- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

WEST BRANCH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 90-year-old man’s elaborate holiday lighting display at his home in Michigan’s rural northern Lower Peninsula illuminates the night as a tribute to his late wife.

Arthur Galea, patriarch of the G’s Pizzeria franchise, sets up the display each year at his home in Ogemaw County’s West Branch Township in honor of Sharon, his wife of 63 years who died in 2010, The Bay City Times reported (https://bit.ly/1UDA6x2 ).

“My wife always did Christmas perfectly,” he said. “Every tree, every ornament, every present she wrapped was just perfect. I don’t do this just to give my neighbors something beautiful to look at. I do this for her. I know she’s looking down on it with a smile.”

The display on his 80-acre property about 145 miles northwest of Detroit includes nearly 400,000 lights. Decorations are throughout his home.

Galea, a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, added about $4,000 worth of upgrades and additions over the past year. Heading along the dirt road to his property, the gang from Sesame Street, Garfield the cat and other fictional characters are lit up.

Stretched across the length of his house is a lighted sign that reads “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Speakers are hidden within the display, playing Christmas music.

Inside the home, each room has on a different theme. A recreation room, where more than 60 family members are expected to have Christmas dinner next week, has a porcelain Christmas village built underneath one of several working train sets.

This weekend, Galea plans to stay home and watch the cars drive by his home.

“It makes me happy that so many people enjoy the display,” he said. “And I know my wife would like it too.”


Information from: The Bay City Times, https://www.mlive.com/bay-city

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