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Christmas lights up Shepparton streets

Streets around Greater Shepparton are sparkling with Christmas lights and The News took a tour this week to see some of the best. Our Christmas lights feature and map is available in today's News.

KAITLIN THALS December 20, 2012 8:59am

Narelle Margus makes many of her own decorations.



Toolamba’s Narelle Argus said you didn’t need to spend a lot of money to decorate the house during Christmas.

The Argus family has creatively dressed their home with festive statues and twinkling lights for about 16 years.

Like many other families in the Goulburn Valley, even though their children have grown up, they continue to join in the festive fun.

‘‘It’s so nice to see people walking past and having a look. We like to sit out on the verandah and watch people go past and have a chat,’’ Mrs Argus said.

‘‘The kids around here love it.’’

There have been many creative additions to the front yard since The News visited last year.

To accompany the homemade timber reindeer, Mrs Argus has constructed a life-size sleigh made from twigs and metal.

‘‘We’ve also put red ‘Merry Christmas’ flags up the driveway, which leads to the rustic Christmas tree,’’ Mrs Argus said.

The rustic tree is made from an old, dead tree which has been jazzed up with metal decorations.

Mrs Argus, husband Ian, and sons Mason, 20, Dylan, 18, and Bailey, 16, spent one weekend hanging Christmas lights and propping up the statues.

Two Nutcracker soldiers stand tall in the front yard. Mrs Argus made those a few years ago from different-sized pot plants, paint and accessories.

‘‘We were a bit concerned after the rain we had the other day, but it all survived.’’

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