Spreading Christmas cheer in an unusual way - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/4/09

Spreading Christmas cheer in an unusual way

By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -We're all used to seeing Christmas lights on the houses around town this time of year, but in Lubbock, they may see pass you on the street. 

The next time you drive down the streets of Lubbock, don't be surprised if you see windshield wipers that twinkle or a truck bed that resembles Rudolph's nose. "I just like Christmas. I Have ever since I was a kid," said Harley Stenis. 

This Christmas, Stenis decided to take his love of Christmas lights to a new level. "I just wanted to do something fun," he said. 

Stenis and a friend set to work like elves, trying to make a bit of their own Christmas magic. "I'd never done a vehicle before," said Stenis. 

It took the pair 8 days, 25 strands with about 1,000 lights, and countless batteries to create a moving light show. It's a spectacle of holiday spirit that turns heads. "People just stare. I get a lot of honks. People yell, and I get a lot of phone calls too," said Stenis. 

"Immediately I think of Christmas," said Buffy Wimmer as she drove by. 

Stenis started putting up Christmas lights for friends a few years ago, but now thanks to his eye-catching truck he's been able to turn his unique hobby into a business. People who see the truck hire him to put lights on their house. Stenis enjoys the work, but that's not why he's glowing with pride. "I like making people happy. Make everyone's holiday's a little bit brighter," he said. 

Stenis drives around the streets of Lubbock almost every night from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

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