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The Christmas spirit is on full display at a home in the 1500 block of Patchett Drive. Santa will be making a visit to the neighborhood for the community to enjoy from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Last year, with many holiday traditions sidelined because of the pandemic, Jessica Diaz and Juan Elias wanted to do something that would spark a little holiday joy for their four children. What they did ended up brightening the holiday for dozens of West Side kids and started a new tradition for the family.

The couple turned the outside of their Patchett Drive home into a Christmas extravaganza with light shows and decorations and a drive-through visit with Santa Claus. It was such a popular and well-received event, that they knew they had to do it again — only this year it’s bigger and better, according to Diaz.

“It was an awesome experience for everyone last year, so we knew we had to do it again this year,” Diaz said.

The Christmas spirit is spreading with some of the  neighbors joining in by decorating their own houses and yards.

“Before we started last year, this neighborhood was pitch black during the holiday,” Diaz said.

Diaz said her husband had plans of starting the work in October but was sidelined when he was diagnosed with COVID-19. 

“Once he was feeling better, the first thing he did was start working on the decorations,” Diaz said.

Elias said he lost count of how many lights he put up, but he does recall the moment when they gathered outside as a family to see it turned on for the first time. He had it set up so that it would all come on with a push of a button. The family counted down and the four kids all placed a hand and pushed the button.

“Nothing happened,” he said laughing.

It was a scene straight out of “Christmas Vacation” but fortunately for Elias, it only took him a few minutes to fix and then the house and yard were awash in Christmas spirit.

“It is really magical for the kids,” Diaz said.

The family and their neighbor will once again host a visit from Santa Claus for the community. He will be at the residence in the 1500 block of Patchett Drive from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

“It’s a new tradition that has been born,” Diaz said.