TAMWORTH teen Brodie Frazer could have spent the $600 he saved from his after-school job on a lot of things.
But he rejected all the usual teenage temptations – clothes, socialising, a new techno toy – and instead blew the lot on Christmas lights – and he couldn’t be happier.
He has been planning his display since October and started installing the lights last month.
The hailstorm in November that caused so much damage across South Tamworth also damaged a lot of the lights he put up and deflated the blow-up Santa on his roof.
Not to be put off, he replaced them – including Santa – and added a few more strings of lights and candy canes.
He even thinks his display may have inspired a few others to embrace the Christmas spirit.
“We were the first ones in the street ... but now there’s quite a few and it’s looking a lot brighter,” Brodie said.
He’s chosen mostly solar lights, too, mindful of the electricity costs and maintaining they’re easier to work with.
The Tamworth High student is already thinking ahead, too, with plans to build on his light display for next year.