Local decorations light up Quincy

This Charlie Brown Christmas display was a year in the making.

Terry Cook has been lighting up his house at 2320 Madison Street for almost two decades, and he does it all on his own.

"I'll work all together on it for maybe a week," Cook said. "Usually working three or four hours at a time."

It's hard to notice, but Cook actually scaled back on the lights this year, an option not everyone took.

"The newest addition is, I call it our jumbo tree," Keith Urbon, homeowner of 2304 Ranchland Drive, said. "It's all LED and fully programmed with different colors and you can actually see graphics up there, too."

Urbon is a chemical engineer and looks at holiday decorating as a hobby.

"It's just a way to give back and we're able to do it and a lot of people seem to appreciate it," Urbon said.

That's why Urbon has continued to put up his light display for the last six years.

Another household that is keeping the holiday lights tradition going is the Loatsch family, at 700 S. 24th Street.

"The displays were started by my father and he probably started doing displays 40 some years ago," Cheryl Loatsch, daughter of Louie Loatsch who owned the home, said.

When Louie Loatsch passed away his family and friends decided to keep his lights legacy going.

"It's something that we all love to do," Jill Schuckman, a friend of the Loatsch family that helps with the Christmas display, said. "It's something that we're use to, it's a family affair so our kids get involved in it and everybody just has a really great time."

Creating the Loatsch's display is almost a year long process, but they say it's definitely worth it.