Christmas Lights Continue to Illuminate Caldwell Tradition

By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

Betty Suehs says, throughout December, people have been flocking to her and her husband's home for one thing.

"Everybody knows we're going to be lit up," Betty said.

For almost 30 years, the Suehs' have decorated their home inside and especially outside elaborately to bring visitors and passers-by the warmth of the Christmas season. It is something that is equally anticipated by both Donnie Suehs and the public.

"I really look forward to it and I know the people of Caldwell and the surrounding areas look forward to come by and see my lights," Donnie said.

Donnie began creating his holiday display the day after Halloween. It takes him an entire month to have everything in place for the December 1 traditional lighting.

Every year, the display gets larger. In fact, the Suehs' Christmas lights are a thing of legend around town.

"The mayor once said that the town called him and said the lights were dimming, but it was a power surge," laughs Betty. "But he told them that Donnie and Betty lit their lights tonight and that's why we're blinking."

This year, the couple started a new tradition of dressing up as Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donnie says it is just another way to add to the wonder of the season.

And after it is all said and done, the Suehs' say they hope they have shared the joy of Christmas with their fellow man.

"We love people," Betty testifies. "And we like the season of Christmas."

"I hope that I brought some Christmas spirit to everybody," echoes Donnie.


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