Lighting up Christmas
After three wins in the local holiday lighting contest, it might be time to start calling Cory Rosenberger Mr. Christmas.
While Cory always has decorated his home for Christmas, it wasn’t until the last five years when he started decorating “insanely,” he said.
His home at 20971 Road 11 N.W. has it all. Inflatable figures. Singing trees. A lighted tunnel to drive or walk through. Laser lights. And a dedicated channel on the radio so viewers can enjoy the show choreographed to holiday tunes.
Why does Cory light his house up like his own personal electrical substation?
“I love seeing the people out here, especially the kids,” said Cory, who has four children of his own with wife Taran.
Cory and Taran Rosenberger are the 2015 winners of the Quincy Valley Lions Club’s annual Christmas Lighting Contest. It is the family’s third win in the past four years.
Runners-up were Jeff and Katrina Spence, 1096 Birch St. S.W., and the best decorated business was Casa Jalisco.
If you’re thinking about taking a trip out to see the Rosenberger home, first visit the family’s Facebook page. You’ll find it at Rosenberger Family Christmas Show. The page has been helpful in letting people know if the lights won’t be on for an evening, such as Monday when heavy snows made the road unsafe to travel.
Expect weekends to be busy, with people either driving around the property or walking among the displays. Oftentimes, people circle more than once, Taran said.
“We see lots of selfies going on,” she said.
Cory figures he has put up more than 26,000 lights. He also has 18 inflatables on the property (“As of now,” the ambitious Cory said.) New this year is Billy the Big Mouth Bass. The cheery bass sings holiday tunes while among friends who are tailgating at a lighted-up tailgating party.
Also new is the 20-foot “mega tree” that is featured in the front display. People are invited to sit around a bonfire that has a wonderful view of the mega tree.
There’s also a donation box on site. People kept asking if they could make a donation to help pay the added electrical costs, the couple said.
However, the Rosenbergers donate the money to a local family or to a program at the school district, they said.
After Christmas, expect to see Cory in the stores buying up on-sale lights to add to his display, making it bigger and brighter. Next year, he’d like to add a shooting star.
“This is all year round,” said Cory, who has the lights up by Thanksgiving each year.
As for Taran, she fully supports her husband’s passion for turning their home into a community Christmas display. He puts much work into the display every year, oftentimes working until late at night, she said.
“If you’re going to have a vice, let it be something like this that everyone can enjoy,” Taran said.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org