When I was a kid, my family and I would head to Oklahoma to spend Christmas with my extended family. On our way back, a common tradition of our’s would be to go through a drive-through gallery of Christmas lights. Some of the displays were funny, others touching, all of it beautiful. Some of my most moving memories involve neon lights illuminating the night sky. It may not seem like much, but it’s the little things that make it all worth it.
So believe me when I say that I get why people love coming to see the house of Mr. Christmas.
This is a documentary from last year that I just came across whilst searching for holiday-themed short films. It takes a look at California-native Bruce Mertz who, for over thirty years, has entertained local residents by decorating his house in elaborate light displays during the holiday season. People from all over the country would stop by and be mesmerized by the glowing light show, one that’s timed to touching Christmas music.
The documentary also talks about Mertz’s life story. Though I’ll let you watch it to see that for yourself. He’s had a rough go of it, but he’s persevered and found something that continues to make him happy.
All in all, it’s an interesting portrait of an interesting guy. Well timed, too. It seems after this year, he’ll be hanging it all up. If you want to see this light show in person, make an effort to do so this holiday season. It may not seem like much, but it’s the little things that make it all worth it.
To find out more about Mr. Christmas, you can visit the film’s Facebook page here.