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Bob and Becky Kingry spend months planning their annual display, which Bob tries to change every year. ''I like it when people stop and take their time and even take pictures,'' he said of visitors to the couple's street in Schildmeier Village. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Bob and Becky Kingry have been decorating their home for 20 years, but the displays became even more elaborate after Bob, 65, retired in 2011. (Kristy Deer/Daily Reporter)

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NEW PALESTINE — Lovers of large Christmas-light displays are overwhelmed  when they round the corner on West Village Way in New Palestine. The light glowing in the sky up ahead comes from the house sitting on the main street in Schildmeier Village. The sight leaves drivers amazed once they come around the bend.

“People know to come here,” Becky Kingry said. “They really do.”

It’s not only that Becky and her husband Bob’s home, in the 7500 block of West Village Way, is decorated at Christmastime with thousands of multicolored lights; ornaments; a North Pole; and train displays: But it’s how Bob has painstakingly taken months to prepare a showcase of lights that attracts viewers of all ages from all over.

“It’s hard to say, but I think I have at least 200,000 lights out there, maybe more,” Bob said with a smile.

The Kingrys have been decorating their New Palestine home to the hilt for nearly 20 years, but when Bob, 65, retired from his job with AT&T in 2011, he stepped up the light prepping and presentation process even more.

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