The 70-year-old admitted he goes all out. Retired now after 22 years in the military and 21 in the Post Office, he decorates because it spreads joy throughout his neighborhood.

NAVARRE — Every year for the last 30 years or so, Tyrone Carlisle has strung lights on his house, bought a big Nativity that he shines lights on and serves as his centerpiece, added a sign that lights up to spell "JOY“ and placed large lighted reindeer in his yard.


The 70-year-old admitted he goes all out. Retired now after 22 years in the military and 21 in the Post Office, he decorates because it spreads joy throughout his neighborhood.


“I’ve collected stuff over the years,” Carlisle said. “It makes me feel good and I get a lot of complements.”


Americans planned to spend $61 on average on decorations in 2019, an increase of $20 over the holiday season 10 years ago. Overall the National Retail Federation found they will spend an average of $1,047.83 this holiday season, which is up 4%.


Trendsetters tell us the best lights are Santa Hat String Lights, Weeping Willow Lights, and strands of lights that hang straight down over an area.


Outdoors doormats, outdoor rugs, and cheery red outdoor pillows and throws create an inviting holiday scene, as well as an outdoor artificial Christmas trees.


Other popular outdoor decorations include inflatables, such as a 5-foot gingerbread man, a 5-foot snowman sitting down and a 6-foot snow skiing snowman.


A top Nativity scene is a lighted one with Mary, Jesus and Joshua, under a pointed roof with a bright eight point light on top.


Every two years, Kendall and Kathie Bush change up their outdoor decorations. Next year they plan to go to a Nativity theme from the Santa Claus town he has now. It has a 4-foot high “JOY” spelled out in red in the middle of the yard with the snowman waving next to it. Above it is colorful lights and big bulbs. A Santa Claus, “Let It Snow” street light and snow flakes hang down from the roof over the home’s entrance.


“I have a wife who loves decorations and I enjoy doing it,” said Kendall, who was baking Christmas treats. “We want Christmas to be festive. We try to depict happiness.”


Jamison Shafer Jr. enjoys helping his father, Jamison Sr., and mother, Renee, decorate their house every year. It’s a family activity they like doing together.


They put out gifts, candy canes, lollipops, Christmas trees and other holiday cheer.


“We spread out more and more every year,” Jamison Jr. said. “We want to make people’s years.”


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