Lynchburg man uses his magical light display to spread holiday cheer to all who drive by

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — ‘Tis the season for decking the halls! One Lynchburg man is taking that to a whole new level with a light display that’s bringing in some serious Christmas cheer and lots of attention.

Every year, Anthony Settje organizes a light display, consisting of thousands of pieces, in the 200 block of Pawton Street.

Anthony has been organizing light displays since he was 15 years old, saying it’s been costing him a pretty penny.

“I start up about a week before Halloween and generally I’m out here pretty much every night for at least two to three hours up until I get it done. I try to have it done December first,” said Anthony. “In the last six years, I spent at least $1,200 every year, whereas last year, I spent $3,000. And this year, I spent almost $3,000.”

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He says it’s well worth it since he brings in a little traffic to the neighborhood and makes a few friends as cars slow down to speak to him and his parents, who own the home.

The family gets plenty of questions, especially about their light bill. Anthony’s father, Keith Settje, says their bill doubles in December.

According to Keith, he used to decorate the house with lights when Anthony was a kid.

“He was 11 or 12 years old, and I just decided to put up a few more lights than usual,” said Keith. “I think that’s what really inspired him.”

Since Keith’s 30-year-old son can’t do this to his apartment, Anthony sets up his light show at his parents’ house.

“One day he can do his own house, but he keeps saying he’s going to come back and do mine anyway,” joked Deanna Settje, Anthony’s mother.

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This year’s new addition to the display is SpongeBob SquarePants and a pineapple house that Anthony made from scratch.

He still keeps the first light display he ever owned — which consists of two caroling mice — as a reminder of the times he and his dad spent sparking a tradition.

The Settje family is using their display to bring a little extra holiday cheer to those in need this year.

The lights will be up from 5:30 to 11 p.m. each day until Jan. 1, 2022.

In addition, on Tuesday, Dec. 21, you can not only swing by the house to see Santa and get a picture with him, but you can also help the Settje family collect donations for the Daily Bread food bank.

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