Local couple decking the halls

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 28, 1999

W.C. &uot;Biggie&uot; and Yvonne Cothren got into the Christmas spirit Sunday – hanging icicle lights outside their house.

&uot;This is our first time to do this type of stuff,&uot; Yvonne said.

In past years, the couple only decorated with lawn ornaments and didn’t put any lights around the house. But this year, the Cothrens decided they wanted a change.

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&uot;I’ve always loved the icicles but I’ve never had them before,&uot; Yvonne said.

The Democrat dart found the couple at home on Lindberg Avenue Sunday, in the process of hanging up the lights.

They plan to set up their Christmas tree and other holiday decorations within the next few days. &uot;Right after Thanksgiving, I like to get going,&uot; Yvonne said.

They soon learned the task was fun but not always easy. &uot;You know the worst thing about it is going back and straightening them out,&uot; Yvonne said.

But Yvonne said that part of the job is important.

&uot;If you didn’t pull them down, they wouldn’t be pretty,&uot;&160;she said.

The icicle lights have become quite popular in the Miss-Lou recently. The lights hang in strings from a central wire that is clipped to the roof.

Within eyesight of the Cothrens’ house, two other families have also put up the same type of lights.

So many houses having the icicle lights should add to the beauty, Yvonne said.

The Cothrens had stretched the lights half the length of their house when Biggie decided it was time to test them.

&uot;How (about) that, every one of them works,&uot; he said.

The Cothrens began the project right after lunch Sunday and wanted to continue until they finished.

&uot;We’ve got enough lights and (clips) to put across the carport,&uot; Yvonne said.

They plan to stretch the lights at least the length of the front of their house. They also may put a nativity scene in the front yard.

The Cothrens and their extended family will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day at the couple’s house, Yvonne said.