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Finley neighbors join forces to win Christmas lights acclaim

A love of Christmas and all things associated with the special time of year have kept Ray and Kay Semmens and neighbor Chrissy Wastle decorating their houses for a combined 23 years.

HANNAH NICHOLS December 24, 2013 4:18am

Chrissy Wastle proudly displays her awards after jointly receiving the overall prize for her Christmas light and garden display.


The Semmens’ have been erecting Christmas lights for 15 years, including a nativity scene in their garden.

When Chrissy started decorating her home eight years ago, it seemed only natural the neighbors join forces to create a brilliant glowing display.

While they don’t do it for the accolades, the joint display – at 96 and 98 Tocumwal St – earned them the overall prize in the Finley Christmas Lighting Awards.

They also won the Most Effective Christmas Themed House and Garden section.

‘‘We love doing it together,’’ Kay said.

‘‘It starts off Christmas.’’

This years, the neighbors adopted a barn theme for their decorations, symbolising where Jesus was born on Christmas Day.

Chrissy said the joint award came as a surprise on Wednesday night.

‘‘I have been told you need to have the three wise men to win – I don’t have them so didn’t expect to win.’’

Kay says the joints lights display will be something they will be doing for quite a few more years to come yet.

‘‘We do it for Chrissy, she loves it, and it is great to see people coming to look at it.

‘‘It gives people a lot of joy and entertainment.’’

Lighting Awards results:

Business in Finley – Finley Hospital Op-Shop, 1; Angels Be Hair Studio, 2; Finley Newsagency, 3; Murray Hut Clothing, highly commended.

Most Effective House and Garden, Xmas Lights – Mr and Mrs P Gray, 17 Wollamai St, 1; Mr and Mrs James Prentice, cnr Coree St and Headford St, 2; Mr and Mrs P Scott, 47 Townsend St, 3; Mr and Mrs P Evans, 7 Anderson St, highly commended; Mr and Mrs Ray Plymin, 3 Anderson St, encouragement award.

Most Effective House and Garden, Christmas Themed – Mr and Mrs Ray Semmens and Chrissy Wastle, 1; Edward Matheson, 6 Warmatta St, 2; Daniel O’Bryan, 87 Wollamai St, 3.

Winning Street, Overall Effect – East Warmatta St.

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