Broken Arrow family creates massive Christmas display, collects donations for charity

Broken Arrow family creates massive Christmas display, collects donations for charity

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — It's become a tradition for the Slankard family in Broken Arrow to go above and beyond with its annual holiday decorations.

For almost 28 years, the family has decorated and lit up its home during the Christmas season. Each year. the display gets bigger and better than the year before, according to Robert Slankard.

The retired Broken Arrow teacher said that, on average, you'll find almost 500 different displays and almost 100,000 lights at the family's home near 101st St and County Line Road.

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Slankard said he started it as a hobby, as something that was "fun."

He said that, not only have the displays grown, but the number of people who have made it a tradition to come and see the lights each year has grown, too.

Slankard and his wife said that, four years ago they started to make their tradition about helping others, when they started collecting donations and canned food items for the Broken Arrow Neighbors charity group.

The family said it was able to collect almost $900 and hundreds of canned food for the cause last year.

Slankard said that, each year, the family adds and builds new decorations, so visitors can always expect to see something new.

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