A Christmas Light Connoisseur

By: Elizabeth Green Email
By: Elizabeth Green Email

It's not a Christmas miracle...instead, let's call it a seasonal sensation.

The holiday house of the Mid-Ohio Valley drawing hundreds each year, looking for a dose of Christmas cheer.

But behind Ed Borkowski's flashing lights and impressive homemade decorations, are two full months of going indoors and out, climbing, calculating, hanging, and programing.

"I color code my spread sheet so i know what's what. I can't keep track of that in my head anymore," Borkowski says.
It's no wonder! It takes a couple of hours of programing for a single minute of synchronized music.
So he is sure to make a list, and check it twice.

"Some of us do sudoko puzzles, some of us program lights," he says.

With 53,000 bright bulbs and 112 circuits, even for a seasoned decorator like Borkowski, there is a lot of room for error.

"If you can't shake it and make it come back on, you better go back and start again," he says.

Until he gets it just right. He is always looking to up the ante, adding a little something extra here and there.

"Oh money, we don't talk about money, (laughs)," he says.
If time is money, he's plugged a lot into his hobby.

He says the reward is getting to watch it each night.

It's his labor of love, but that labor part is why he won't do it forever.

"There are stages of the project that you start and get halfway through and go, oh man, this is a killer. Why am I doing it again? And then when it's done you go oh, I know why"

When the season is done, and all the traffic has passed through, Borkowski will slowly box it all up and decide if he should start planning again for next year.
But one things for sure, as long as his home is illuminated for all to see, all will continue to come and see one mans dream in lights.

You can check out his house on 56th Street in Vienna through New Years from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

And if you think you've seen it before, well there's something new this year, but I'm not going to tell you what!


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