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Popular Upstate light show TNT Lights taking 2017 holiday season off

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Tommy and Tony of TNT Lights (Source: TNT Lights Facebook) Tommy and Tony of TNT Lights (Source: TNT Lights Facebook)
MAULDIN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A popular Upstate holiday light show is taking a break this year.

TNT Lights made the announcement on their Facebook page early Thursday morning.

Tommy and Tony, who run the light show, say it takes up to 7 months to get all the lights up. The pair decided to take the year off to focus on fixing up their property.

In a Facebook post, the owners of the Mauldin-based attraction shared that after 14 years providing a free light show for the community, they are simply tired and need some time off. 

Tommy and Tony shared the following message with their thousands of followers on Facebook:

Friends, We wanted to let our 14K+ followers know that TNT Lights (Tommy & Tony's Lights) have decided to take this year, 2017 OFF! For many years we have been creating lasting memories for many thousands of folks in the area and even some from around the world. In fact we have even done our display for the past 14 years without fail ! The primary reason we have decided to take this year off is simple........WE ARE TIRED! (Hahahaha) And this isn't meant to be a joke. When we started our display 14 years ago we never dreamed it would grow and grow into what is has become. A seven month project of working day and night in all our spare time plus our full time jobs doesn't allow for much time to eat, sleep or even rest. Or to do any other things that we would like to do. Many projects around our home inside and out have been left undone due to the Christmas light project taking us from early September until the end of March. Last year it took us until early June to finish putting all the hardware items and bins away. I think we knew at this time there would be no way possible we would be able to start again in early September. We have been so fortunate to be able to provide this gift to our family, friends, and to our community for many many years in the past. While this event has been FREE of charge, most people do not even realize its a 5 figure expense out of our pockets each and every year to do this. The donations have been much appreciated and have helped greatly with our expenses. Regardless, we have been happy to do this as our gift to our family, friends, and our community. The dollars we would have spent putting up this year lights display needs to go towards cutting down trees, building retaining walls, grading our property, planting new grass or sod and fixing a few drainage issues that we have in our yard. IF THERE ARE ANY FOLKS OUT THERE WILLING TO DONATE YOUR TIME AND EFFORT IN HELPING US GET THIS DONE, WE WOULD BE FOREVER GRATEFUL AND APPRECIATIVE! We will decide next year in 2018 if our light display will happen then. We definitely are not quitting from doing our lights. We just need the time off to get other things done. While we would like to tell you all we are going to rest, the fact is we will both be very busy at our full time jobs and trying to get lots of other things done instead. Except we wont have the added stress of trying to get all the lights up and down and trying to find volunteers to help lend a hand. We know so many of you will be disappointed because we have been a family tradition for many many years. We are still part of that tradition because memories never fade and are made to last a life time. While we have spent much time, effort and money doing something that we truly love doing for so many years..... we would like to ask you to do something simple for us. Send us notes, comments, and posts to our page. Nothing could make us happier. This could also include pictures from past Christmas'. We would even love it if you just sent us an actual Christmas card in the mail. Our address is Tommy Sosebee & Tony Smith - 106 Shearbrook Dr. Mauldin, SC 29662. While we realize we have brought much joy and happiness over the years we want you all to know that you all have brought us as much happiness and joy just by coming here to our house, our home, and sharing in our Celebration and Love of Christmas. We want you all to know that we are truly blessed and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas. It may be dark on Shearbrook Dr in Mauldin this year but the light in our hearts will forever shine bright! Much Love to Everyone for a Wonderful Holiday Season. With Love, Tommy & Tony (T-N-T)

TNT Lights also thanked the community for its support and for bringing them joy during the holiday season.

And after all the time, effort and funds Tommy and Tony of TNT Lights put into the light show year after year, they had a simple request for the community.

"We would like to ask you to do something simple for us," read the Facebook post. "Send us notes, comments, and posts to our page. Nothing could make us happier. This could also include pictures from past Christmas'. We would even love it if you just sent us an actual Christmas card in the mail. Our address is Tommy Sosebee & Tony Smith - 106 Shearbrook Dr. Mauldin, SC 29662."

You can post a message on their Facebook page, HERE.

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