If there ever was a person who exemplifies the true holiday spirit, this Mandan man is it

Can you feel it in the cool crisp air? Christmas is definitely upon us. And what gets us all in the mood are the lights and sounds around Bismarck and Mandan. Walking around your neighborhood seeing all the creativity that people display with their huge blow-up Santa Claus and reindeer arrangements on their front lawn instantly inspires a smile on all of our faces. There is a man in Mandan that does exactly that.

A Mandan native watching the city grow

It's pretty special when you can give back to your hometown, be productive and add your own flair. According to KX NET "Leo Phillips is a local man whose dedicated his entire life to give back to the Mandan community. Leo has found joy in putting up the Christmas light display in Downtown Mandan for the past five Christmases" Now we're not talking about a man who just walks around and spends about a half-hour stringing up a couple of lights here and there, Leo puts his heart and soul behind this.

Giving freely of his own time to bring joy to all ages

Phillips has been a volunteer for the Mandan Progress Organization for about 10 years. The past year he has had some health issues, but that hasn't stopped his desire in putting in OVER 100 hours of decorating his hometown. Why does he do it? For a simple reason, to bring joy to all ages. KX NET added “To see their smiles now, is my payback for what God has given me,” Now isn't that the true meaning of Christmas? Thank you, Leo, and Merry Christmas!

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