Vandals have dented the Christmas spirit of a Levin couple who have been left wondering if it's worth the trouble of putting up their festive lights next year.
Wendy and Ian Natta have decorated their Dorset St home for the past nine years without any major problems, but in the early hours of Sunday vandals wrecked a Christmas angel Natta had spent hours making.
"About 12.30am I heard a bit of a bang, then I heard a laugh," Mrs Natta said.
"I went outside and had a look and noticed the angel was broken and hanging off the tree. I couldn't see anybody up or down the street."
The vandals had obviously tried to tear the angel off the tree, but in doing so they snapped it in half and broke the lights. Natta had made the angel himself, laboriously drilling 250 holes and threading a light into each one.
"I feel gutted," Natta said.
"Gutted and depressed."
Putting up the lights is not an easy task and, with Natta awaiting a knee replacement, it took him three weeks to get his display ready for the public this year.
"It's frustrating," Mrs Natta said.
"I don't know if there is a prize this year [for the best Christmas lighting display] but we don't care.
"We do it because we like to give something back and we love to see the looks on the children's faces.
"It's our time and it's our money and it's gutting to put all this effort in and then some scumbag does this."
- Manawatu Standard