Quincy holiday decorations shining 57 years strong
Quincy, Illinois —
Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays.
Families driving by a certain house on south 24th Street in Quincy know that feeling all too well.
This week's Spirit of the Tri-States report brought to you by Continental Cement and Green America Recycling shows you an inside look at a Christmas tradition shining brightly 57 years later.
The house at 24th Street and Payson Avenue changed ownership about two years ago for the first time in almost 60 years.
Now a new family is keeping the previous owners' holiday decorations up and moving.
"It's a Quincy tradition. You have to do it," Home owner Kyle Krohn said. "You just have to."
"So many people in the community would miss it if it didn't go up each year, so we enjoy being able to be a part of it," Home owner Amy Krohn explained.
It all started in 1960 with the house's previous owners, Louis Loatsch and his wife, Mary Lou.
"My father was very creative," Holiday decorations organizer Cheryl Loatsch said. "He had originally been a display manager for a department store. Christmas was a huge part of what you do when you're in retail."
The original display started with these reindeer,which are now 67 years old.
"He enjoyed and loved children," Loatsch explained. "He would get a kick out of sitting on that front porch hour after hour and watching the families go by and the kids be delighted by whatever it was that he had created."
Louie and Mary Lou are not with us anymore, but their holiday spirits are alive and well with cars stopping every minute to get a glimpse.
Kyle Krohn is the man behind the motorized displays.
His son, Evan, has never been more excited with his dad's work.
"Whenever I go to school, it's just like all my friends are just talking about it and like giving good reviews," Evan Krohn explained. "I mean it's pretty cool and also like he could teach me some of it so that way if it continues, I could do it, too."
"It's nice to know that even when I'm away at college, Christmas is still here at home," Nora Krohn said.
"The display represents to most people what is so special about childhood and what's so special about the holidays," Loatsch said. "That's what it's all about."
The holiday display takes about a dozen people to make it possible too many to name.
That group meets a year in advance to start planning for the following Christmas.
The displays change from year to year requiring a lot of painting, mechanics and other labor.