Group Homes Experience Holiday Spirit Through Gift From Light Up Your Holidays
By Denise Fleischer | on April 05, 2022

Fitzsimmons’ crew decorated a two-level group home in Park Ridge for the holidays. Three technicians spent a few hours installing wreaths and LED lights. The residents and the organization’s staff were thrilled with the end result.

Kelly Fitzsimmons started Light Up Your Holidays out of the trunk of her car 21 years ago. An electrician taught her everything she needed to know. That meant learning how to distribute power, connect and decorate with outdoor incandescent lighting. This was before LED lights.

Today, she decorates both residential and commercial properties and specializes in city and suburban homes. Her team accentuates the architectural details with lighting to create a magical element, classic, holiday display. The idea is to boost the pride of home ownership.

Her business is based out of Wheeling and Chicago and serves all of the Chicagoland area.

“Holiday lights also remind us that we are all in this together and unified as a community and as a family,” explained Fitzsimmons, the owner of Light Up Your Holidays and a 1988 graduate of Glenbrook South High School in Glenview. “It tends to soften our differences and bring everyone closer together. Maybe it’s a symbol of what Christmas really is all about.”

Realizing that not everyone can decorate their home, Fitzsimmons considered that nonprofits with group homes have already stretched their resources to the max. Knowing that some of them were located in neighborhoods where she currently decorates, she considered decorating a dozen group homes every holiday season for free.

“I’ve been decorating for Avenues for Independence for five years. I was referred to Avenues and the director by a client,” said Fitzsimmons. “I contacted the director and everyone was thrilled with the opportunity to decorate their facilities. I met all of the residents in front of their homes and got their fantastic suggestions on how to decorate. I distinctly remember one girl saying that she wanted a pink bow on the wreaths. I learned that all she wears is pink and that is her favorite color.”

Fitzsimmons’ crew recently decorated a two-level group home in Park Ridge. Three technicians spent a few hours installing wreaths and LED lights. The residents and the organization’s staff were thrilled with the end result.

By decorating the group homes, it allows the residents, caretakers and the neighborhood to experience the spirit of the holidays. The residents can also be proud of where they live.

“I take them through the design process just as I would any other client. I create their display to reflect them, their personality, and their vision. It is so much fun! Of course, I will guide the process a little bit to make sure that the house looks balanced and beautiful.”

Fitzsimmons resides in Chicago. She still goes out on installations and helps and manages crews when she’s not designing lighting displays for her clients.

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