Layton man getting jump on Christmas, decks out home with lights, Santa, more

Tuesday , October 31, 2017 - 5:00 AM

TIM VANDENACK, Standard-Examiner Staff

LAYTON — ‘Tis the season!

Wait — Happy Halloween!

Say what?

Traveling past Kyler Crawford’s home in the Mountain View Estates mobile home park in Layton, you might think you’ve traveled through a time warp. Though it’s the time of year for skeletons, orange pumpkins and witches, his home is decked out in Christmas lights — tons of them.

“If I can keep them up all year long, I would,” he said.

Ever since he was a kid growing up in Idaho, Crawford, now 31, has had a thing for Christmas. The happiness, the goodwill, the cheer, the spirit of giving that comes with the yuletide season. So to get a jumpstart on things and get the good vibes flowing, he started putting up lights as soon as October rolled around.

He’s got so many decorations, Crawford maintains, that he needed to start early so he would have time to get them all up. This is the second time for the display at Mountain View and so far, he’s got a snowman, a 15-foot-tall lit-up Christmas tree and plenty of colorful strings of LED lights.

There are also the legs sticking out of his swamp cooler to emulate Santa Claus going headfirst into a chimney. Look into his home through the main living room window and there’s a frosted-white Christmas tree.

“This is the start,” said Crawford, a handyman.

More color will come through November — “Until I start blowing breaker boxes” — and he’ll probably leave the lights up into January. He did the same at his previous home in Ogden before moving to Layton.

“I just love the colorful lights. You can see I love Christmas — spirit of the holidays,” he said.

In deference to Halloween, he plans to keep his cheery lights off the evening of Oct. 31. He may even pass out candy to kids. But his heart is elsewhere. Halloween’s too dark, too gloomy. There’s enough grim stuff going on in the world without adding to it.

“I don’t want to see about shootings and killings... I’m tired about North Korea. Who wants to hear about that all day long?” he said. Thus, Christmas in October.

“We need to have that spirit in the heart,” he said. “We need love, happiness.”

Some grumble about the Christmas season seeming to start earlier and earlier each year, the emphasis on buying, commercialism. Some big box stores have already set up Christmas tree displays. It doesn’t bother Crawford, though, and judging by the responses he gets, others seem to be on board. His wife Tyna, a fan of Easter and bunnies, tolerates his passion.

“A lot of people stop. They look at it. They think it’s cool. They think it’s great,” Crawford said. And if not for his electricity bill — which balloons from around $50 a month to $300 — he might never take the lights down.

“I just believe it’s a happy time of the year. It’s great to have lights,” he said.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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