Yes, Virginia, there will be a Christmas at George and Nancy Jones’ this year.
Viewing the couple’s outdoor decorations at their Franklin home had become a Christmas tradition for many over the years, but until the past few days, it appeared that this ritual was in danger of going the way of extravagant corporate holiday parties.
Earlier this year, George wanted to trim his Bradford pear trees to keep them healthy, but Nancy was concerned that the trimming would be so extensive that she wouldn’t be able to wrap the trees for her holiday display. Sure enough, it appeared that Nancy was right, and she began telling people that they would have to cancel their holiday celebration.
But she couldn’t live with that decision, so she canceled the cancellation and it’s full-steam ahead for Christmas at the Joneses’.
“I cannot do this to these children,” she says of the cancellation. “They love it too much.
“I guess I tried to be Mrs. Scrooge, and I just can’t do it. You hear people say, ‘This is going to be our Christmas; this is where we’re coming.’ With the economy being as bad, I guess I thought there probably wouldn’t be people coming, but maybe this is going to be the only Christmas some people will have, watching our Christmas lights, so I’m bringing it back.”
Friends and neighbors are helping her install the Christmas display as fast as they can, and this year’s display will include all of the favorites from years past, including a 7-foot rocking chair, Santa Claus and his reindeer and a large Christmas tree.
“We’ve got everybody out here right now working up a storm trying to get it done. We might luck up and have it ready by Thanksgiving. I’ll have my little cold self out there tonight with a wrap to get it done.
“If it looks funny with the little bitty Bradfords, have mercy with me,” she says. “They’ll grow back for next year.”
The address is 4025 Nestledown Farm, Franklin, 37067.