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Christmas decorations return at South Milford residence

Take a drive south on SR 3 sometime this season. Head toward South Milford. Now, look right shortly after you pass CR 600S.

It’s hard to miss.

After missing a year, Jim Hodge has returned to filling his yard with colorful Christmas inflatables that has to be seen to be fully appreciated – preferably at night when they are all lit up.

“It started with a 16 ft. Santa,” Hodge recalled. That was the only one he put up seven years ago. “I add something new every year.” And he’s already eyeing what he wants to add for next year. New this year is a hot air balloon and a massive Mickey Mouse.

For 2011, he’s up to 25, and there are still half a dozen that he didn’t get out this year.

Hodge took last year off as he was in the hospital recovering from heart surgery. He was able to get home just before Christmas, but the yard decorations would have to wait. “But I felt terrible that I couldn’t do it,” Hodge stated.

He was anxious to get things back to normal for this Christmas and worked for over two weeks to set up the display. He admitted, though, that it was still more of a challenge this year to get the display up and running.

“I do it for the kids and the neighbors,” Hodge explained. When the display is all lit up, it draws cars down the short road that passes his house. He’ll often get a car or two that will stop in to look a little longer, too. “Feel free to drive by,” Hodge said.

Hodge has the display lit up every night from 5-9 p.m.