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    Posted December 24, 2009 by
    LUBBOCK, Texas

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    Christmas Spirit Brightens Homes of US Military Families


    Christmas Decor seeks to Light 200 Soldiers’ Homes This Winter to Bring Holiday Joy to Families with Loved Ones Serving in the military.

    LUBBOCK, TX- Last winter’s holiday season, Christmas Decor, the nation’s largest outdoor lighting and decorating franchise, honored and celebrated men and women serving overseas by decorating almost 100 homes as part of its, “Decorated Family”, a program that gives an opportunity for us to thank American servicemen and women for putting their lives on the line every day and to help light up the lives of the families they needed to leave behind. This 4th of July, the Christmas Decor family of more than 375 franchisees is reaching out to the American public, on the most patriotic day of the year, to launch its biggest search yet to nominate families who have loved ones that are or will be serving in the armed forces this winter so they too can be eligible for the illuminating program.

    “We want to decorate twice as many homes this year and I know with America’s help we can make this dream into a reality,” Blake Smith, founder of Christmas Decor said. “Christmas Decor was built upon ideas of giving back. Decorated Family was built upon those same beliefs. I am very proud of our franchisees and their dedication to make this program such a success across the country. Now we need America’s help to nominate those families. While we cannot bring home a family’s loved one from the war or serving overseas, we can provide some holiday joy by decorating their home.”

    Families are selected for “Decorated Family” from those nominated via the “Decorated Families” link on the Christmas Decor website, www.ChristmasDecor.net. There is a brief application with an opportunity to write a 500 word essay describing why the family being nominated should become a Christmas Decor Decorated Family. Applications must be submitted online and families will be awarded based on their proximity to a participating Christmas Decor franchise and the impact of their story.

    Once selected, the family will be contacted by a Christmas Decor designer who will design a custom holiday display for their home and suggest options to the family. Then a crew will install the decor prior to December 15. At the end of the season, Christmas Decor will return to the home and take down the display.

    “I knew families would need some cheering up in the coming months and since we are already in the business of lighting people’s lives, it seemed like a no-brainer,” Bob Landaker, branch manager of Christmas Decor of Kennewick, WA and Senske Lawn & Tree Care, said.

    Decorated Family first began as an idea. Landaker thought there had to be a way for the franchise to give back to military families during the holiday. Landaker recalls that a dinner gathering in 2003 got him into the spirit of the holidays and made him think about the many military families that wouldn’t be able to share a holiday dinner with their soldiers that season.

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