Simi’s “Christmas House” Founder Passes Away

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers END OF AN ERA - Local residents gather for a vigil at the home of John Becker, whose wife Phyllis passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their Sycamore Drive home for Christmas 49 years ago and as the decorations became more elaborate, taking over the yard and driveway, it became a community landmark.

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END OF AN ERA – Local residents gather for a vigil at the home of John Becker, whose wife Phyllis passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their Sycamore Drive home for Christmas 49 years ago and as the decorations became more elaborate, taking over the yard and driveway, it became a community landmark.

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers END OF AN ERA - Simi Valley resident Denise Pistone and her mother Danielle write about their memories of the "Christmas House" during a vigil at the home of John Becker, whose wife Phyllis passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their Sycamore Drive home for Christmas 49 years ago and as the decorations became more elaborate, taking over the yard and driveway, it became a community landmark. The Pistone family had been coming to see the display every year since 1990.

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END OF AN ERA – Simi Valley resident Denise Pistone and her mother Danielle write about their memories of the “Christmas House” during a vigil at the home of John Becker, whose wife Phyllis passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their Sycamore Drive home for Christmas 49 years ago and as the decorations became more elaborate, taking over the yard and driveway, it became a community landmark. The Pistone family had been coming to see the display every year since 1990.

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers END OF AN ERA - John Becker greets guests in front of his Sycamore Drive home as they gather for a vigil in memory of his wife Phyllis, who passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their home for Christmas 49 years ago and as the decorations became more elaborate, taking over the yard and driveway, it became a community landmark.

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END OF AN ERA – John Becker greets guests in front of his Sycamore Drive home as they gather for a vigil in memory of his wife Phyllis, who passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their home for Christmas 49 years ago and as the decorations became more elaborate, taking over the yard and driveway, it became a community landmark.

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers END OF AN ERA - Local residents gather for a vigil at the home of John Becker, whose wife Phyllis passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their Sycamore Drive home for Christmas 49 years ago and as the decorations became more elaborate, taking over the yard and driveway, it became a community landmark.

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers
END OF AN ERA – Local residents gather for a vigil at the home of John Becker, whose wife Phyllis passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their Sycamore Drive home for Christmas 49 years ago and as the decorations became more elaborate, taking over the yard and driveway, it became a community landmark.

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers END OF AN ERA - Simi Valley resident Brandy Staples attaches a colorful tissue paper flower to the mailbox of the home of John Becker in memory of his wife Phyllis, who passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their Sycamore Drive home for Christmas 49 years ago and it became a community landmark over the decades. "She did things so big for everyone else that we wanted to do something big for her," Staples explained as she attached dozens of the flowers to the home's fence.

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END OF AN ERA – Simi Valley resident Brandy Staples attaches a colorful tissue paper flower to the mailbox of the home of John Becker in memory of his wife Phyllis, who passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their Sycamore Drive home for Christmas 49 years ago and it became a community landmark over the decades. “She did things so big for everyone else that we wanted to do something big for her,” Staples explained as she attached dozens of the flowers to the home’s fence.

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