John Foraker made a promise to his family in Davis, California when his then three-month old son, Patrick, needed open-heart surgery. If Patrick survived, his wife Beth said, they would have the "craziest, brightest house on the planet" at Christmastime.
Patrick survived, and John kept his promise.
Each year the Foraker family starts planning in October for new additions to their handmade, wooden holiday light display. Beginning with Candy Cane Lane, the Forakers designed, cut, painted, and installed a lawn-full of happy snowmen, elves, Santa, reindeer, angels, and even a mailbox for letters to Santa.
"We actually get people who drop off letters each year," notes Beth. "We write back by the 23rd of December."
According to Mary Kate Foraker, age 17, they "usually agree" on the designs-but this year the new bunny addition did cause some family controversy. Her favorite part? Definitely the mailbox to Santa. Want to see more? Watch a video story on the Foraker's holiday light display.
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