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THIS TALE ENDS HAPPILY : STORM'S MISCHIEF CAN'T SPOIL SCENE AT CHRISTMASTIME, LIFE IS SWEET CANDY CANE LANE.

Byline: Yvette Cabrera Daily News Staff Writer

Sunday's wind and rain snapped the heads off two of the seven dwarves and rumpled Cruella DeVil's hairdo, but Gary Davis' whimsical Christmas light display was twinkling gloriously by nightfall.

Davis' colorful display, spread across his front lawn, driveway and even his trees, took a beating during Sunday's storm, which dropped nearly an inch of rain on Woodland Hills.

``The winds were harsher this time,'' said Davis, whose brilliant display also was ambushed in the rainstorms earlier this month.

``It blew Fred Flintstone out of his car; it messed up Cruella's hair a little bit.''

But like the other brightly lighted homes in the neighborhood - dubbed Candy Cane Lane - Davis' home was in tiptop shape by dusk as the streets began to crowd with awe-stricken onlookers.

``The last week before Christmas by 6 o'clock, it's usually bumper to bumper until 11:30,'' said Davis, a movie stuntman.

Davis spent the morning rebuilding Doc and Sneezy after the wind blew off their heads.

Most of the display's characters are from Disney movies, and include Aladdin and Jasmine riding a mechanical magic carpet that glides across two trees.

``Disney characters are what kids recognize the most,'' said Davis. ``If you were to put up something generic, it's not as fun as when the kids see Mickey or Cruella.''

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PHOTO (1) With lights glowing again after a storm Sunday, the area of Woodland Hills popularly called Candy Cane Lane attracts motorists enjoying the elaborate Christmas decorations.

(2 -- 3) Kids smile from the sun roof of a car, left, while checking out displays. Two of the seven dwarves became headless housemen when a storm blew them apart Sunday, but they got their heads on straight by dark, above, to delight Candy Cane Lane crowds.

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