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Extreme holiday light display

WAVERLY (KWWL) -- Lights, lights, extension cords and more lights.

"It's crazy," said Kendra Wiechmann.

The Wiechmann house on Eliasen Avenue in Waverly has more than 100 extension cords and more lights than anyone can count.

"Once we hit 300 boxes, which was 30,000 lights, I stopped," said John Wiechmann.

John Wiechmann loves decorating for Christmas. He's done it for about 20 years.

"My mother would give him presents for Christmas and it would be a Christmas decoration and he'd be so excited, just like a little kid," said Kendra Wiechmann.

Kendra Wiechmann married into the holiday frenzy, but doesn't complain because she knows her husband loves it.

However, this year she does have one concern....

"The roof is kind of a concern to me this year because of the PVC pipe he has up there," she said.

The roof is a scene right out of the movie "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Wiechmann is nicknamed Griswold. You're hard pressed to find a spot not covered with lights.

"We do it for the celebration of the season," he said.

Wiechmann and his sons start planning in January for the next year's light display.

This year, the lights are set to music. Wiechmann said it took ten hours to complete just one, three minute song. It's a lot of time and a lot of expense. But John isn't sure on the exact cost. He lets Kendra hide the utility bill from him.

"I don't look at the bill. She says it's not that bad, but she says it's not that good either," said Wiechmann.

Wiechmann just wants people to drive by and enjoy his display. All he wants in return is a donation to Toys for Tots and a happy and safe holiday season for everyone.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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