BELLMEAD (December 10, 2013) A dazzling Christmas light show in Bellmead brings joy to those who see it and provides solace for a family who lost a daughter and an unborn grandchild.
Karmin Brown, 23, and her unborn child died in 2011, along with her fiancee Daryl Farmer, 26, after an electrical problem started a fire that raced through their home.
Jennifer and Richard Brown, Karmin Brown's parents, say they relive the tragedy every day, but rather than dwell on their loss, they’ve created a holiday light show to honor their daughter, her unborn baby and her fiancée and bring the warmth of the Christmas season to all who see it in their daughter’s memory.
"They were over at our house the night before the fire, telling us for the first time that we were going to have a grandchild," Richard Brown said.
"We were fixing to have a big family and then all of a sudden it was wiped out in a matter of hours."
"We just kept going back to the scene saying 'they're around here somewhere, they're going to pop up any minute,' but that didn't happen," Jennifer Brown said.
The Browns endured heartache every day after the tragedy.
"I was in a dark place for a very long time," Richard Brown said.
"We would just shut everyone out. Anytime we were around people we would just get upset that they weren't as sad as we were," Jennifer Brown.
But at Christmastime, strings of glowing lights brought joy back to the family and seeing those blinking, bright lights seemed to bring joy into a saddened home.
"We were approaching Christmas, and that is our favorite time of year," Jennifer Brown said.
"We both decided to celebrate and move forward knowing that everything we do in our life we should do for them as if they were alive."
The nearly 40,000 Christmas lights, punctuated by figures of Christmas icons became "Christmas for Karmins", a dazzling light show that’s computer synchronized with holiday music.
It’s the third year the show is on display and every year since its inception, the Browns have added more figures and more lights.
"The way we see it, Karmin would look at us every year and say 'this isn't enough,'" Jennifer Brown said.
For many neighbors who live on the Brown's block, the lights are just another display of Christmas.
But for Jennifer and Richard, they see Karmin in each and every twinkle.
"We're keeping her alive in a sense that every smile that's on a child's face when they see those lights, makes us happier."
Visitors can see “Christmas for Karmins" beginning at dusk each night at 1618 Old Dallas Rd.