Local man goes above and beyond to spread holiday cheer

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ANDREWS -- Christmas is just around the corner, and the City of Andrews is gearing up for their annual light display.

Today, Randall Roberts, the mastermind behind it all, was seen putting finishing touches on the mega tree, which he says, could be the biggest Christmas tree in Texas.

Come Monday night, the 75-foot tall tree will be illuminated by thousands of LED lights.

Back in 2007, Roberts began showcasing elaborate Christmas scenes on his own front yard.

But when more and more people were attracted to his house, traffic became an issue in his neighborhood.

So last year, the city allocated the grass lot beside the Andrews Business and Technology Center to the light display.

Roberts puts in thousands of hours of labor and time into the project, and all for one reason: "kids and veterans, that keeps us going,” Roberts said.

But he added that the Christmas display wouldn’t have been possible without a little holiday spirit and a lot of support.

"People from out of town even out of state were really impressed by the forward looking city and county government."

They were so impressed, in fact, that the county gave Roberts $60,000 dollars—through Keep Andrews Beautiful—of its funding for community projects, and Roberts actually matched that amount with his own money.

A lot of that money goes to high-tech computer systems which synchronize music with the flashing lights on the display.

Aside from the mega tree, there are several other smaller trees scattered around the display, including a gingerbread house that Andrews High School and Odessa College art students decorated.

You can even treat yourself to hot chocolate provided by the Andrews Chamber of Commerce.

Back in 2014, Roberts played “God Bless the USA” and put it on Facebook. He had no idea it would go viral, but it did.

“I got thousands of emails from veterans around the country, around the world, that were touched by it. That gave me new motivation,” he said.

You’ll be able to see the whole Christmas light display in all its glory come Monday night when the sun goes down.

Roberts says Santa Claus will even be at the site Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

For more information, visit the Andrews Christmas Lights Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/andrewschristmas/