SHARE THE SPIRIT: Lit with Christmas cheer

GOOD SORTS: Glenn Sawyer and his wife, Leesa, in front of their lit-up house in Cardiff last night. Picture: Simone De Peak
GOOD SORTS: Glenn Sawyer and his wife, Leesa, in front of their lit-up house in Cardiff last night. Picture: Simone De Peak
RAISING MONEY: Aaren Bower and wife  Melissa standing in front of their decorated house. Picture: Ryan Osland

RAISING MONEY: Aaren Bower and wife Melissa standing in front of their decorated house. Picture: Ryan Osland

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Family in the spirit to light up sick children’s lives

- Janek Speight, December 3

THE Sawyer family has been spreading Christmas cheer at their Cardiff home for 17 years, and this year they’ve stepped up their game.

Glenn Sawyer and his wife, Leesa, have gradually expanded their lights display every year, and from humble beginnings the house has blossomed into an extravagant show.

This Christmas the display includes a snow machine, laser lights and a  four-metre tree that sits atop the Sawyers’ roof.

‘‘It started out with just two boxes of lights and then just kept growing,’’ Mr Sawyer said.

‘‘This year we’re fully computerised with about 200 channels controlling it all, so it’s quite a bit bigger.’’

The light show isn’t just for fun:  the family is raising funds for the Starlight Foundation this year.

Mr Sawyer said the family chose to support the organisation to bring smiles to sick children’s faces.

‘‘I’ve seen the kids up there,’’ he said.

‘‘They come out with two buses of kids during Christmas and just to see their faces light up is great.’’

Building the display is a huge job, but luckily Mr Sawyer has three daughters to give him a hand: Shannon, 14, Kaitlin, 12, and Erin, 4. 

The lights will shine at 36 Lowry Street every night  up to Christmas until 11pm.

Brothers' sensational display in Lambton North

- Janek Speight, December 1

CHRISTMAS celebrations are well under way at Lambton North.

Brothers Peter and Aaren Bower have put together a display of more than 20,000 lights, 48 channels of computer-controlled animation, a snow machine, inflatable figures and music.

They flicked the switch at 99 Acacia Avenue last night and will have it on every night up to Christmas.

While Aaren and his wife Mel have been decorating their house and raising funds for charity for the past five years, this Christmas has extra significance.

The Bower family was rocked when their father was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year and the brothers decided this Christmas all proceeds would go to the Cancer Council NSW.

"We've had a lot of support from the community and it's something close to our hearts and we really want to make it work," Aaren Bower said.

Picture submitted by Carole

Picture submitted by Carole

Picture submitted by David and Erin Neilson (see interactive map to find their display.)

Picture submitted by David and Erin Neilson (see interactive map to find their display.)

Picture submitted by David and Erin Neilson (see interactive map to find their display.)

Picture submitted by David and Erin Neilson (see interactive map to find their display.)

Picture submitted by David and Erin Neilson (see interactive map to find their display.)

Picture submitted by David and Erin Neilson (see interactive map to find their display.)

"Each year of my children's lives I have bought a new Christmas decoration. This is my 24-year-old son Timothy's 2012 decoration." - Picture submitted by Julie Poole

"Each year of my children's lives I have bought a new Christmas decoration. This is my 24-year-old son Timothy's 2012 decoration." - Picture submitted by Julie Poole

"Each year of my children's lives I have bought a new Christmas decoration. This is my 22-year-old daughter Natalie's 2012 decoration." Picture submitted by Julie Poole

"Each year of my children's lives I have bought a new Christmas decoration. This is my 22-year-old daughter Natalie's 2012 decoration." Picture submitted by Julie Poole

"Our beautiful Christmas tree." - Picture submitted by Julie Poole

"Our beautiful Christmas tree." - Picture submitted by Julie Poole

Picture submitted by Renee

Picture submitted by Renee

"This is my mini Maltese who loves Christmas time! She already has a couple gifts under the tree." Picture submitted by Sara

"This is my mini Maltese who loves Christmas time! She already has a couple gifts under the tree." Picture submitted by Sara

They are hoping visitors will donate and have set-up a website and Facebook page, Christmas on Acacia.

"This is our great tree, put up every year." - Submitted by Breanna Clancy

"This is our great tree, put up every year." - Submitted by Breanna Clancy

Picture submitted by Erin Walker

Picture submitted by Erin Walker

"My beautiful baby boy fascinated by the Christmas lights we were about to put up!" Picture submitted by Jennah Purcell

"My beautiful baby boy fascinated by the Christmas lights we were about to put up!" Picture submitted by Jennah Purcell

"Kai, Braiden and Jaikobie saying hello to Santa and Mrs Claus." Picture submitted by Jenny

"Kai, Braiden and Jaikobie saying hello to Santa and Mrs Claus." Picture submitted by Jenny

Picture submitted by John Hancock

Picture submitted by John Hancock

Picture submitted by Kurt Polglase

Picture submitted by Kurt Polglase

Picture submitted by Nathan Brown

Picture submitted by Nathan Brown

Sheriff Street, Clarence Town. Submitted by Angela Gill.

Sheriff Street, Clarence Town. Submitted by Angela Gill.

Faucett St, Blackalls Park. Picture submitted by Kiera S.

Faucett St, Blackalls Park. Picture submitted by Kiera S.