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Name Arlington Fans
Date 2019-01-05 22:42:38
Message We had your display on our holiday activity list and there was no better way to wrap up the season! You have to see this in person to appreciate the tremendous effort that went into what is truly a perfect display. We had moved beyond Christmas here on Jan 5 but we fired up the Christmas music for the rest of the night after visiting Collingwood. Thank you so much. We'll be back next year!

Name Peter Young
Date 2019-01-06 22:08:21
Message Just got back from Collingwood one last time. Christmas has now officially ended. Farewell and goodbye until this December when we will meet again. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. See you December 1st and in the meantime a Happy Thanksgiving, Easter, Halloween, Mother's Day, and Father's Day.

352 Days Until Christmas

Name Kathy Pollack
Date 2019-01-14 09:58:50
Message Thanks so much for all you do! I've lived near Collingwood all my life (1955) and visited your great gift every year with my family. It wouldn't be Christmas without Collingwood Lights!

Name Huguette I Stevens
Date 2019-01-19 11:52:53
Message I visited for the first time this past christmas. We stood there marvelling at the decoration for over 30 minutes. My two kids had so much fun as I did too. Thank you for making this our new tradition .

Name Gary Wolanske
Date 2019-11-01 17:41:40
Message Mr. Vaughan,

Let me be the first to tell you that while I am sure this decision to not do the lights is weighing heavy on you, please know that I support you and this decision (as I'm sure many will agree).

It is never easy to say goodbye to tradition but as a first time visitor last year (my sister saw you win the contest on TV and told me about you) I do have to say that if 2018 was your last year, it sure was a doozie! (plus you have to let others win once in a while too now).

Health comes first so please take care of yourself and your family and enjoy the Holidays in an equally enjoyable way this year, But do allow me to say thank you once again for all the years that you've done this.

One of your many neighbors in Alexandria.


Name Michael B Fannon
Date 2019-11-15 17:43:49
Message Thank you for all the joy over the past 25 or so years. I most certainly understand if it has gotten to be too much. Thank you again for the Christmas Treat and I love the story of how it got started. I stopped by and met you one year as you were cleaning up in February.

God Bless.

Name Mary
Date 2019-11-18 09:05:08
Message Mr. Vaughan,
Got to thinking about Christmas light displays and the first that came to mind was yours, so I pulled up this site to see when it would be starting. My husband and I saw it about 10 years ago at the recommendation of friends who live in Alexandria and we brought our daughters by last Christmas to see it - both times it just took my breath away and put tears in my eyes!
Reading that you aren't able to put up the display this year - I am very sorry to hear of your health problems and will pray for your recovery. I remain hopeful that your health improves and that next year you will be able to put it up - have you considered advertising for volunteers to help out? We live in Montgomery County, MD so not right around the corner, but would bet there would be a great turn out of volunteers in the area.
Thank you for the incredible light show and memories from seeing it - we were blessed by your generosity! God bless you

Mary & family

Name Bill Vaughan
Date 2019-11-23 19:16:24
Message I haven’t posted in forever, not because decorating hasn’t been on my mind, It has been pretty much all I have thought about these last 7 or 8 months. I haven’t posted because of my fear of the finality of what I need to say. With Dec. 1st and Collingwood Lights traditional light up right around the corner I really can’t put this off any longer. Due to health I will not be doing my display this year. As for the future, I have come to terms with the fact that this December will be dark but I just can’t bring myself to say 2018 was our last, I just can’t.
I want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over these many years. I feel blessed. I have so many memories that span the last 25+ years, the smiles, the laughter, the kid’s squeals and the joy of knowing it was of my doing. Collingwood Lights truly was my Christmas present to myself. I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life and as my wife has reminded me more than once, if 2018 was indeed Collingwood Lights swan song what a way to turn off the lights!

Warmest Regards,
Bill Vaughan

Name Jay Spiegel
Date 2019-11-26 08:33:10
Message Thanks, Bill. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Best wishes for the return of good health. The joy you have brought our community over the years is immeasurable.

Name Brandy
Date 2019-11-29 13:05:58
Message Your display will be truly missed this year, but the memories will live on in our hearts. what you have given us each year has been a treasure for us all.

Much good health & happiness to you & yours.

Name Professor Lyrical
Date 2019-11-29 17:18:30
Message Hey Bill, sorry to hear about your health. I loved your lights last year (so did my 5 year old son and wife). Let me know if you ever would want a free team to help you decorate. Professor Lyrical

Name Karen Peck
Date 2019-12-03 23:15:36
Message Thank you for the joy and light you have given to my family during this season of joy for so many years! We send bright wishes to you and your family for good health and joy!

Name Erik Synnestvedt
Date 2019-12-07 11:48:18
Message Mr. Vaughan, If you have a chance, I'd like to ask you about how I might go about creating a large Curly W Nationals light display for my yard? I'm not sure how I'd go about it, but I envision some sort of metal stand that someone could fabricate that lights could be attached to. I figured you might be the best person to ask about this. I'm local, living around the corner from you on Gladstone Pl. in Hollin Hall. My family has enjoyed your display for many years, and I'm sorry to hear that you won't be able to do it this year. I hope you and your family have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday,and I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time. Best, Erik

Date 2019-12-22 02:50:55
Message I really love what you have been doing for several years now by decorating your house for everyone to always enjoy and see every year

It always brings a whole lot of joy and love to me to be able to see your house decorated for Christmas and for New Years

I have very severe medical issues

I really have no car at all for me to be able to come to see your house decorated for Christmas and for New Years this year

I really want to be able to come to see your house decorated for Christmas and for New Years this year so very bad because of how much joy and love it will always make me feel by me being able to come to see your house decorated for Christmas and for New Years this year and it really would mean so very much for me to come to see your house decorated for Christmas and for New Years this year

Name Carol Johnson
Date 2019-12-23 00:26:04
Message Dear Mr. Vaughan,Thank you for all the many years you have shared your lights with all of us. I remember back when you were in your little house with NOEL in lights on the roof. I remember taking a photo of your lights and sending it to a friend's child who was stationed in the middle east to remind him of home. I remember driving my heartbroken niece (she and her husband had divorced; he had custody of their child; he was on the east coast, and my niece lived on the west coast. I had invited her for Christmas) by your house to cheer her up- her ex and her child then came to visit my niece at my home. My niece took them to your house to sit and watch the lights. They started talking, and they remarried several months later (and are still married over ten years now). In 2015 and 2016 I took my Mother on rides by your home. She had dementia and did not get to do many things, but sitting in the car and watching your lights made her happy. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the wonderful memories you gave us all. You have blessed us all with a tremendous gift. So rest and heal and cherish the memory of the great joy you have given all of us. If you never do your lights again, SMILE and be happy when you think about them. They were a JOYOUS event and a gift so many of us enjoyed!!!!

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