On Dec. 18, the Metropolis of Hurricane publicly introduced the winners of its 2020 Xmas Decorating Contest by using Facebook.

The winner of the classic class, which boasted basic Xmas décor, was 1215 Forest Drive in Hurricane. The Nuts Inflatables winner, which crammed much more than the requisite five inflatables onto its lawn, was 4070 Farmington Travel. And the winner of the Clark Griswold classification, which is impressed by the National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” film, was 43 Beaver Drive.

For Griswold winner and longtime Hurricane resident Robin Crislip, profitable $100 in reward playing cards was not her commitment for getting into the contest.

“I appreciate putting up every gentle and placing smiles on every single solitary person’s experience,” the mother of two states. “And I come to feel blessed to do that each and every yr.”

Crislip has been decorating the exterior of her residence for quite a few many years.

“I embellished for several years for my children, who are now grown,” she recollects. “We often had plenty of individuals in excess of the several years push by and acquire shots, very long prior to the contest in Hurricane started. I solely did it for the enjoyment of my neighbors and some others.”

Crislip’s penchant for Christmas decorating arrived from her father.

“My father Robert Pauley, who is now 82, has often decorated his household with countless numbers of lights,” she explains. “He never did it for a contest, though he did regulate to gain his town contest three a long time in a row.”

She provides, “As a youngster, I generally experienced a fairytale Christmas. Now I am carrying on my family’s custom.”

Hurricane’s Xmas Decorating Contest has turn into anything of a community tradition by now. Starting off in 2018 as portion of the city’s 130th anniversary celebration, the contest has encouraged residents in town limits to unfold holiday getaway cheer by ornamenting the exterior of their homes.

Contest entrants, who need to be beginner decorators, simply full a just one-webpage variety online and return it to the town by mid-December.

“I like to enter the Clark Griswold group because of my like for lights,” Crislip gushes. “Definitely, the a lot more the merrier!”

In December, the merry lights on Crislip’s house could be witnessed from Teays Valley Street.

“My spouse functions a large amount of hours, so I do all of the decorating myself,” Crislip notes. “We incorporate music and greet each and every particular person who drives by our household from our entrance porch.”

All of these special touches earned Crislip’s house the coveted very first-area location for the past two decades.

Three person judges, who are picked by the Town of Hurricane, quality the contest entries based on a rubric that is presented to them. The Town then compares the scores of all three judges to determine a winner for each and every classification.

Residents of Hurricane and even out-of-county folk designed the rounds of Hurricane in late December to examine out the 21 contest entries in the Xmas Decorating Contest. It was a way for people to get into the Xmas spirit and to see the extent to which their group associates had long gone to unfold vacation cheer.

For Robin Crislip, celebrating the time in a huge way is what she has normally completed and what she will carry on to do.

“My mom and dad normally taught me that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, so we should gentle up our earth in celebration as substantially as we can.”