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Last updated 07:32 31/01/2013
Jack Jansen
Scott Hammond

Spirit of Christmas: Jack Jansen of Redwoodtown wants to say thanks to the person who has helped pay for the electricity consumed by his Christmas light display, including this Santa on a Bike bought at a garage sale last year.

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Retired Blenheim couple Jack and Nell Jansen of Redwoodtown were thrilled to find an anonymous cheque in their mailbox on Sunday, a donation towards the cost of power used by their Christmas lights.

The Jansens celebrate Christmas each year by covering their Westhaven Pl home with about 9000 lights and surrounding it with 12 lit-up displays.

The tradition began eight years ago when their visiting grandson gained so much pleasure from Christmas displays around Blenheim.

Mr Jansen expected the lights would add about $100 to his next power bill and the cheque would cover a good proportion of that cost, he said.

In a note with the cheque, the donor said they hoped God would bless the Jansens for sharing their Christmas lights with them.

Every year his wife said "no more lights" but every year they added to the display, Mr Jansen said.

This year's addition was laser lights projected onto their wall, resembling a giant moving kaleidoscope. He found the lights in a market on a visit to Holland.

Most of the purchases were made at garage sales and second-hand-shops, Mr Jansen said. As a retired engineer and auto-electrician, he was often able to get broken lights working.

"Last year $80 at a garage sale got us quite extensive cords of lights," he said.

Putting up the display took about 5 weeks but watching children playing in the laser lights in the garden made all the effort worthwhile, Mr Jansen said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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