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Town turns out to celebrate ‘Mr. Christmas’ — the man who lit up his home for 36 years

Posted at 11:06 PM, Dec 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-23 23:40:08-05

CONCORD, Calif. – A California man who has brightened a neighborhood with his holiday lights display for 36 years got an amazing tribute from neighbors Monday.

Bruce Mertz, also known as “Mr. Christmas” in his Concord neighborhood is pulling the plug on his yearly display after stringing miles of lights for 36-years.

KPIX reports that it has been a tough year for him after back surgery, a heart attack, and a pace maker.

“It’s what kept me alive.  It’s what kept me going for a long time,” Mertz said of his lights display.


When Bruce said he was handing in his elf hat, neighbors wanted to throw him a Christmas party worthy of the show in his front yard.

“The idea of him unplugging the lights one last time and not having anybody here to show him how much those 36-years have meant was a sad one,” party organizer Jackie Kouhi said.

So, just like in a Christmas movie, the town came out to bask in the glow of his lights and celebrate the man behind the display.

“Golly, it was amazing,” Mertz said. “I didn’t think there would ever be that much response.”