By Adam Brazeau CORNWALL, Ontario – Roger Leger has mastered the craft of spreading holiday cheer. His home is a shining example for those who can't find their Christmas spirit.
With upwards of 10,000 Christmas light bulbs on his property and a Santa's village complete with reindeers, sled and all, it's a spellbinding nightscape.
Two massive trees covered in 4,000 bulbs each and his North Pole displays are a constant attraction to passersby and annual spectators.
"I get so many compliments, it keeps me outdoors and it puts people in the spirit of Christmas," said Leger.
For 29 years, he has turned his house into a winter wonderland. The holiday makeover takes three weeks to complete. This year he reduced the amount of shine and decor just a tad. But with all the lights and Christmas characters still up it can still be seen from blocks away.
"The Glen Stor Dun Lodge bus tours really stick out for me," he said. "And now I have grandkids to share it with."
Leger enjoys when people stop to marvel at all of the lights. The feedback has been extremely positive. But there's always a Scrooge or Grinch that has to try and ruin Christmas. Three reindeers and a snowman were jacked from his lawn five years ago. Now Santa's helpers are on lockdown.
His wife Nicole enjoys the warm glow in their windows and the joy it brings to people every year. Leger's cherished pastime is also an annual source of clutter that can turn Christmas time into an overload of tiny figurines, decorations and noises.
"I love Christmas but I can't stand the mess," said Nicole. "It does make people extremely happy so it makes us happy too."
Those interested in seeing Leger's house of lights are asked to visit the corner of Walton Street and Gardner Avenue in Cornwall.