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Light show in Thornton designed to brighten Christmas spirit

Each year LeBegonihis wife Kitty decorate their Thornthome for Christmas. | Terrance Peacock~For Sun-Times Media

Each year Leon Begonia and his wife, Kitty, decorate their Thornton home for Christmas. | Terrance Peacock~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 26, 2014 6:22AM

For many, it doesn’t take much to get into the holiday spirit: maybe a Christmas carol here, or a gingerbread cookie there.

But for those in the south suburbs having a hard time finding that holiday cheer, a stop on Mohawk Drive in Thornton may bring the jolliness to make this Christmas special.

Leon Begonia, 64, of Thornton, and his wife Kitty, 69, have decorated their home to create a synchronized light show every year since they moved to Thornton in 2005.

Begonia said he enjoys Christmas and hopes that his light show can bring others to enjoy the holiday as much as he does.

“I just do it for kids, the people in the neighborhood, and whoever wants to come by and look at it,” Begonia said. “That’s all that it boils down to.”

Begonia said he decorated their previous home in Dolton, but never to the extent that his Thornton home is decorated. He said that each year he tries to add to it.

“Every year I try to either do something a little different or come up with another idea,” Begonia said.

Lory Stone, 39, of Thornton, is a neighbor to Begonia and said Begonia has displayed his light show every Christmas that she has lived there.

Stone said she looks forward to looking across the street during Christmastime every year and seeing the lights being displayed.

“I love it,” Stone said. “I can’t wait until they put it up every year because it’s beautiful.”

Christmas is a special time of the year for Begonia. He said along with putting up his Christmas lights every year, he enjoys being around his loved ones.

“Christmas is a time to get together with the family that is left over and some old friends,” Begonia said. “It’s not so much exchanging gifts.”

Begonia’s display is lit from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. and will run through the week of Jan. 1.

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