KENNEWICk, Wash;- It's been about five years since Mary Day had her house lit up with Christmas lights. For years it was her husband who did the job, but he passed away in 2004 from a rare form of blood cancer.
Mary said every year her husband would decorate the house more extravagantly than the year before. She couldn't bring herself to decorate it without him.
After years with a dark house around the holidays, Mary's daughter and young grandchildren thought it was time for a needed change. Her daughter Meghan Mead entered a radio contest and won. The winning prize; a house full of Christmas cheer.
"It's beautiful," Mary Day said. "It makes you remember what Christmas is all about. The joy of this makes you want to come out and carol and invite people over to have company again."
The radio station who hosted the contest is Power 99.1. The station delivered a crew from Gamache Landscaping to work on the house throughout the day. Mary's daughter Meghan says it was difficult to keep the surprise a secret, but is glad she did because the look on her mother's face when she first saw the lights was unforgettable.