Family donates popular handmade Christmas display to Osseo community

- Bruce Smith said after his dad George passed away and his mom Laura moved into senior living, no one in the family wanted to continue the holiday tradition that's drawn thousands of visitors to their front lawn since the 1970’s.

“Every line on that house had red lights on it,” Smith said.

For the past two years, Santa and his handmade elves, along with the carolers, were stuffed into a storage garage. That is until neighbors started asking where it all went.

“It’s a classic scene, everyone likes this scene,” family member Nic Lysdaho said.

So Sandy Danks and her Osseo Lion's Club offered to pick up where the Smith family left off.

“We probably took four pick-up loads over here to put it together,” Danks said. 

Volunteers collected the hand-painted displays and lights and worked with the city to bring it all to Boerboom Park on Main Street.

“It just brings everybody together, it gives a little more excitement," Danks said.

It may not be the fanciest, brightest, or biggest Christmas display on the block, but the community is thankful it's back. Now everyone can enjoy the show and also be reminded of one man's love for Christmas.

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