Judge aims for spectacular Christmas display every year

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And by the looks of one Lufkin house, the homeowner is pretty excited for Dec. 25.

What came as a surprise was to find out the homeowner is none other than Angelina County Judge Bob Inselmann.

The judge says while he's a tough guy inside the courtroom, behind closed doors, he's a Christmas light connoisseur.

"I put up probably over 20,000 lights," Inselmann said.

For the past 13 years, Inselmann's house has become famous on the Christmas light circuit in Lufkin, drawing in hundreds of people each year with his blinking lights and Elvis-themed music. And this year is no exception.

"Yeah the tunnels are new like I said this year, and that's sort of coming together," he said. "The Christmas trees I put those together a couple years ago and we'll have music again and just have a fun time."

Inselmann says he doesn't take it all seriously and that it's really for all children young and old.

"They love coming over here and they love watching it," he said. "We have a little kid just down the street who comes over every day. I test them occasionally and he comes over just to look at the blinking lights and it's wonderful."

It's hard work and spreading the Christmas cheer is a solo job for this dad.

"It's me," he said. "Oh you know my youngest girl is 16 and she likes it. She really likes the tunnels this year and my other one who is in college and she's not real, real happy. At least she acts like she's not and my wife tolerates it."

But it's all in the name of love to keep this man's Christmas light dream alive.

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