Christmas Light Craziness

Johnny - posted on 11/24/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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So, how many Christmas lights are too many? Is it possible? Would you allow your spouse (or yourself) to put up one of those ginormous displays that gets written up in the newspaper and has a parade of traffic going up and down your street? Or do you even bother to put up lights at all?

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Tara - posted on 11/24/2010

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not too many here, we do the gable on the two porches, both picture windows in the living room, plus our tree and some along our fence. I like a monochromatic look but we do multi colour for the kids fun. I find the plastic santas, blow up snowmen etc, to be tacky and kind of carnival -esque.

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Amanda - posted on 11/27/2010

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We put up lights last year but it wasn't a whole lot. I decorate more on the inside, with lights around the windows and stuff. I don't like to draw a lot of traffic and plus we live in a small town I don't think my fiance would appreciate us being the talk of the town! He's a keep to himself kinda guy! Lol, but I don't think that there could ever be TOO many lights. I mean you don't really get to decorate for too many holidays so I just enjoy looking at the displays and glad that I don't have to be the one taking them down!

Chrystal - posted on 11/27/2010

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Well in my opinion, to each is own. If you are into all those lights and big displays then do it:) If you enjoy it and it makes you happy then do it.

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I like that Meghan. I wish i had pics of our area but it's a bit early. I might add some closer to chrissy.

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We are not the Griswolds. I'm begging my husband to help me put up a single strand along our roof line. I'm sure I'll wear him down. =)

I grew up in the last house on a dead end street where the houses were acres apart. For this reason, my dad went free and wild with the strands of lights...tree to tree like a big spider web over our heads. My sister and I loved it!

Kylie - posted on 11/24/2010

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I'm too lasy and too much of a stooge to put up masses of lights but i do appreciate the people who put in the effort and make their homes all pretty. We love driving around at night and showing the kids the lit up houses.

Jenn - posted on 11/24/2010

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For my own house I like to keep it fairly simple. We have icicle lights that go around the front of the roof, and we wrap the 2 posts on the porch with some fake greenery and lights. I would never do a big huge display because while it does look pretty if done right, and the kids like it, to me it's too tacky for my taste. But, where I live we have a big thing in the park that they do called the Panorama and people come by the bus load just to see it all. http://www.simcoepanorama.ca/

Sharon - posted on 11/24/2010

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LOL reading some of these replies and I wonder if maybe we do put up a ton of lights in comparison.

We run a lighted artificial garland around the livingroom, each child has their own mini artificial light up tree with additional mini strings and mini decorations, we usually only have one tree, but one year we had two full size trees, we have 5 lighted spiral trees. A Jesus, Mary & Joseph light up thing, light up deer, light up candy canes, a ton of lights - in my definition, we have a ton of lights. Several large storage boxes full. We have 3 neon signs with messages and several of those plug in snowmen, trees, snowflake etc window things. We have wreathes for the front door, back door, bathroom door, each complete with battery operated light strings and or plug in strings. We have a couple of strings that never come down - its just to much hassle to fk with them. Mostly because they're woven in with our chainlink fence. and partly because my husband is a lazy ass and I don't do it on principle.....

Sal - posted on 11/24/2010

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we put up a few but really i don't like over the top gorry flashing stuff piled on, we are in a new house this year which is quiet old fashioned and i am looking forward to seeing how cute it will look, but i really only like white lights doing the out line, and i used to have a fab blue star,(which i have lost in moving, and i would love a new one), the last house i did decorate was about 4 xmases ago and was so cute it looked like a ginger bread house my dad made me big gingerbread men to put in the garden, my son loved it, but our last house had a huge fence and was an ugly 70's brick block, no amount of lights made it look nice..
i do love going to look at others though, but here since it is summer that can get a bit late, but the kids love it

September - posted on 11/24/2010

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We put up enough lights for our 2 year old son to enjoy, mainly around the windows and some in his room. We may one day be the type of people to go all out however now is not the time in our lives to do so. We enjoy the decorations and lights we have and really that's all that matters to us! :) We also enjoy riding around town to see all the magical displays elsewhere.

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I watch christmas vacation every year! LOVE IT. One of the best christmas movies around tha and the santa clause!

Meghan - posted on 11/24/2010

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HA! my first thought was Clark Griswold!! Love it.
I love Christmas lights and decorations and trees and baking and turkey...ok got excited there. The only thing that DOES irritate me is when people put their decorations up/on at the beginning of Nov. Really, waaay too soon!

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We live in an apartment so we don't have room to go wild with the lights - just a few in the window. But I love going out and looking at other peoples lights. Each year hubby and I go looking for the house that is the most "Gris" (from the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - if anyone doesn't know the family in the movie was the Griswalds and they have a ton of lights on their house. It's one of my fav Christmas movies).

If I had the room and the money, my house would be totally Gris at Christmastime.

Stifler's - posted on 11/24/2010

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Haha we don't bother. If my husband was home enough I'd let him do it, I LOVE going light hunting at Christmas and now I have a kid it's a good excuse to do it and not feel immature for getting excited. There is one street that wins the comp every year here, but only because NO ONE ELSE BOTHERS. I wish other streets would band together and kick their asses so I had more places to look.

Caitlin - posted on 11/24/2010

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I used to do the railings on the front porch, around the windows and those icicle light things from the eves.. that's pretty much all i'll do. Too many lights go up too early and come down too late around here.. AND people don't even bother taking them off the timer, so they still go on at night in march... I feel like short circuiting all their lights when they do that..

Krista - posted on 11/24/2010

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@Amie: yeah, if the lights are up high or were a pain in the ass to put up, we just leave them up year round but leave them unplugged, especially if they're white lights.

Sharon - posted on 11/24/2010

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we up a ton of lights. yeah - if he were motivated to put up a ginormous display that made it to the news, I'd let him.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 11/24/2010

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i put lights up in my sons room, and some around the living room, and the tree...that all...
(Most time) nothing outside

but my dad was the one who would go ALL out...lights everywhere inside and out...if he could afford it he would get it....but it was nice to see as a kid :-)

LaCi - posted on 11/24/2010

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We don't bother. We aren't messing with any decorations this year. I love all holiday decorations though, and we usually head out around christmas to some of the more ridiculously decorated neighborhoods to check out the lights. I don't think there can be too many. There used to be a church nearby that did an entire winter wonderland display, they had a ridiculously huge property so everyone would go drive through it and check out all the winter scenes, I LOVED it. I don't think they do it anymore though. Kind of disappointing. It was elegant and totally over the top.

April - posted on 11/24/2010

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if it starts to get into "fire hazard" territory...it's too much. if my husband wants to do the work of putting up that many lights, more power to him...but I would never do it myself. We've never put lights up before.

Amie - posted on 11/24/2010

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Becky that's crazy! I peeked at your profile and you're in Canada too. Sure it's could outside, wait for a relatively warm day in January and get 'er done. LOL



Though our string around the roof generally stays up, not lit, so long as my FIL doesn't come near it. He thinks it reflects on him that we leave our strand up. Even though the rest of it had been down for months. I made him buy me two new strands this year, to replace the ones he broke ripping them off our roof this past summer. I was not pleased, he did it when we weren't home because he KNEW I wanted them left up there. Decorating the yard when it's cold is fine, the roof can be treacherous. Argh! Ok, rant done. =)

Becky - posted on 11/24/2010

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I don't mind people going all out on the lights at Christmas. HOwever, when all the Christmas stuff is still up on the lawn in April...
We don't put up a ton of lights. It's a stretch to get dh to put any up at all, so I get a row of them on my roof and that's about it. The way our front yard is, there's not a lot of room to go crazy with stuff anyways. I do a lot more decorating inside the house.
I do love looking at Christmas lights and I kind of enjoy the houses that go a bit overboard. Although, if you can't even walk through the front yard, that's maybe too far! But like I said, I can see leaving the lights up (but not on) all year round, they're a pain, but once Christmas is over and it's warm enough, take the rest of the stuff down!
We were looking to buy a new house last spring, and in March or April looked at one house, where the house just a few houses down still had their huge, overdone Christmas display up. We didn't like the house anyway, but if we had, that would have discouraged me from buying the house!

Amie - posted on 11/24/2010

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Well if you're house can be found by following the light in the sky, it's too much. haha

We decorate. A few of you are on my FB and have seen our house. I don't think it's too much. I like it! It takes some work, especially the garland pieces that need to be wrapped around, but it gets done. It's not an obscene amount but if I listed it, piece by piece, it would seem like it.

Jackie - posted on 11/24/2010

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Krista - posted on 11/24/2010

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We don't go nuts, by any stretch of the imagination, but we put up enough that it looks nice. To me, there's nothing sadder than seeing a house with one lonely string of lights haphazardly draped around a bush.

This year, we have white lights strung on our front porch railing, a light-up wreath on each of the big porch posts, a bunch of those electric candles in our windows, some more white lights strung over the frame of our main door, and a 4-foot tall light-up penguin standing by the door to greet everybody. I have to go get a wreath for that door, and then we're done.

Julie - posted on 11/24/2010

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I like lights, but have grown tired of all the blow-up crap. They just seem like laziness. 1 or 2 seems ok for the kids, but 30 is excessive! Lights, on the other hand, take more work and creativity:)

Tracey - posted on 11/24/2010

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We don't put lights up but at my brothers road everyone puts lights up and does garden displays and they collect money for the local children's hospital.

Charlie - posted on 11/24/2010

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Oh my mum always has heaps of lights , we used to have people stopping to watch them at all times of the ight , I ♥ it .

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I would do the big light display because i know hopw much joy it gives to those people that enjoy christmas. Each year we take our kids around our town to see all the lights and there are some displays that you have to get out at because they are very interactive.
If i could afford it i would but i can't so our place only has a few lights each year.

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