'Spirt of giving'

To add to the fun, a 3-D plaque of Santa's head, mounted on the front of the garage, is more than ornamental: Jolly Old Saint Nick mouths the words to all of the songs that have vocals.

"It took me two days to get the mouth right for just one song," he said with a laugh.

He and Felipe also created 10 red and 10 green bushes along the front footage of his property with tomato cages and draped strings of lights to create silhouettes of pine trees.


Submit a Letter to the Editor for the Laurel Leader, Columbia Flier and Howard County Times

Jim Craze, who lives nearby on Heatherwold Drive, says he enjoys the show but what's most important about his neighbor's light display is what it says about him.

"Over the years I've just been impressed by Bob's spirit of giving," said Craze. The kick-off reception Henschen held Nov. 23 for the community "served as a brief moment in time for neighbors to talk, see the lights and enjoy refreshments. It was wonderful."

"Bob and Rick are sharing something to make a contribution to society and that's catching," he said, adding he hopes a lot of money is collected for such a worthy cause.

Henschen's appreciation for the holiday season started at home in State College, Pa., where he grew up with three sisters.

"Mom and Dad made Christmas very special for us every year," recalled the Penn State graduate.

And now, he's the one who can watch people respond to the gift he's given them.

"People drive by and look, but then they stop and wait to see what's going to happen next," he said. "I love that."

The light display runs from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m Sunday through Thursday and till 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. To comment or ask a question about the lights display, readers can email Henschen at Tiptonlightshow@verizon.net.