February 8, 2023
A protracted-running Christmas custom ends at ‘iconic’ Arlington house

Calvin and Elinor Marcey have been adorning their house at 1610 North Abingdon Road, in Arlington, Virginia, since 1969.

A protracted-running Christmas custom ends at ‘iconic’ Arlington house
This would be the final 12 months for the “iconic” vacation show that’s been lighting up the Arlington, Virginia, neighborhood at Calvin and Elinor Marcey’s home since 1969.
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Holiday light display at the Marcey's house in Arlington.
Children pose for a photograph at Calvin and Elinor Marcey’s home at 1610 N. Abingdon St., in Arlington, Virginia.
Holiday light display at the Marcey's house in Arlington.
A letter Calvin Marcey wrote, saying that he must focus his consideration on his spouse’s care, explains why this 12 months’s mild show would be the couple’s final.
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Holiday light display at the Marcey's house in Arlington.
A fraction of the show on the Marcey’s home in Arlington, Virginia, that features a massive nutcracker, the minions from the movie “Despicable Me” and the rodents from Alvin and the Chipmunks.
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The Marcey's Christmas lights have been attracting crowds for 53 years.
The Marcey’s Christmas lights have been attracting crowds for 53 years.
Holiday light display at the Marcey's house in Arlington.
Calvin Marcy left a letter on the porch, explaining that this 12 months would be the ultimate 12 months of the broadly identified show.
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Holiday light display at the Marcey's house in Arlington.
A medium-sized Santa Claus ornament underneath an evergreen arch, topped with an indication that reads, “Have your self a merry little Christmas,” on the Marcey’s ultimate Christmas show in Arlington, Virginia.
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Calvin and Elinor Marcey have been adorning their house at 1610 North Abingdon Road, in Arlington, Virginia, since 1969.

It’s a type of homes that individuals discuss and wish to see each Christmas. Lights, Santas, teddy bears, sweet canes, dolls, trains, cartoon characters — it has all of it. Santa’s sleigh even sits atop their roof. Vacation lovers have made viewing the show a convention for many years, and sometimes, individuals who previously lived within the neighborhood even come again simply to see the decorations.



Martin Doczkat used to reside down the road from the Marcey home. He’s introduced his younger son to see the decorations for about 10 years. Helen Sauvage, one other former neighbor, introduced a younger cousin to benefit from the show. She mentioned it’s unhappy to listen to it’s ending however provides: “Issues change.”

Guests realized issues had been altering from a framed letter the Marcey couple left on a desk on their porch subsequent to a practice set and a crimson stocking. In it, Calvin Marcey explains this would be the final 12 months for his or her famend show as a result of he must focus his consideration on his spouse’s care.

Take heed to WTOP reporter Sandy Kozel’s report.

Marcey writes within the letter:

“Like all of you, we have now loved our Christmas show over the past 53 years. Sadly, resulting from Mrs. Marcey’s well being situation, we’ll not have the ability to have a show as my full time and a focus will must be directed to her care. Whereas we recognize the assist of our neighbors who’ve volunteered to assist, it simply isn’t sensible to proceed our show.

We have now loved sharing this with you for all these years and recognize being a part of your loved ones’s traditions. Thanks very a lot and from our total household to yours, we want you a Merry Christmas and Comfortable New Yr.”

Kristen Hand lives across the nook from the Marceys. She says the glow from their home is available in by means of her bed room window. She calls that “very nice and a consolation to look out and see it lit up.” Her son, Lucas, calls the show “iconic” and says he’s “actually unhappy to see it go.”

Lots of of individuals have posted good needs and reminiscences of their visits over time on a neighborhood Fb web page, saying how a lot they’ve loved the show. The show features a “letters to Santa” mailbox. Hand suggests individuals fill it with thanks notes to the Marceys for the enjoyment they’ve dropped at their Arlington neighborhood for over a half-century.

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