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Couple creates town of Christmas lights, displays

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BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - A Bulloch County couple continues their incredible Christmas tradition. They've built a small town on their farm and illuminate it through the month of December.

A line of cars waited to take the nighttime ride through Roy and Deborah Thompson's farm. Each year, the couple, their children and grandchildren create a two-mile tour of Christmas lights and holiday displays.

"We start around the first of October. It takes around nine weeks to get it out. It's a family affair. We get out here at night, on the weekend to get it decorated," said co-owner Roy Thompson.

Eight years ago, the family began illuminating every path and corner of their property to celebrate Christmas with help from every hardware store in town.

"We have friends who tell us, 'We went to get extension cords,' and they're told, 'they're all gone because the Thompsons or McCranies have them all,'" said co-owner Deborah Thompson.

The biggest addition came when they built storefronts for an entire western town. Visitors can park and walk through and wonder how or why the Thompsons go to all this trouble.

"They say he just likes to give back to the community, and I think that's really nice," said Jan Wilson of Millen.

The Thompsons western town comes complete with a chapel.

The town's train horn and a sensor count the hundreds of cars that visit each night. The Thompsons accept can good donations from visitors to help those in need during the Christmas season. This year they're helping nearly 150 families.

"We get our enjoyment just watching people ride out of here saying thank you and God bless you.

That kind of gratitude makes all the work worthwhile," Roy Thompson said.

The Thompsons turn on the lights at 6 p.m. and leave them on until 11 p.m. The display's last night this year will be Dec. 29.

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