Can Santa see the Cross House from the North Pole?



Christmas, 2014.


For the holiday season I created a three-story Christmas “tree” at the Cross House.

To repeat: three-stories high.

It is BIG.

And it makes me smile.

I wanted to do something for my first holiday season in the Cross House. But what? The house is so huge and the possibilities are endless. Obviously, I was not going to erect scaffolding to string lights all over the house. No. But nor did I want to do something, well, small. So, no lighting up just the easily accessed porches.

Then an idea hit me: I should take advantage of the main glory of the exterior, the three-story tower. But how? The weeks passed and one idea just kept coming back around: A big, really big light tree.

It was easy actually, and Justin helped me. We opened up the center, third-floor window, and screwed a big hook above the window. Then I purchased 600 linear feet of LED lights. We simply dropped each string to the ground, and through a hook in a 16-foot wide bottom board secured to the ground, and then pulled another string back up, and so on. Justin then surprised me with a white star for the top! The whole process was easy and kinda fun.

During the day the tree is, unexpectedly, almost invisible. But at night? Oh baby. I just stood out front and smiled and smiled and smiled.

From the first night I began receiving positive tweets from neighbors and other Emporians.

I am crossing my fingers that the tree is large enough so that Santa will see it from the North Pole. And access for Santa should be easy.

I have three chimneys.



After I posted this thread, I had requests to add an image from across the street. One of my neighbors already had sent me just such an image, so I have attached it below. Although the whole top part of the tree is obscured by a branch, you still get the idea. Thanks Lesley!


  1. amyheavilin on November 29, 2014 at 3:29 am

    If you don’t get a picture of this from across the street so we can all see how awesome it is, I might stop being your best friend.

    Also, Christmas is my favorite.

    • Kelly on November 29, 2014 at 6:25 am

      I was coming to request the same thing! 🙂 Beautiful though!

    • Ross on November 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Amy! How can I deny you anything? See above…

  2. Nick on November 29, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Great job! Just leave me some milk and cookies – thanks, SC

  3. amyheavilin on November 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Outstanding! I love it. It’s really a great idea – simple but full of impact!

  4. Vicki B on January 4, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Is this still lit? I have been reading your blog all afternoon and just got to this post! Love your blog and so hope to tour this house some day!!

    • Ross on January 4, 2015 at 12:56 am

      The tree is still up, and lighted. But not for long!

  5. Sandra G. McNichol on February 19, 2015 at 2:13 am

    AWESOME! Just awesome! I am also a believer in the absolute necessity of Christmas lights. I think Santa did see your lights, Ross.

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