Christmas train display a distraction from tragedy
Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:28:15 GMT —
At the end of Pilliod Road, in Holland, kids stare at what Chet Tippin has created.
It took me a month and a half to put everything together, said Tippin.
Actually Chet's journey to this point goes back even further. We first brought you the story of Chet and his trains last August. He has dedicated his entire front yard to an alternate world of locomotives and mini lift rides to help him cope with the loss of his daughter who was gunned down in a Toledo gas station in 2005.
She loved Christmas and when I light these up like this I know she's seeing it, said Tippin.
From dusk until 10:00 p.m., Chet welcomes visitors with a candy cane and an occasional cameo from Santa himself.
When asked if creating the display is a fun hobby or a distraction from the bad memories of his daughter's death, he says it's a little of both.
And the trains will keep running as long as he doesn't get too many complaints from the neighbors. The response has been unbelievable," said Tippin. "I mean...we probably average 50 people every night and we're running out of candy canes!