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Naperville family says ‘Happy Swiftmas’ with Taylor Swift decorations

A lawn. 10 periods.

It might not be your usual choice for holiday decorations, but seeing the world’s biggest pop star light up her Naperville home is, as Taylor Swift says, like snow on the beach.

Strange but beautiful.

Amy and Brian Scott’s roof-to-curb home near Atlas Lane and Tupelo Boulevard is outfitted with LED lights; the usual array of candy canes, snowflakes and trees decorating the facade and landscaping. But almost everything is done with Swiftie flares.

Album covers cover the house’s ledge. Lyrics are sprinkled on the grass. Even Swift herself makes a cameo, albeit in wooden form — after all, it’s not easy to escape the worldwide Eras Tour — as does her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

A mix of Swift’s music plays amidst the excited whispers of the audience and the convoy of cars passing by.

It’s truly fascinating.

“An entire Taylor Swift house?” wondered aloud as a viewer approached the exhibit for a closer look Monday night. “Wow.”

Naperville’s own so-called Swift show originates with the Scott family, locals who have long been known in their neighborhood for going out over the holidays.

“We’re big Christmas people,” Amy Scott said. “We always go big.”

Even when she and her husband were newlyweds, she said, they “really got the balcony done” on their small apartment. Over the years, the festival projects grew larger and naturally the couple’s daughters adopted their parents’ passion.

The family started making themes a few years ago. Scott said when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, they placed a large “W” on their home plate. During COVID, they came up with a twist on the more traditional gingerbread man series by having them all wear masks. Last year, the family adopted “Toy Story.”

“That was probably one of my favorites,” he said.

But nothing can top Taylor.

Scott said the idea came to him after watching Swift’s “Eras Tour” concert film about a month ago.

“I went to the movies with my girlfriends and when I came out I thought, we can definitely make this happen,” Scott said. “(Taylor Swift) brings out so much material with symbolism that I knew if we just put some thought into it we could create something really cool.”

To reinforce the 2023 theme, he went to the movie again and brought his wife with him. He said the two brainstormed ideas throughout the film, which lasted about three hours.

“We were talking about everything and taking notes,” he said. Together they decided Swiftmas was the way to go. They immediately began designing, but it wasn’t until last week that the exhibit, much of it handmade, truly came together.

“We were on the stairs as soon as my girls got home from college for Thanksgiving break,” Scott said.

“It was really challenging,” he said. “It’s really overwhelming.”

Amidst the hustle and bustle, though, the family is happy to bring some Swiftie fire to Naperville.

“The whole reason we do this is to spread happiness, joy and good energy to the neighborhood,” Scott said. “That’s why we’ve always done this.

“It’s been great because I’ve been out the last two nights and everyone getting out of their cars is just smiling and laughing. It looks like a big party in our front yard. “It was nothing but positivity.”

tkenny@chicagotribune.com

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