Kapiti Observer : December 8th 2011
45 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 REGIONAL OUTLOOK pix.ccn.co.nz To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: c c c c c Bright lights for a happy Christmas By MATT DALLAS Mr Christmas: Dan Comeskey has turned to the internet to assemble a Christmas lights community so fanatics and followers can track down local Christmas displays with ease. All lit up: Light spotters are enjoying the display at 41 Joseph Banks Dr. ' Last night a young couple sat in their car for 40 minutes looking at the lights. And it's young adults and teenagers, who you wouldn't expect to oooh and aaah over Christmas lights. ' Joseph Banks Dr is not the Las Vegas Strip -- but it seems nobody s told the folks at number 41.While most of us are still con- templating when to put up the Christmas tree, the outside of Dan Comeskey s Whitby home already pulsates with the sparkle and glow of thousands of lights. He enjoys the pleasure the spec- tacle brings to his family and the community. While a reporter was visiting, many motorists stopped to gaze for several minutes, while passers-by offered praise and amazement at the spectacle that took him four weekends and most of a week to put together. I m a Christmas nut, he con- fesses. Last night a young couple sat in their car for 40 minutes looking at the lights. And it s young adults and teenagers, who you wouldn t expect to oooh and aaah over Christmas lights. It s a relationship he wants to foster. Dan has set up a website -- ledxmaslights.co.nz -- to encour- age people to email him when they see houses with Christmas lights so he can put together a lights trail. Maps showing the locations of decorated houses will be avail- able to print. In previous years the Profes- sionals [real estate company] organised a Christmas lights trail so those who don t have any lights or can t afford to display the lights in this current economic climate could still enjoy the festive spirit. Many people commented last year that it was hard to find the homes that have lights in the area and they waste a lot of time and petrol driving around the region trying to locate them. The website is a quick-fix, with brighter ambitions for next year. We hope to link with local news- papers and radio in 2012 to get a much better site and trail avail- able with early publicity and some prizes of LED [light-emitting diode] Christmas lights to be won. Dan s light arrangement this season is by far his grandest yet, attributable to LED lights sourced from China. They would be $5500 to $6000 retail [in New Zealand] -- but it wasn t nearly that much. An importer by trade, he also has plans to turn his passion into his livelihood. I hope to import them and make them affordable for people. Good-quality lights that last. I ll look to find a couple of good investors. Displays were a lot big- ger before the recession hit. Hope- fully it will pick up again now. I want to get the prices down. 4236933AA THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS Coastlands Shoppingtown Ltd PARAPARAUMU Phone: (04) 902 9899 w ww coastlands.co.nz For many families there is a lot less magic. Each year Birthright run a toy appeal to assist families at what can be a difficult time of the year. This year you can help by • Placing a present under the tree located next to Paper Plus at Coastlands (also additional tree at Waikanae Library). Birthright Kapiti will distribute all gifts to needy local families. Thank you for your support in helping to make this Christmas easier.
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