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'Christmas Land' Comes To Life In Lebanon


by Mark Bellinger

LEBANON, Tenn. - For one mid-state family, the holiday season has already started. On Friday night, they turned on one of the largest light displays in the Middle Tennessee.

Lebanon Preacher Kenneth Bowen hit some breakers at 1130 Trousdale Ferry Pike. Bowen and his family are ready for another Christmas.

Over the years, they've turned their home and yard into one of Middle Tennessee's biggest holiday light displays.

"15 years? We started with just a few trees and a reindeer," said Bowen.

It gets bigger and bigger every year. Now, there are thousands of lights and hundreds of displays. There are four nativity scenes.

Bowen said he's trying to put the Christ back into Christmas. Last year, 2,300 cars drove through the property in the horse shoe driveway.

"The grown ups are just as bad as the kids. They love it too, so you know," Bowen said.

Driving through the property almost seemed like therapy for neighbor Amelia Hipps.

"It's been a rough day, and I needed this. I needed to drive through and have my spirits uplifted and the good thing about it is I get to pass it every night on my way home," said Hipps.

Bowen and his family begin setting up the light show the last week of September. Nothing is left out from the previous year.

It's a lot of work, but Bowen said he's fulfilling a calling from God.

"I do it all for that little baby lying in the manger. That's where it all comes from," according to Bowen.

Bowen said he knows very little about electricity, but friends help him out. The juice running through his yard requires four breakers.

"I blew one the other night so they came out and got me going, so it's good to have people like that who can back you up," added Bowen.

Everyone works together to fulfill Bowen's mission.

"Jesus said ‘I'm the light of the world.' So, we light up. We light up. That's just the way it is," Bowen said.

The light bill will be close to $1,400, but two dozen sponsors help foot the bill.

The light display will be running through December 26. During the week, the lights come on at six and go off at nine. They stay on an hour later on the weekends.

Email: mbellinger@newschannel5.com

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