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Family takes Slidell Christmas display to a new level for a good cause

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SLIDELL, La. - Heavy traffic backed up in a typically quiet Northshore neighborhood on Christmas Eve, thanks to one family's lights display.

Hundreds of cars are passing through the Chamale Cove area of Slidell to get a glimpse of the Morris Family Christmas Lights Extravaganza. It's a spectacle that's attracting visitors from near and far – a highly technical lights display that takes months to put together.

The extravaganza is synced up to a number of Christmas songs, and as folks drive by, they can set their radio dials to a specific station and enjoy their own personal show.

Vehicles flow into the neighborhood and wait in line down the block to get a close-up view. Homeowner Steve Morris said he does it to make memories.

"We're here to create memories and create traditions, and I think we're doing it," he said. "We really start back in July. I actually start putting things out about a month before Thanksgiving. It's 102,000 LED lights and about 7.2 miles of wire that goes into it."

He said his neighbors are good sports.

"The neighborhood has been great with the whole thing," Morris said. "It's tough with the neighbors trying to do their own schedules and all that around it, trying to get to parties and it really gets backed up. Probably about 400 cars a night come through here."

The Morris family said despite the hard work that goes into the display, it's all well worth it. During the show they ask spectators to consider making a donation to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

"I think it's wonderful for somebody to come out here and do this for this kids at Christmastime," said spectator Jessica Dickens. "I think it's a great thing."

"It's amazing," said Benny Elliott. "I wish I could do it at my house - probably takes a lot of work. Yeah, it probably takes a lot of time, effort and money."

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