Moultrie Observer

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December 19, 2012

Family tradition fills the yard with Christmas cheer

MOULTRIE — Clyde and Gloria Sherling moved into the little house at 1208 11th St. S.W. in the 1950s. That first Christmas, they put up a few decorations.

For a few years, they swapped out decorations on different themes. An artist, Clyde Sherling designed many of the pieces.

One year, he designed the Candy House, and from then on the display kept getting bigger.

Clyde Sherling died in 1995, but his and Gloria’s children and grandchildren have continued to decorate for Christmas.

“We’ve done it, all this time, as a family,” Gloria Sherling said. “… We get a lot of joy and pleasure from it. It makes Christmas for us every year.”

Every year adds something new. Last year it was The Grinch. This year, it’s Elmo.

Sherling said everyone is welcome to drive by and see the display, which is illuminated at night. She said people who grew up looking at the decorations now bring their own children by to see them.

Sherling’s house is the latest addition to The Observer’s list of Christmas displays. Add your Christmas lights and decorations to the list; call Adelia Ladson at 985-4545 ext. 1722 or email her at

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