The Lights in Griffin Heights: Resident spreads holiday cheer

Posted at 5:32 PM, Dec 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-22 14:04:46-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee woman has been spreading holiday cheer in her neighborhood in a special way.

The Christmas lights in Griffin Heights shine bright at night. Cynthia Moore makes sure of it.

"The neighbors and the people coming through say, 'We're waiting on the lights,' or 'Ooh, that is so beautiful!'" Cynthia said.

She's lived in Griffin Heights all her life. She says her block would be lit for the holidays growing up, but now, she's the only one that still does it.

"It's just something that I like to do," Cynthia explained. "I like to light up the neighborhood. I like to light up this neighborhood."

Neighbors young and old notice her hard work every year.

"She is a wizard, because I mean the things she do for this community -- every Christmas, she's going to make sure these lights is up," said Charles Jones, a neighbor.

Cynthia has been decorating her home for the past eight or nine years, and while she says it brings joy to the community, there's really one person she's decorating for.

"It's not Christmas if you don't put up some lights or do something," said Cynthia's mother, Lucy Moore.

Cynthia's mom Lucy is 89 years old. She started the family tradition to string lights on the home.

"When I start putting them up, it lights her up, and that lights me up," said Cynthia.

For Cynthia, that joy was tested this year. She was diagnosed with cancer and has started chemotherapy.

"I didn't think I was going to be able to do it this year, because of some health issues that I'm coming down with, but the strength of my mom -- she's 89 years old, and she's all I have left," said Cynthia.

Cynthia says that's her inspiration to keep going and to keep decorating their home every year.