The Tittigers have decorated their home since 2004. They’re now champions of The Great Christmas Light Fight. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)
STOCKBRIDGE — Christmastime 2004 Judy Tittiger was recovering from cancer and had one wish — to have the family’s home decorated for the holiday.
Her twin daughters, Amy and Jenny, took to the front yard with lights and decorations.
They have done so every year since, with the decorations getting a little bigger and more lights. The family has more than 70,000 Christmas lights displayed in their front yard for their enjoyment and the community’s as well.
Now, they’ve been rewarded for their efforts.
The television show, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” crowned them champions and awarded them with a $50,000 check.
The show is described as “a new competition series in which 20 families from across America will decorate their homes to the extreme for Christmas — in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious,” according the abc.com website.
The Tittigers were contacted in October by the show asking them to participate.
“My mom thought it was a prankster and had me call the number back,” Jenny said laughing.
Turns out it was all true. Filming began immediately with family interviews. On Oct. 3 they were given 21 days to get the yard decorated.
“Neighbors were asking us what was going on because we started so early this year,” Jenny said. “We couldn’t say anything.”
All their hard work paid off this year when the show’s host Sabrina Soto arrived with their trophy The Bulby.
The yard is divided into quadrants, each having a different theme with a path set up throughout the display for people to walk through. While the Tittigers have always had people slow down to view the lights or even stop and walk through the yard, this year they’ve had a few more coming by.
The Spence family from McDonough made the drive to Stockbridge to see the light display in person after seeing it on television.
“They’re so close we had to come by and see it,” Bruce Spence said.
Skylar, 7, just stood in awe of all the lights and said “Cool.”
Jenny said she loves having people come to the house and enjoy the lights.
“We’ve been working hard on it and we love it,” she said.
The Tittiger home is located on East Atlanta Road in Stockbridge. Visitors can set their car radio to 105.5 and listen to music in sync with the light display.