down on her beau.
On weekends she stands out with a plate of cookies for the kids and a box of toys - each child that visits gets a special present to take home with them. “The people who have been here, it’s hard for me to tell you what they say, ‘amazing, unbelievable,’” Garrett said. “One woman was here the other night and she said she’s never seen anything like this.”
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