Christmas wonderland in Maclean
IF THERE'S one Christmas display you take your kids to see this year, make sure it's Pam and Peter Munro's on South Arm Rd in Maclean. They're looking forward to your visit.
Whether the kids like looking at outdoor lights, Peter's handmade festive ferris wheel or carousel, or Pam's indoor Christmas wonderland (complete with miniature train set), there's something for everyone to be a part of the Christmas spirit.
The couple have been putting on their outdoor display for at least 25 years, and Peter said they loved to see people having fun looking at their work.
"A lot of people like it, and a lot of kids like it," he said.
"If we lived in town, a lot more people would see it, but because we live out of town not as many people see it, but we do it for the family and friends. They like it, and we enjoy it too.
"We like to see, especially young kids, watching this. Mostly old people come here, but the young people really enjoy watching the display and when they look at it, it's really worthwhile looking at it today. Everybody who comes here is fascinated by it all."
Their front and back yards are filled with plywood Christmas cut-outs, including a working ferris wheel and carousel, which Peter built himself.
"It's a lot of fun making them, it's just another hobby I have," Peter said.
"The carousel was pretty complicated actually. It's got a little electric motor in it, about the size of a big apple, but I had to make a gear box, and the gear box is made out of timber, so you've got wooden cogs.
"A lot of people are amazed when they see them all and enjoy watching it."
Pam sets up and arranges the indoor display, which she has been doing for four years, and adds pieces to the winter wonderland each year.
"It's nice to see the response we get from our displays," she said.
"For most of the year they're packed away in their little boxes, and they're waiting to come out again. It takes me about a week I'd say to set it all up. You do a little and then you walk away, and then something's not quite right so you move it. It took me a good week I'd say just doing that. Once you start to lay it out, it's always different, something doesn't fit so you just keep moving around until you find a spot for everything."
Peter said he hoped to have plenty more visitors come to the house and take a look at their lights and Christmas wonderland.
"I'd like to see more kids to come, but sometimes their parents aren't interested, and they're not going to see it either," he said.
"If the parents aren't interested, the kids miss out, and that's how it is, but as long as the kids are still interested, we'll still be doing it. It makes Christmas fun for us, and it gets us into the spirit of it too."