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Christmas display repeatedly vandalized

Residents in a Pensacola neighborhood say vandals are tearing down their Christmas lights.

The homes neighbors say are being vandalized are along McChlellan Road.

Channel Three's Jenise Fernandez spoke with one neighbor who says, this isn't the first time his home has been vandalized.

The Van Matre family always decorates their home for Christmas. It's a family tradition and something the whole neighborhood enjoys.
But every year, their decorations get torn down, broken, and sometimes stolen.

John Van Matre came home Monday morning to find his decorations torn down, Christmas trees and reindeer on the ground.... and inflatable decorations   unplugged.

"Just about every reindeer... anything that can be knocked over was either knocked over or laid over".

Van Matre says vandals come to his home every year messing with his decorations.
This year wasn't as bad as year's past. About three years ago, someone punched holes in the inflatables, stole lights, and put the reindeer in inappropriate positions.
It was enough to make Van Matre not want to put up Christmas lights anymore, but it's something he enjoys to do and the neighborhood looks forward to it every year.

"The people that stop by and talk about the joy you feel you're spreading. they all look forward to it."

"I love how the little kids... we love your lights."

Van Matre and his daughter, Ashley, started fixing the displays, making sure everything was back in its original place.
Ashley helps her dad put the lights up.  It takes days and a lot of hours to make her home light up like this.
She's disappointed people keep vandalizing her family's Christmas display.

"It makes me feel like we do all this work... they don't like it anymore."

Van Matre says he did not file a police report this time, because nothing was stolen.
He hopes whoever is responsible will stop.
Reporting in Pensacola, Jenise Fernandez, Channel Three News.