A glow from Noble Street shines throughout the town of Orchard as a 19-year-long tradition spreads Christmas cheer.
Curt and Connie Mitteis of Orchard have dedicated years of tradition spreading their love for the holiday season. After marrying in 1998, the couple began their family tradition not knowing that it would continue for years to come.
Beginning the four-day-process, the Mitteis family breaks out their holiday bins and start their plans. Although their decorations usually have a similar layout each year, Connie said each year she likes to find new ideas to keep their decorations updated. With these ideas, they have not only found new decor but discovered easier methods.
Curt explained one of those instances, “The flood lights on our trees. It started out the first few years, we wrapped those trees. And then we tried to do a couple of others things. And one Halloween, Connie got the idea off the internet or something about putting the flood lights on them. And after that, it’s just so simple to do and it really is a nice affect. We just continued that.”
With these changes, they continue their yearly setup that started with a simple handed down nativity scene. As seen in their front lawn, Curt and Connie continue the tradition of the nativity scene which was handed down by Curt’s mother.
“As far as our yard decorations, our nativity is probably the first thing we started with. It was his mom’s, and she decided she didn’t want to put it up anymore. Curt actually made the manager and the stable. So, we just kind of kept that tradition,” said Connie.
After looking back to the beginning of their journey, the couple told about their most recent addition -- the advent candles. This year, after finding the idea online, Curt and Connie began to make one of their few homemade decorations. Using PVC pipes, caps, and a little bit of electrician work, the two made the advent candles which will individually light up each Sunday in December. The candles are on display behind the nativity scene which can be seen in the front of their lawn.
From candy canes lining the property to lights twinkling throughout the lawn, the Mitteis family has it all.
Connie explained, “When we were at the other house, we had wood siding so it didn’t matter. Curt used to get every nook and cranny outlined and stapled to the house. Almost the Griswold look, so that’s kind of how we got to be called the Griswolds.”