The aura of Taylor Swift, a global phenomenon, has found its way into the heart of Naperville, Illinois, thanks to the creative endeavors of the Scott family. As the holiday season unfolds, the suburban landscape has been transformed into what can only be described as “Swiftmas,” a spectacle that has captivated not just the local residents, but also the attention of passersby from near and far.
The Scott household, nestled near Atlas and Tupelo, has become a focal point for onlookers, drawing them in like moths to a flame. Whether traveling on foot, by car, or aboard a festive trolley, the traffic outside the Scott residence has taken on the allure of a suburban legend, a testament to the magnetic pull of Taylor Swift’s influence.
Amy Scott, the homeowner and mastermind behind this dazzling display, admits, “We weren’t expecting, like, all of this.” Yet, in retrospect, the overwhelming response is perhaps unsurprising given Taylor Swift’s widespread appeal and the universal connection people feel to her music and persona.
The inception of “Swiftmas” in Naperville can be traced back to Amy’s post-viewing reflections after watching Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour” movie. “I walked out of there saying two things. Number one, I want bangs, and number two, we can do this for our lights display,” Amy recalls with a smile.
Enthralled by the idea, Amy enlisted the support of her husband, Brian, and their daughters, Rebecca and Emily. What followed was a few weeks of meticulous planning, and then, as Thanksgiving break arrived, it was time to turn their vision into reality. The result? A holiday lights display that leaves no corner untouched, an illuminated ode to Taylor Swift’s musical legacy.
The enthusiasm is palpable as Emily recounts, “When we got home on Wednesday, we got out of the car from driving three hours from college, and my mom’s like, ‘Let’s go start on the Christmas lights and put out the friendship bracelets and everything.’ So, it’s really fun to be a part of this.”
The festivities extend beyond the glittering lights. Even the neighbors have caught the spirit of Swift, joining hands to contribute to the communal joy. Amy shares, “We have all the girls in the neighborhood made friendship bracelets to pass out, and so, they have been passing out friendship bracelets and sharing that love and kindness with everybody.”
As Amy reflects on the parallels between Swift’s themes and the essence of Christmas, she emphasizes the shared emphasis on spreading happiness and joy. In many ways, “Swiftmas” becomes not just a celebration of Taylor Swift but an embodiment of the values that define the holiday season.
For those curious to experience “Swiftmas” firsthand, Amy offers a heartening promise, “We’ll leave the Christmas lights up until January.” The generosity in extending the festive spirit beyond the conventional holiday period is a testament to the Scott family’s commitment to spreading cheer and creating a lasting memory for their community.
What began as a personal inspiration drawn from a cinematic experience has blossomed into a communal celebration that transcends the boundaries of the Scott family’s home. As the lights continue to twinkle in the suburban night, the Scott family’s “Swiftmas” serves as a shining example of how creativity and the spirit of giving can transform a neighborhood into a beacon of festive delight. We just wonder whether it’ll become an annual tradition!