Light up Suffolk this season

Published 10:03 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bring on the reindeer, the Santas, the elves and the penguins. String up the lights, hang your wreaths and festoon your foliage.

It’s time for Christmas decorating, and Cross Realty is holding its second annual Christmas light contest.

“We thought it would be a fun thing to do,” said Lee Cross of Cross Realty. His three daughters — 6-year-old Margaret Laney, 4-year-old Kathryn and 20-month-old Elizabeth — enjoy looking at Christmas lights, so he started the contest to help everyone get into the holiday spirit.

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“We’ve always enjoyed this time of year,” Cross said. “We hope the community will have fun with it and enjoys watching and seeing it as much as we have.”

There are two different awards: one for the photo with the most Facebook “likes,” and a judges’ choice prize. The home with the most likes by Jan. 2 will receive $250 toward their power bill. The judges — Cross’s daughters, of course — will choose the home that receives the judges’ choice award, a $150 prize toward their power bill.

“We figured they’re giving something to the community to help spread the Christmastime joy, it’s our fun way of saying thank you and giving something back,” Cross said.

Homes in Suffolk, Isle of Wight County and Southampton County are eligible. The contest is co-sponsored by the Suffolk News-Herald.

People can enter by sending a photo of their Christmas light display via private message on the Facebook page, The photo will be posted on the Cross Realty Facebook page. Names, addresses and contact information are required with entry, so that the judges can judge and winners can be contacted, but that information will not be displayed on the Facebook page.

Cross said he hopes a lot of people will enter this year.

“We had a fairly good response last year,” he said. “We’re always hoping for more people entering, whether they are really trying to win or just as a fun thing to do.”