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Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Mar 28, 2018 in General Interest

Pelzer "light people".

Most people have no idea what that means. But for many people growing up in the Upstate of South Carolina, it was a Christmas tradition. Pelzer is a small mill town in the upper part of South Carolina. And on a little road full of mill houses, were the Pelzer "light people".  They were people that decorated their houses with huge amounts of christmas lights and even wore light suits, clothing adorned with dozens of lights. Every Christmas, the light people would stand outside their houses and welcome people who came by to see them. Soon cars lines got longer and longer, and some years it might take an hour or more to see the "light people". For a few years, my family would make a yearly trek to look at the lights and the light people. Usually there was a candy cane or other candy for children and we always got a kick out of the visit.

Yes, the display could be called hokey, or cheesy, but it also brought joy to young and old for over 25 years. I never knew who started the light people until today. I read that the matriarch of the light people was Louise Watson.  She recently passed away at the age of 92. I hope she realized the joy she brought others. RIP.

For more information, go to this article on WYFF.

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