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Christmas spirit lives on, a bit dimmer, on Red Lion Road

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Rob and Linda Faucher have limited their annual Red Lion Road lights display this year.
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The Christmas spirit is bright this year on Red Lion Road, near New Castle. Just not as bright.

Rich and Linda Faucher have for decades been extravagantly decorating their home – nicknamed 1 Santa Claus Lane – with, lately, about a million lights.

But this year’s display is smaller for safety reasons, Linda said today, noting that because of concerns about the pandemic they’re asking people just to drive by, instead of parking and waking through for a close-up view.

“We just wanted to keep the spirit alive for children, for grandchildren and for families,” she said. “We wanted to tell people that there’s still the Christmas spirit out there, and we’re going to get through this together.”

The house and the front yard are the same, and there’s still a box for letters to Santa.

The display usually takes up a huge side yard, too. There’s also no theme, except for a single word: Faith. Rich planned to hang stockings for their six children today, and Linda was unsure if that’s the final part of their Christmas display.

“Enjoy!” fan Caroline Hauana said in her Facebook video.

The display for decades has served as a collection point for Toys for Tots.

The Fauchers began creating their light displays in 1979 in New Jersey, and it just grew and grew. They moved to Delaware a few years later. 

“Next year, we’ll be back to our traditional display,” Linda said. Until then: “Be safe.”

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