Lights out on Christmas spirit as display attacked 4 times
DIANE Beasant's festive joy has turned to fury as her Christmas display has come under repeated attack from vandals.
The Maryborough woman and her family devoted dozens of hours and hundreds of dollars to their Christmas display, which includes sets of lights streaming down from the roof, painted wooden cut-outs of festive scenes and much more.
But Ms Beasant was left angry and frustrated after three sets of lights were cut in two separate attacks - but that wasn't all the Grinches did.
Someone has also entered her yard on several occasions to turn the batteries on her solar lights upside down so they won't light up when it gets dark.
And a few nights ago she heard someone ripping some of the wooden cut-outs out of the ground.
Thankfully the display, which includes cut-outs of penguins, elves, Mr and Mrs Claus and Santa's Workshop, and dozens of others, was not destroyed.
Ms Beasant said it was disheartening that someone would damage another person's display at what was meant to be a joyful time.
"I can't understand why you would bother," she said.
The mean-spirited actions of the person who cut the lights meant the family had to replace 2000 fairy lights in their display.
Ms Beasant had blue lights over one part of her display, but with most shops now selling out of lights, she had to make do with white.
"You do all this hard work and you also do it for other people to see," Ms Beasant said.
Ms Beasant said her son and son-in-law had worked hard to put the display up and she suspected the outcome might not be too good if the offender was caught.
"They would probably string them up as the next decoration," Ms Beasant said wryly.
"They should learn a bit of respect for other people's property."
Ms Beasant said that while her family had replaced the lights this time, she was worried that the display might be attacked again.
"I really feel we would be unable to replace the lights another time," she said.
Despite the grief the attacks have given her, Ms Beasant said she was determined to keep the display going for the sake of the children who loved seeing Christmas come to life.
She said she never tired of children exclaiming with delight over the penguins and other cut-outs that were intended to bring them joy.
"Christmas is about enjoying it and everyone is enjoying the display."