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In short supply: Heavy demand leaves few options for last-minute Christmas




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David Brix installs lights along the gutters of his home as part of his elaborate Christmas display at 4109 Garver Church Road. Jason Woodward, director of sales and marketing for Christmas Designers, a national holiday decorating supply company, said the shortage of holiday lights is a demand issue, not a supply issue related to the COVID-19 pandemic.




DECATUR — The lights are almost out.

For those still wanting to illuminate their homes with fancy displays and lighting, the hunt for new lights and decorations may be a difficult one.

With two weeks left until Christmas, local department stores, known for stocking elaborate outdoor Christmas decorations, supplies and lighting features, have limited availability.

Decatur resident Myra Walters made a trip to Walmart on Prospect Drive in search of a set of colorful lights to drape around a piece of furniture. Her choices were limited to strands of white lights, a few green strands and large replacement bulbs.

“There’s no LEDs that are the bright, bright ones,” she said.

Other local stores did not fare any better. Supplies have been condensed to unique lighting options, a small display or a couple of shelves.

As a shopper, Walters doesn’t want to believe she was late in decorating her home. “Maybe they’re just not getting it shipped into them,” she said.

According to Jason Woodward, director of sales and marketing for Christmas Designers, a national holiday decorating supply company, all Christmas lights are made in Asia. However, the delays in shipping were caught up by April and supplies were available in the United States at the beginning of the Christmas selling season. “It’s not a supply issue,” he said. “People were just ready to decorate.”



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