Family enjoys putting on Christmas light show for others

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By Brian Slattery

Billy and Reba Lefler, and their son Terry have lived at the corner of Brookhollow Drive SW and Bricklanding Road SW for 13 years.


Their home is easy to spot, it’s the one with all the Christmas lights.

For anyone who hasn’t had a chance to see them, the family wants everyone to know they are welcome to stop by.

“We want a lot of people who don’t know we are here to know they can come and drive through,” Billy said.

The Leflers have about 2.5 acres in one block to spread out their light show.

“This is our family home. We try to do this for our family and neighbors,” Billy said.

The family has all kinds of holiday lights on display – a blinking strings of multi-color lights, Christmas trees of single colors, inflatables with and without moving parts, light-up characters and a nativity scene with angels in the trees.

“Thirteen years ago we started with one string of lights on the house,” Reba said.

“We grew and grew from there.”

A personal favorite of Billy’s is a weather-beaten Grinch. While it doesn’t hold much air anymore it is filled with memories as it was his late father, Billy Sr.’s favorite Christmas decoration.

His father’s death five years ago motivated Lefler to host a homecoming of sorts by inviting his family and friends to a pre-Christmas dinner so everyone can see the lights.

His mother, Ola B. Lefler, makes the trip from Salisbury every year.

While family is important, the Leflers like to think of everyone as family at this time of year, which is why they never tire of rebuilding the light show every Fall.

“This makes our year,” Reba said.

People have said to us, this is the only thing they will get for Christmas,” Billy said.

The Leflers welcome visitors to drive through their exhibition or stop and take a walk around.

Aaron Ward of Shallotte did just that last weekend, bringing his children Joseph, 5, Evan, 3, and Anna, 1, out to see the lights and swing on the rope swing under the big live oak that sits along Bricklanding Road just before the bridge over Saucepan Creek.

Reba said the young and old enjoy the lights the most.

“This is our way to give back. You get fulfillment seeing the stars in the eyes of the kids and the elderly,” she said.

This year’s design includes somewhere in the range of 100,000 lights, Billy said, adding that high winds and rain on the weekends kept the family from putting up as many lights as they can.

When the weather was good, the family members worked from late September through November to have the lights ready to shine at Thanksgiving.

They light up the property every night from dusk until about 10 p.m.

On the Saturday nights, they also like to offer a special treat and have Santa, Mrs. Claus and one of Santa’s elves come visit from about 6-8 p.m., so families can meet them and let the kids deliver their Christmas wish lists.

“If it’s cold, we’ll have hot cocoa, candy and toys for the kids,” Billy said.

Santa and family will make one more visit Dec. 21 before packing the sled for Christmas night next Tuesday.

We are lucky, blessed and fortunate. For a lot of (others) this is a time of need. But this is a season everyone can help somebody,” Billy said.

“We just want people to know the lights are here and they can come and enjoy them,” Billy said.

Brian Slattery is a staff writer for The Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.