•December 23, 2015•
There is a glow in the 400 block of Lincoln Street in Sullivan and the Christmas season is the reason.
Clark W. Griswold watch out, Miles Wiley is on a Christmas decorating mission in Sullivan.
Not unlike the National Lampoon Christmas Vacation movie’s obsessive holiday decorator, Miles’ mission is to squeeze as much Christmas as possible onto his grandmother Wilma Wiley’s Lincoln Street lawn.
He is a 14-year-old student, whom his teacher refers to as Clark, and Miles has been in the decorating game since he was five.
“The first year I had two lighted reindeer, a couple of wooden reindeer, Santa and candy cane path markers,” Miles began, noting the path markers are all that remain of the first year.”
Each year the yard fills with more seasonal decorations, some donated by neighbors, some discovered by family members and some found online.
“We added that manger scene this year,” Wiley said, noting they drove to Alton to pick it up, and it wasn’t nearly as large as he had hoped.
One of the oldest pieces of the collection is a lighted Santa that was Miles’ mother’s.
“Wind is always an issue so the first year we had the Santa standing out in the yard, and he blew down,” Wiley said, noting one of the lights burned a hole is his tummy, but he has remained on duty ever since regardless of injury. Read More