By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
COTTON PLANT – Steven and Christy Paul have acres full of Christmas cheer.
The Cotton Plant couple own and display more than 500 inflatable ornaments, including dozens of bigger-than-life-sized Santas, reindeer, cartoon characters and more. They also have 300,000 lights and a computerized musical light show.
“We bought three or four for Christmas,” Christy Paul said. “We put them in the back of the house, so when we came in, the boys would see Mickey Mouse, the Grinch and Rudolph.”
The kids were excited, and so was her husband.
“She brought the first one home, and I just loved it,” Steven Paul said. “I just couldn’t believe she bought one. That was it. We started our collection then.”
Before long, the decorations interested curious onlookers, so the Pauls decided to open for the public. Their display has become a Northeast Mississippi Christmas tradition.
It’s an entertaining place, and it has had a deep impact at times. The Pauls have a letter from a family with an autistic child.
“He spoke his first word here. It was ‘lights,’” Christy Paul said. “They wrote us a long letter, and it made us all cry.”
The display is open from 6 to 9 p.m. today until Friday. It’ll be closed on Christmas Eve. Donations are welcome.
It’s located just north of the Tippah and Union county line on Highway 15. You won’t be able to miss the glow at night.
Call (662) 266-1887, visit www.christmasincottonplant or check “Christmas in Cotton Plant” on Facebook.