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Princeton man continues Christmas display tradition

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PRINCETON (WVVA) -- A couple-hundred thousand lights, more than 100 figurines, and two and half months of preparation -- that's what it takes Craig Tachell to decorate his Princeton home for the holidays.

A home owner since 2005, Tachell says his love for decorating began at a young age.

"Me and my neighbor at the time, Amanda, just got in the mood and started decorating for Halloween and things like that," he says. "Then it went into Christmas, and it just grew."

Now, he goes all out every year. He says his current outdoor display is worth nearly $65,000.

Tachell says he gets nearly 6,000 drive-bys each holiday season, and he gives out about 1,500 candy canes.

But for him, it's about giving back to the community and seeing their reactions.

"They say it's amazing, beautiful," he says. "It just feels good, honestly. With Christmas comes budgets and incomes; it doesn't seem like people decorate like they used to. So I'm fortunate. I work a lot, but I'm fortunate enough to give back."

"One of the awesome things is to see the little kids' smiles, laughs, pictures," he says. "It's awesome."

And Tachell's display doesn't stop at the door -- inside, he has 14 Christmas trees.

His home is on Mink Farm Road in Princeton. You can't miss it!

He invites everyone to come by and see the lights.

Jade Burks

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