The Griswold House of Jasper

JASPER, Mo. - More than 37,000 tiny lights make the Curtis Home stand out around this time of year.

"I get a little carried away, but that's what I love to do and I get a big kick out of it. If I could leave them up all year long I would...I am the (Clark) Griswold of Jasper," says homeowner Robert Curtis.

Robert Curtis has been adding to his Christmas display for the past 24 years.

"He's thinking about it year round, he's thinking about it all the time. We'll be going on our way somewhere and he'll veer off the road to go to a rummage sale," tells Robert's wife, Susan Curtis.

His honest inspiration for the Christmas forest and twinkling towers, Hallmark movies.

"I watch them, re-runs especially I love the old ones better than I do the new ones, but I watch them constantly," says Curtis. 

And certain features have a little extras significance, like a red white and blue tower for the troops and pink lights for breast cancer awareness.

Along with a few angels to remember those who won't be spending the holidays with them this year.

"Sometimes it can be painful you know with lost ones and stuff, which it was for me. But I kind of use the lights as kind of an escape more or less during that time of year," tells Curtis.

The hundreds of hours of set-up and a pricey electric bill for the month, are all worth it to when visitors come by. 

"For me it's great, but for him, it's awesome. Because it just shows that people recognize how hard he works and how beautiful it is. I mean it is beautiful. This is the Christmas house of jasper," says Susan. 

If you want to see the display, it's located near the corner of Bert and 4th Streets in Jasper.
 


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