Video: Man gets second job to pay for Xmas lights
MORE than 20,000 lights, 10 months, 900 hours and $8000 - that's what has gone into making a Christmas extravaganza out of Gladstone man Doug Hebbard's house.
The display is synchronised to music, resulting in a seven-minute Christmas lights performance.
Wife Jodie and their two kids Corbin, 2, and Janae, 5, have always loved Christmas decorations, but it's Doug who, since 2008, has wanted to make a dream a reality.
"I watched a Trans Siberian Orchestra video with lights music ... the works - and I wanted to replicate that," he said.
"The only problem was money, so Jodie said if I wanted to do it, I needed to get a second job."
And so Doug did. He drove buses after he finished his day job to pay for the lights and utensils, and the electricity bill he knew was coming.
The project started back in February when he began teaching himself an electronic programming system.
"I reckon I've put more than 20 hours a week into bringing it to life," he said.
"I've made everything by hand, held together with 2300 zip ties, with the help of my father and father-in-law."
On the first night on Monday, the Sharyn Dr home attracted more than 70 visitors.
"The kids love it. They think I'm the real life, magical Santa."
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