Just in time for the Christmas decorating season, Santa Sharon has a deal for you.
For more than 40 years Sharon Ehrig decorated her home on Woodlawn Avenue North with thousands of Christmas lights and other decorations. Her home was so bright and decorated, it was on the old-time Metro bus tour of Christmas lights for 10 years. And for 18 years, Ehrig dressed herself in a Santa suit and sat on her front porch, rocking for hours as visitors passed by, cheering wildly.
But all that ended in 2011 after Ehrig broke her wrist and her husband, Fred, died two years later. No more lights. Her once sparkling home went dark.
Now Ehrig is giving all her Christmas decorations away to Wallingford residents, some 30,000 lights and other Christmas decorations, including her fleet of eight reindeer, equipped with saddles, that she’d like to see go to one person. She also has a giant Santa perched on a chair, with a golden retriever by his side, that she never displayed. She has 100 candy canes, three dozen snowflakes and other assorted figurines.
“I want to give them away to people who will appreciate them,” said Ehrig, adding that her husband had been stringing lights on their Wallingford home even before they married in 1966. Every year she’d add more lights and decorations, and her electric bill grew so high, $250 a month, neighbors and a group of bicyclists helped pay for it. “It hurts me not to do it anymore, but I had to quit,” she said.
Ehrig, who navigates the neighborhood in a little red scooter, said anyone interested in her lights – some new — can come by her home, 3916 Woodlawn Ave. N. on Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m. She’ll give away the figurines on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2, or until they disappear. Any lights left over from Saturday will be available on Sunday. She’ll supply power cords to check to see if the lights work. While she’s not selling the lights, she said she will accept donations and ask that no dealers come by.