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Strangers Decorate Woman’s Yard with Christmas Lights

Christmas can sometimes bring out the worst in people. But earlier this week, the exact opposite was true for a home in Stone Oak, Texas, just outside of San Antonio.

When Eli Mackel went to bed Tuesday night, only the inside of her home had Christmas-themed decorations. The outside looked as it does the rest of the year. But by morning that had changed. Overnight, someone had decorated her front yard with Christmas lights, candy canes, and colorful bows. Mackel has no idea who did it.

“My head was spinning,” Mackel said. “I really want to know who did this for us.”

Obviously, this is not a case of vandalism or even holiday enthusiasm run amok. It’s almost as if professional decorators used Mackel’s house as practice or some kind of crazy experiment.

“They have extensions. They have surge protectors. It’s all brand new!” Mackel describes. “This is so random and mysteriously beautiful. But scary at the same time. I don’t know what to think.”


True, it’s a little disconcerting that someone, or a group of people, could decorate an entire yard in the middle of the night without Mackel or anyone else in the neighborhood seeing them. But Mackel isn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth, especially this time of year.

“This is the opposite of the Grinch,” she says. “Somebody has their holiday spirit very high. That person is on my team because I also have my holiday spirit very high.”

At the moment, it remains a mystery who decorated Mackel’s yard. She may have to wait to see if anyone comes to take down the decorations after the holidays. Until then, Mackel will just have to enjoy her special holiday gift from a stranger who seems to understand the true meaning of Christmas.