Instant Live 8: Forney Light Show

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by WYATT GOOLSBY

WFAA

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 16 at 12:59 PM

FORNEY - Clark Griswold, eat your heart out. On Friday, News 8 traveled to Forney to take a look out how much work some North Texans put into making their Christmas lights the biggest and best.

"The setup takes about a month. We tear down our Halloween show and start on Christmas November 1st, and it takes the whole family," Mathis explained. "We set out every light we could this year and hope to do more next year."

The Mathis family is collecting donations Friday and Saturday (from 6-11 pm) for two charities. You are invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys and/or canned goods. For further details, just click on the link to the Forney Light Show's web site.

One Forney family has more than 50,000 Christmas lights on their display synched up to your favorite holiday songs. Chris and Camber Mathis moved into their two story house in July, but brought all their Christmas lights with them from when they had lived on a one acre property.

The Mathis family has more than a mile-and-a-half worth of extension cable connecting their lights to two properties in their neighborhood. On Friday, Chris Mathis talked with News 8 about all the work that goes into creating the light show.

E-mail wgoolsby@wfaa.com

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