In announcing the winners, the park district said it was very
difficult to judge, but the staff sincerely appreciated all the
efforts of everyone who participated: "In our hearts each and every
one of them captured the spirit of the holidays. Applause, applause
to each and every one of them."
Jim and Carolyn Reynolds
"We live in a huge, old mission-style home at the corner of
Kankakee and Delavan streets. Jim has collected vintage Christmas
items for many years. Since moving to Lincoln in 2002, he has
acquired and refurbished old, lighted street bells of various sizes
and shapes. Over the holidays, they are displayed in the arches of
our covered porches facing the streets. Other appointments are an
antique life-sized Santa on the front porch next to the doorway,
lighted greenery framing each doorway, and a huge wreath on the side
of the house facing Kankakee Street. Hopefully, passers-by will
enjoy and appreciate outdoor Christmas décor from the mid-1900s that
graced downtown streets in many a small town like Lincoln."
1035 N. College St.
"I am nominating our home for the Christmas decoration contest
based off of hard work and a dedication to make others happy. My
husband puts all of his effort into decorating our home for the
holidays, not to please him or the family, but for those in need of
some Christmas spirit. Our favorite time is when our lights go up
and the elderly lady across the street, who very rarely keeps her
curtains open at night, opens them up. They are open every evening
until we take down the lights. Last year it warmed my heart to
receive a very heartfelt note from her describing just how much she
enjoys looking at our light every year. I guess you could say that
our theme is 'Heartwarming Holidays.'"
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904 N. Kankakee
"I would like to enter our home in the Christmas Home Contest
advertised on your Web site. The actual owner of the home is my
grandmother, Iona Boyd. Our family loves to decorate for Christmas.
Her entire yard is covered with lights and decorations. It is really
a sight to see and is very impressive."
[Text from file received from
Lincoln Park District]