There are more than 100 Christmas decorations in front of Melinda Warren’s residence at 114 Evenview Drive in Jonesboro. People come by just to take pictures and videotape the display.
One may see a little twinkle here and there, while driving through many neighborhoods during the holiday season, but, sometimes, what glistens and sparkles can become a show-stopping experience.
As with Melinda Warren’s home, at 114 Evenview Drive in Jonesboro, which showcases more than 100 decorations In the front yard.
Warren said people from McDonough, and other parts of the Southern Crescent area, come by her house just to take pictures and videotape the decorations.
She said she and her husband have been placing an array of decorations and lights in their front yard during the holidays, for about 15 years.
The decorative pieces include snowmen, candles, Santa Claus on his sleigh, reindeer, bears, and carolers.
“It’s just an enjoyment that we have,” she said. “We enjoy watching kids and people come by ... and enjoy it.”
There are more than 250 pieces in their collection, but, unfortunately, not all of it can fit in their yard, she explained. She said the rest of the decorations are usually placed in yards belonging to a couple of neighbors –– with their permission, of course.
This year, only one neighbor’s yard was decorated, with a manger scene, because time did not allow them to do the other home, said Warren.
“It is something we love doing,” she insisted.
It was a two-week effort by the couple to put up the decorations this year, she said.
She added that when she got married in 1999, she already owned a variety of decorations, but as a couple, the Warrens have added to the collection since then.
They have lived on Evenview Drive for five years. When they lived on Poston Road, also in Jonesboro, they decorated their front yard in the same fashion.
Melinda Warren said the yard at their old home was much larger, and all of the Christmas knickknacks could be displayed.
She said some of their fans from their old residence, have come by their new home to see what they might have. “With everything that we’ve got ... we’ve spent thousands of dollars,” she said with a chuckle.
She added that they count themselves lucky that no one has tampered with their decorations, and, just in case, she always stays in communication with the Jonesboro Police Department, who, she said, patrol her neighborhood well.
“Knock on wood,” she said. “We haven’t had it happen.”