Nostalgia, faith spelled out in lights

Visitors to the corner of Old Hwy. 49 and Pine Avenue in McHenry may not realize the tradition being honored by Kevin Hines, his wife Corrine and their children.

Each year, the Hines family has added to their Christmas display and this year, Kevin Hines said there are more than 41,000 lights.

“That’s definitely a record for me,” he said.

Hines has fond memories of riding around as a child to see Christmas lights and he bemoans the fact more people don’t decorate their yards.

“My parents always put up lights,” he said. “Whatever we could do in the front yard. We’d fill it from post to post.

“I wish everybody would put up Christmas lights, even if it’s only 1,000 lights; that’s only 10 strings of 100 lights.”

While there is a small expense involved in procuring the lights and paying for the electricity to run them, Hines said the smile on a child’s face makes it all more than worth it.

Hines will string lights on any inanimate object.

From tractors to trampolines, anything and everything in the yard gets covered with multi-colored lights.

In fact, if one were to go observe the display, it would likely be a good idea to stay in motion while there in order to avoid getting wrapped and lit up.

The centerpiece of the display is a manger scene.

“That’s why I do it,” Hines said. “The birth of our Lord is such a powerful message and I want to share it with anyone I can.”

The display will stay up through the end of the year.

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