Monday, November 1st, 2010


The History of the Tripp Family Christmas Lights

Joe and Marie Tripp were married on December 24, 1974. They are the proud parents of five children: Monica, Mendi, Joey, Amanda, and Jami. Christmas has always been a special time of the year for the Tripp Family. Since the birth of their children the Tripp’s have decorated for the holidays like Halloween, Easter, Christmas, etc. However, out of all the holidays Christmas was the one the Tripp’s focused on the most. It started with a strand of lights on the front porch. The beginning was nothing special but it soon grew bigger. What were a few strands of lights became a mini display with a plastic Santa and decorated trees. Years later, the entire front yard was decorated with all kinds of plastic and wire decorations and lights galore. This was still a modest and simple display and was nothing like we have today. What really sparked the light display they have today was a turning point for the entire family.

Joey Tripp at age 11

On May 28th 1995, the son Joey was diagnosed with stage 4 osteo sarcoma (bone cancer) on his left femur. Joe and Marie were told by several doctors in Macon, GA that there was no hope because the cancer had progressed too far. The doctors said the only treatment they could offer was to amputate his leg and to send him home to die. With the help of some very special people the Tripp’s were sent to doctors in Atlanta. Joey fought cancer from 1995 until 2001 and every year all he wanted was to see the Christmas lights. There were several times that Joey had to spend Christmas in the hospital to receive chemotherapy but it never stopped Joe and Marie from granting their child’s wish.

Since then, the Tripp’s have increased the light display to encompass their entire yard. The Tripp’s decorate their home and welcome strangers to walk and share the joy and hope that these lights have given them. Christmas is not only a time for giving gifts but it is also a time for family, miracles, joy, togetherness, and hope.

The Tripp Family with Ben Jones

“Every light that you see in our yard is a prayer that has been answered. We have been given a wonderful gift and we continue to receive many blessings. We are so thankful our family is together and everyone is well. I’m so proud of all my children. My four daughters are a blessing to me every day and I’m a proud grandmother to two wonderful grandchildren. Joey has been cancer free for several years. My children are the reason we continue to put up these lights and they will always be the reason,” said Marie Tripp.

Awards and Honors

- Winner of the 2008 Festive Yard Contest presented by 13WMAZ
– Featured in Macon Telegraph on Sunday, December 13, 2009 – View Story
– Featured in Dublin Courier Herald on Saturday, December 12, 2009
– Featured in Cochran Journal on Tuesday, December 15, 2009
– Featured in Southern Style with Mark Ballard, October 2010 issue
– Listed on

– Featured in the Top Stories of the Dodge County News, November 26, 2010.
– Featured on the front page of the Cochran Journal, November 30, 2010
– Featured on the front page of The Twiggs Times New Era, November 25, 2010