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Thousands of lights, hours of work go into retiree’s Christmas display

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Published:   |   Updated: December 20, 2013 at 07:46 AM

PLANT CITY Paul Cerny has decorated the outside of his home for Christmas for a decade.

This year, he decided to go all out for the holiday.

The retired postal employee worked for three months, starting Sept. 1, putting on his biggest display ever. He used a railroad theme, with two engines and 18 cars fashioned from half-inch PVC pipe.

“This is what happens when you don’t have anything to do,” quipped Cerny, who lives at 2804 Mayday Drive.

His display includes 12,000 small lights, 215 larger ones and 100 bubble lights.

“I wanted to use every light I could find in my garage,” said Cerny, who retired in 2001 after a 33-year career.

He turns on the lights at 5:30 p.m. and keeps them burning until 11 p.m. at his home off Wilder Road, north of Interstate 4. He plans to keep the display lit nightly through Dec. 31.

Cerny said he is making greater use of LED lights because they use less power.

The result was worth the months of work, he said.

“I just enjoy doing it,” he said. “It’s fun.”

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