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Spreading happiness with Christmas lights in the Chippewa Valley

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- It may be spring, but families across the Chippewa Valley are putting their Christmas lights back up as a way to spread joy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

News 18 spoke with Brian Chaput Monday, who has been running the 'Christmas inthe Valley' light display with his family in Eau Claire since 2013.

He said only a week after he finished taking all the lights down, his wife and children came up with the idea to put the lights back up as a way to spread positivity during these dark times.

He said it took about four days to put the lights back up and said he plans to keep them up for as long as it takes to keep people happy.

"Just bring them a little happiness, help them to forget about the craziness that's going on around them," Chaput said. "If they can just have a little bit of a moment of togetherness, and a little happiness."

Chaput described the scene as a constant stream of cars, and said he has received a lot of positive messages on social media.

"It has been a much greater response than we actually anticipated," Chaput said.

The lights are on from 7 to 10 P.M. daily. More information is available on the Christmas inthe Valley Facebook page.

Jess Langlois

Jess Langlois is the weekend meteorologist and weekday multi-media journalist for News 18. She joined us in July of 2019.

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