By Jarred Meeks
Melanie and Sergio Negrin married in 2002, and when they did, Melanie married into a long-standing Christmas tradition.
Every year, Sergio, Melanie, their 16-year-old daughter, Kaila, and 14-year-old son, Nathaniel, decorate their house and entire yard at 115 Lexington Court in a stunning display of Christmas spirit.
This year, their efforts earned first place in the Zionsville Village Residents Association’s Sixth Annual Holiday Decorating Contest.
Sergio has been enamored with Christmas light displays since childhood. When he was in junior high school in the 1990s, he would see houses in his family’s Elizabeth, N.J. neighborhood lit with colorful lights. It inspired him to ask his parents to have a strand of lights to decorate a bush in their yard.
In time, what started as a desire to decorate a single bush evolved into a passion for decorating his parent’s entire home, and the family regularly won the neighborhood’s Christmas light display competition. State politicians and news crews visited the house.
The tradition continued when Sergio moved to Zionsville. Each year, he and his family try to improve upon the previous year’s display, whether by adding more creative pieces or by imagining an entirely different way of showcasing their house. But a few staples remain – the backside of the house is always lit to resemble a Christmas tree, and Sergio has always includes blow molds in the yard.
“It’s something that brings us a lot of joy, and it’s something we really love doing for the community,” Sergio said.
The Negrins will continue to display until Three Kings Day, Jan. 6.