Matthew Pagac, 32, of Centerville, Washington County, has a head start on Christmas decorating.
Pagac built a bespoke lighted “leg lamp” for his front lawn, installing it on Saturday.
He said he was inspired to “go big” with his holiday decoration because it was his daughter’s first Christmas and he was inspired by the popular holiday movie “A Christmas Story”.
“My wife loves it and she literally lets my creativity run wild,” Pagac said of his 20-foot-tall lamp, visible to motorists traveling on Route 40.
Pagac, a teacher, used materials he had on hand to build the metal base and shade.
The project cost less than $100.
“I just had to buy the wood and the spray paint,” Pagac said. “I used boat shrink wrap on the leg to protect it from the weather.”
Pagac’s hobby is customizing vintage Volkswagen Beetle.
He said the public reaction to his lamp has been enthusiastic.
“I’m surprised there wasn’t a car accident with so many people stopping to take pictures,” Pagac said. “Between honking horns, people waving, laughing and pointing – it makes you smile.”
Pagac plans to leave the lamp on his lawn until he celebrates Orthodox Christmas on January 7
He’s still trying to figure out the logistics of storing his custom creation until next year.
“I hope to put a smile on everyone’s face this holiday and make it an annual tradition for my daughter,” Pagac said.