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Retired Hampton veteran continues tradition of lighting up community with Christmas display

Posted at 4:04 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 16:40:34-05

HAMPTON, Va. — In a year when so much has changed, a Hampton Christmas light display continues its tradition of lighting up the neighborhood and spreading holiday cheer.

The man behind the magnificent light show on Deep Run Road in the Northampton neighborhood is Marvin Burger.

At 80 years old, Burger keeps creating a wonderland of whimsy for his community year after year.

“I’m retired. I’ve got nothing else to do,” explained Burger.

He’s been dedicated to going all-out with Christmas decorations for decades— many of which he makes in the bright, red shed in his backyard aptly named, “Santa’s Workshop.”

“I started while I was still in the service making small stuff, you know, that I could pack and take along with me.”

The house had humble beginnings, but Burger has been committed to lighting up the neighborhood for around 40 years.

“I start usually on the first of November,” he explained.

By December 10, there was still more to be done.

Burger says he’s, “starting to run out of ideas and definitely running out of space.”

Good thing for Burger, his neighbor is willing to loan a portion of their yard for the display to grow.

The lights have wowed the community for generations and is a tradition fond to the young and young at heart.

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“You can stop; you can look; you can take all the photographs you want. The only thing I won’t agree to is a selfie,” he said.

He admits he’s gone overboard, but he’ll keep going every year for as long as he can.

“If it makes one person feel good, I have accomplished my mission,” said Burger.

Marvin Burger's Hampton Christmas light display