Lebanese-American J.J. Coury has always had an affinity for Christmas.
“I love Christmas. It’s my favorite time of the year. For the past 50 years, I have had a great passion for decorating my home with the most spectacular light display,” he said. “Each year my house gets better and better.”
For the last 13 years, the Coury home in Reston, 11303 Stones Throw Drive, has been the must-see holiday-decorated house in Fairfax County every holiday season.
The home displays a dazzling 200,000 LED warm white lights meticulously strung over the Coury’s home and yard, covering every tree branch and twig, a life size nativity scene, Santa Claus with reindeer, and many other great traditional Christmas figures.
“This year I have decided to do something very special for the children of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital,” Coury said. “I want to make a difference for all of the children who are suffering with cancer. I decided to raise funds for St. Jude’s. This amazing hospital has changed the way the world treats pediatric cancer and other deadly diseases. And no family pays for any services at St Jude’s.”
Thousands of wide-eyed county residents drive by the Coury home every year to marvel at the sight of his home, and this year he is inviting more, asking each one to donate $10 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital by texting “life” to 50333 after they see the display. A lit sign on his lawn offers more details. As of Tuesday, he already has raised nearly $10,000 and hopes to garner more support.
“Thank God for all of our children and grandchildren who are healthy and happy. We all need to count our blessings and remember those less fortunate,” he said. “In just three short weeks, I have already collected over $9,500. My goal is $25,000. I feel very confident that I can reach this goal and potentially more.”
“This is also my way of honoring a fellow Lebanese, and founder of St Jude’s, Danny Thomas,” he said.
Those unable to see the home in person can watch a video of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re0mUdoc9lk&feature=player_embedded
“Please watch and then make your donation,” Coury asks. “And Merry Christmas to all!”