Like many other families, the Handleys have had a tradition of finding the best designer homes each holiday season.
“That’s what we did when we first started dating. Even after we got married, we always went to light. Then, with the kids, we went to light,” said Chad Handley. speak.
“We’ll be like, ‘Oh this house is great. That house is great.” So we’ll keep those addresses in mind, and it just keeps changing over time,” said his wife Ashleigh.
Chad planned the stops his family made year after year, eventually becoming a local expert on where to find Flower Mound’s best decorated homes.
Chad said: “Now people are like, ‘Hey, where’s that cool guy?’
He was used to pointing people who inquired on Facebook community groups in the right direction.
Then last year, as more people than ever were looking for a little more Christmas cheer, Handley combined that expertise with her IT skills to use the MyRoute App to build a items his community can share.
He said he starts with their routes with about a dozen homes each.
But as his map was shared and went viral, neighbors began making suggestions of their own.
“They’ll say, ‘Oh, you need to add this address,'” says Ashleigh. Oh, you need to add this to any routes you have “.
Together this year, they created a blueprint to guide families along four different routes to the area’s 90 brightest stops.
“It’s grown all the way to Denton. We’ve got a house in Frisco, Corinth, and I’ve had people say we need to do this in Dallas. So we’re hoping to grow it and for everyone to share,” Chad said.
For Handleys, watching others find joy in their traditions is a reminder that sometimes the best holiday gifts cost nothing.
“That’s what it’s about. Chad said.
To follow Handley’s routes, download Google Maps and the MyRoute app and click on one of his links to routes from Flower Mountain to Lewisville, Hoa Mound to Highland Village, Highland Village to Lantana or Corinth to Denton.
https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/flower-mound-man-creates-guide-for-north-texans-in-search-of-best-christmas-lights/2841572/ A Guide to People Making the Best Christmas Lights in Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth