Wentworth Road Christmas display continues to delight drivers

Ashley Thompson
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The lights at 1440 Wentworth illuminate at 5 p.m. and shut off at 10 p.m. daily during the holiday season

For as long as she can remember, Erin Amirault has had something to look forward to aside from Santa’s visit at Christmas time — a drive past Morris Benedict’s home.

Benedict’s Christmas display takes Amirault back to the days when she was around the same age as her five and seven-year-old girls are now. As a child, Amirault could barely wait to see how Benedict, a carpenter who worked with her father, decorated his Wentworth Road home for the holidays.

Now, she can hardly wait for her daughters to see it.

“He loves Christmas and he loves for little kids to see it,” she said. “I always make sure that I drive my girls out by his house.”

Benedict’s one-of-a-kind display features several wooden pieces he built himself. Some of the highlights include a nativity scene, reindeers, Santa’s workshop and, Benedict’s own favourite, a 32-foot wooden train.

The display is always a heartwarming sight, especially for those who know the 74-year-old man behind the work.

“He’s probably one of the nicest men you could ever meet,” said Amirault.

Benedict remembers his Christmas display starting with a team of wooden reindeer about 30 years ago and growing — and growing and growing — from there.

He says he’d like for it to continue to grow, but he had to ease back a bit after undergoing two hip replacement surgeries in the last year.

“It’s a great feeling to know you’re doing something everybody appreciates." Morris Benedict

“It’s something I enjoy doing and I’ll keep doing it as long as my health stays good,” he said.

Benedict worried that he may not be able to put Christmas lights on the house this year, but a few friendly neighbours stepped up to help him perfect his beloved display.

The lights at 1440 Wentworth illuminate at 5 p.m. and shut off at 10 p.m. It’s not uncommon for cars to pull over to the side of the road to take in the spectacle.

Many visitors take pictures with some of the wooden decorations Benedict made from scratch and asked Linda Croft, a Brooklyn area resident, to paint.

Local long-term care homes for seniors often bus residents to the festive home, where Benedict and his wife,Ella — who meticulously decorates every room in the house for Christmas — treat them to a can of cookies.   

“It’s a great feeling to know you’re doing something everybody appreciates,” said Benedict.

He jokes that the display is his gift to the community — and Nova Scotia Power.

“I want people to come and enjoy it.”

 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: Wentworth Road, Brooklyn, Windsor Hants County

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  • Judy Macdonald
    December 29, 2013 - 09:14

    Amazing and beautiful display!! My son loves the train!!

  • Wilma Lynch Florida
    December 25, 2013 - 09:54

    Beautiful display .Thanks for the pictures. Some year I may get to see the real view.

  • Bobbyee Archibald
    December 24, 2013 - 12:28

    My grandfather lived beside Morris up until just a few years ago. And every year I looked forward to aeeingn all his decorations. It was like a Christmas wonderland. I also loved his willow trees on the front lawn close to the road. He is a kind wonderful man. I also remember peeking through the tall hedges and watching him trim them every summer.

  • Dennis Allen
    December 24, 2013 - 10:16

    We drive by every year, and our children just love the lights, The Train is always a favorite. Keep up the Christmas cheer.