There’s something special about the lights of Christmas.
My favorite lights from my childhood had colored water inside a slender clear cylinder and they would bubble when they got hot.
There’s one Columbus man who is synonymous with Christmas lights.
The glow you see in the night sky above the Cottonwood subdivision this time of year is coming from
Jerry Ludy’s residence at 5784 ironstone drive. This sprawling, well-orchestrated light show has come to be known as the Ludy christmas Spectacular.
Jerry says you can probably trace the idea for it back when he was a boy.
“When I was a child, mother let me have one string of lights. Back then it was the old big C9 lights. And I would put those out with a little ole paper bag with a Santa face on it, and the neighbors just raved over it. Then my momma encouraged me,” Ludy says.
Jerry believes it’s that magnetic Christmas magic of the lights that draws people.
“The people that come out here and see these lights, it inspires that memory they had as a child when they saw Christmas lights,” Ludy says.
A display of this magnitude featuring several hundred thousand lights doesn’t go up overnight. In fact, the process begins in the summertime.
“First of August. Everybody’s enjoying the beach. I’m on top of the hot roof,” Ludy says.
The light show was originally just staged at the Ludy home..but quickly expanded.
“When we first moved here 21 years ago, I kept on building things during the summertime and then I kind of grew out of real estate room to put this in. And then the neighbor next door said you can use my yard,” Ludy says.
Now the light show encompasses five yards including Jerry’s. On this particular night, Santa was set up in Jerry’s driveway to hear the Christmas wishes of kids of all ages.
Donations are appreciated from those who attend, with all of the proceeds going to the Make A Wish Foundation of Georgia.
“What better wish that a child can have this time of year, going through a life-threatening medical condition, than to give them a ray of hope and a promise, and also to create that memory for them and their family,” Ludy says.