CHASKA, Minn. – Most people have their thing, the thing they’re known for. But in the 3800-block of Pascolo Bend, Mike Staudt’s is a little brighter than most.
"It's really become a big hobby of his,” said his wife, Kelly.
A hobby that takes hundreds of hours to hang and computerize more than 10,000 Christmas lights. And this year, the lights are purple...in honor of Prince.
"The kids love it,” he added.
So do random people who line up in their vehicles, change the radio frequency to the one posted outside the Staudt’s home and listen to music synchronized to the lights.
His wife, while supportive, doesn’t always get it.
“It’s not my cup of tea,” she said.
She said it started with Mike wanting to hang lights up for the holiday season.
"He told me maybe we can put some music in there,” she recalled. "And he stepped up last year. And he stepped it up this year. So I don’t know where we’re going now.”
It’s tough to say since he added a section that is devoted to Prince and his hit "Purple Rain."
"We live in Chaska and we’re a few minutes from Paisley Park,” he said. "(It’s) something simple for people who are here that would mean a lot to this community.”
But as much as they love the Minnesota icon who passed away this year, they love their sons even more. And after their youngest, Caleb had open heart surgery in March, they decided to use the show to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.
"It meant so much to us. They helped us get through what was a really challenging time for our family,” he said. His mother told KARE 11 he’s doing very well now.
“He’s such a strong will boy. He was feisty. He was feisty with the nurses. He was feisty with the doctors.” He’s feisty with us,” she said.
It also didn't hurt that Caleb, 6, and his older brother Braeden, 8, love Christmas. Why? To Caleb it’s simple.
"Because it's time when you spend with your family,” he said with a smile.
From his heart to yours.
"This is one way we could go big on his behalf and go do something unique and crazy,” said Mike.
The “Lights on Pascolo” show is 14 minutes long and is located at 3850 Pascolo Bend in Chaska. The shows can be viewed from 5:40 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
To donate to the Staudt Family’s cause to help the Ronald McDonald House, click here.