The 1900 block of Johnson Street in Harmony is definitely aglow with Christmas spirit.
Motorists traveling north on Harmony Road from State Road 40 can see the festive light display in Tom and Connie Whitmarsh's yard.
While many people wonder about the cost of setting up such a display throughout the holidays, Tom says it can be done economically.
"I use generators, which helps the utility bills," Tom said. "Overall, it probably costs around an additional $100 for the season. But to me, it's worth it to bring someone a little holiday cheer."
"I love to see the looks on the faces of children, and adults too, when they stop by to see it," Tom said. "People really enjoy it."
The large display circling around the Whitmarsh home features some one-of-a-kind and many hard-to-find inflatable ornaments, plastic blow molds, snow globe inflatables, moving animals and angels with lights, wooden cutouts and various other types of Christmas displays.
"He's always coming home saying, 'It really was the last one they had on display,'" Connie said about her husband's holiday hobby. "Tom's even taken me with him to prove he only gets those unique ones that are really the last ones available. He shops all year long to add to the collection."
The decorations don't stop in the front yard, the Whitmarsh house is also wall-to-wall holiday spirit.
"I love Christmas," Tom said.
While Connie also enjoys Christmas, she admits to often shaking her head in amazement at the elaborate decorations her husband, with the assistance of a couple of helpers, set up in the yard.
"I do a lot of the setting up while she's at work," Tom said.
"Oh, it's nothing to come home and think, 'that wasn't there when I left.'" Connie said with a laugh. "He does a lot of shopping like that too."
Tom admits he constantly keeps an eye out for something new and unique to add to the display.
"I pass on the older decorations to family and friends," Tom said. "I already have a couple of new ones for next year."
Christmas isn't the only holiday Tom decorates for.
"I'm planning for Christmas while decorating for Halloween," Tom said.
It's also when an electric fence and security cameras are installed around the house.
"I put it up to protect the display. We had some vandalism problems a few years ago," Tom said.
"It's a shame you have to do something like that at Christmas time," Connie said. "We had 15 inflatables cut up and several sets of lights destroyed."
"She got really good at fixing the light sets and sewing up the inflatables," Tom said with pride. "After that, we set up the fence and the cameras. The Indiana State Police and the Clay County Sheriff's Department make the rounds in the area for safety, and we really appreciate it."
What can take up to a month to create, comes down in a couple of days.
"I start taking down the display a couple of days after Christmas," Tom said. "The most important part of taking things down is properly drying the inflatables so they can be stored without dry rotting. It takes three weeks for them to dry."
Whitmarsh is looking forward to the next holiday season and a special item he recently added to his decoration collection.
"I'm really excited," Tom said. "I recently acquired Bill Beeler's hand-made Ferris wheel for next year's display. We will start putting it up in October."
The lights at the Whitmarsh home, according to Tom, will remain on until a couple of days after Christmas depending upon the weather.
"It's kind of hard to have the inflatables operating while the wind blows and the temperatures really drop. It's not good on the decorations," Tom said. "I hope people enjoy it when they drive by to look at it."