OSSINING, N.Y. For Bonnie Bingell, decorating her house for the holidays brings holiday spirit to herself, her children and her grandchildren.
Bingell's home at 14 Linden Ave. is decked out with a giant inflatable soldier and snowman, reindeer outlined with white lights, a lighted nativity scene, red and green globes and blue-lighted shrubs. Bingell likes to get her Christmas decorations put up before Thanksgiving, and she leaves them up until about Jan. 6.
"I like to see the children. They come to my home and take lots of pictures," Bingell said. "Adults too, they stop their car and say, 'Can I take a picture?'"
Across the street at 9 Linden Ave., Juan Pesantez's home doesn't have the giant inflatables, but it is beautifully decorated with reindeer, swirls of white lights that outline evergreen tree shapes, red and blue-lighted roof trimming and multi-colored lights on a front yard tree.
"Christmas is for everyone the children, the adults. I do this every year because in my country they decorate like this for Christmas," said Pesantez, who is from Cuenca, Ecuador.
Pesantez's 12-year-old daughter, Jocelyn Pesantez, was busy decorating a tall indoor tree on Wednesday night, and the family also had an indoor musical nativity scene with lots of miniature animals.
In Briarcliff, Barbara Dos Santos said her family has a long tradition of putting up elaborate Christmas decorations.
"Ever since I was 12 I've always done lights," Dos Santos said. "It makes me happy every night to see the lights."
Dos Santos' house at 132 North State Rd. has a large lighted mailbox for outgoing mail on one end of the lawn, and a lighted mailbox with Santa retrieving mail on the other side of the lawn. Trees and bushes are decorated with white and green lights.
"I like everything about Christmas," Dos Santos said, as her two-year-old daughter walked around the house carrying a Christmas story book. "The Christmas season is for giving. We like giving the gifts to each other, finding out what everybody wants and getting them what they want. We're big Christmas people."
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