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Auburn residents share their love of the season through display

Other area homes shining bright for Christmas
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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’Tis the night before Christmas and all through the city, LED lights are twinkling and every decorated street is pretty. If you’re looking for a way special way to celebrate Christmas Eve, there are a few streets in Auburn where residents have embraced the spirit of the holidays right on their own front lawns. Holiday decoration fanatics Richard and Pattie Feicht of Auburn own just one of several homes lit up for the season. The Feichts have adorned their front lawn with multiple lawn ornaments in popular children’s characters including Mickey Mouse and Winnie The Pooh. Their house is covered in lights and the gazebo in the front of the house has a helicopter “landing” on top of it and a snowman family inside. There’s also a chair inside so passersby can take pictures with the snow family. To top off the season, Richard Feicht will don his Grinch costume and pose for pictures inside the gazebo from 6 to 7 p.m., weather permitting. “We’re just trying to spread the cheer!” Pattie Feicht exclaimed. Pattie Feicht said the couple has been avid holiday decorators for more than 20 years. They moved to Auburn two years ago and have continued the tradition in the foothills. Feicht said her spirit was recently dampened when her parents passed away, but her husband made the decision to keep their decorating habit going this year. “I wish my mom and dad were still here to see it,” Feicht said. “But it makes me happy my husband has such a joyous spirit and he wants to share it with everybody.” The couple said they decorate for other major holidays including Easter, Fourth of July, they set up a remembrance for Sept. 11, and, of course, decorate for Halloween. Pattie Feicht said the electric bill this holiday season hasn’t been “too bad” thanks to new LED lights they purchased. “We haven’t seen a big, big jump,” Pattie Feicht said. Richard Feicht said set up and clean up isn’t too much of a challenge because he gets a helping hand from neighbors. But he said the work is more a labor of love. “I love it – I really do,” Richard Feicht said. “I go back to being a child again.” The Feicht home is located at 8 Sylvan Vista Drive in Auburn, across the street diagnolly from Ikeda’s. Other Auburn homes to see include one located at the end of Carrington Drive, suggested by Auburn Journal online user abacus. The home of the Willicks on the corner of Foresthill Avenue and Oak Street was recommended by online users mizBhaven and asphaltjungle. Post your favorite holiday homes at auburnjournal.com. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment. ---------- Info Box: Auburn streets with holiday displays to see: - Sylvan Vista Drive - Carrington Court - Corner of Foresthill Avenue and Oak Street - Humbug Court ----------