One Frisco family is keeping their annual tradition of lighting up massive holiday lights display.
“100%,” Jennifer Burkman answered. “I think this year we’ve put in more than 200 hours.”
Burkman’s family has been decorating their house on Christmas for the last 20-years. It started with their, then 2-year old son, Alex.
Jennifer said, “Christmas lights seemed to be his forte.”
Alex is born with autism. Lights became a focus for him and he began lighting his house at the age of 9.
His mother said, “Our first display that Alex did was about 500 lights and they were the incandescent lights.”
“So the original Christmas lights, and now we’re a bit over 70,000. 90% of that being LED.”
Alex –now 22 is a professional engineer. Jennifer remembered, “When he was 18 years old, he installed another panel in our garage and gave us more voltage.”
People from across North Texas come to see their light display, but this is the first year Alex isn’t home. He took a job in Tennessee after college.
His mom added, “We FaceTime probably every single night so he can look at the lights, and I know that was difficult for him.”
The display is at 3809 Hazelhurst Drive in Frisco and will be up until December 31.