Knightdale neighbors use Christmas lights to remember cancer victim
KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Knightdale community’s Christmas light display was all started to help remember a neighbor who lost her battle with Christmas.
Tami Sakiewicz spends days decorating the outside of her home for Christmas.
“It wouldn’t be Christmas without a hundred people in my backyard every night,” said Sakiewicz.
Her home is on what is now known as the “Planters Walk light trail” in Knightdale.
Maylon Smith“Every year we add more. It’s like competition and it’s also pressure,” said Becky McConkey, who lives a few doors down from Sakiewicz.
The trail of lights was inspired by their neighbor Maylon Smith.
“Everybody enjoys it,” said Smith. “You see the little kids coming down the walk and one of them asked if I was Santa Claus.”
Smith has been decking his front and backyard for the past 15 years.
It takes him weeks to complete his elaborate display.