“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”
Jack Faler is anything but a Grinch. He has so much Christmas spirit that he makes Elf look like Ebenezer Scrooge. But just like the Whos of Whoville, Jack understands the true meaning of Christmas. “I grew up having that Hallmark Christmas, with a tree full of gifts and a huge dinner. But as I got older I realized not everyone gets to have this type of Christmas. Some kids don’t even get gifts.” It was this realization that got the wheels in Jack’s mind turning.
Jack always loved holiday lights and has fond memories of visiting a house in Scranton that was always decked out for the holidays. Then, in 2014, the “Mountainhome Holiday House” was born. At age 17, Jack decided it was time to create a spectacular display of his own as a way to bring joy to people of all ages. What started as 7,000 lights has now grown to 50,000. Throw in 50+ handmade holiday characters (built by Jack and his family) and 250 blow molds and Jack’s display rivals the North Pole. The Mountainhome Holiday House even has a life-sized gingerbread house, complete with a TV playing Christmas movies and that authentic gingerbread smell.
This year, Jack started setting up his holiday display over Columbus Day Weekend and has spent countless hours perfecting it. The Mountainhome Holiday House is located at the corner of High Road and Low Court in Mill Creek Estates in Mountainhome. The display is lit from Thanksgiving through New Year’s and visitors are always welcome. Santa will even make a special appearance with candy canes on December 16th and 17th.
So why would someone put so much time and money into something for no personal, professional, or financial gain? For Jack, the answer is simple. “I devote months of time and effort into this, and sometimes I question why I do it. When I fall off the ladder or get electrocuted, when it’s January and I have to take the display down – sometimes I just don’t want to do it. But when I talk to families and I see the smiles on their faces, that makes it worth it. I do it for the few minutes that people drive past my house and forget about the hate in the world. For that I’ll do it every year until I physically can’t anymore.” If that doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit, I don’t know what will!
Drive by or stop and check out the Mountainhome Holiday House until New Year’s Day. For more information, be sure to “LIKE” the Mountainhome Holiday House on Facebook. And remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!