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December 23rd, 2002

Christmas Competition

A few years ago, my wife and I were driving around Falls Church, VA (or was it Annandale?) looking at Christmas lights. We wound our way through various developments, admiring the efforts some people put into their homes.

Then, we stumbled upon the holy grail of Christmas decorations. Decorations so over-the-top, it’s hard to imagine how they got to that point. To top it off, it wasn’t just one house, but two houses across the street from each other than apparently have a competition of sorts. Both houses have so many lights I can’t even imagine what their electric bills are. One has a special path towards a large nativity scene that plays music. One has a lit star about 30 feet high in a tree behind the house and the other has a series of moons and stars also high in the trees. And every year we drive by, there’s a lineup of cars basking in the gaudy glow of the white lights.

Here are the houses, click through for larger images:

Thumbnail of house #1 Thumbnail of house #2

Posted in Just Plain Odd

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday December 23, 2002 -- 2:05:38 pm
Wow, and I was worried that I was asking for electrical trouble by stringing more than three sets of lights together on my tiny shrubs!

I just don't enjoy the icicle lights, does anyone agree with me? They were quasi-cool a few years ago, but now they just seem like an easy way out. And many people around here leave them up allllllll year long. I have contemplated taking them down at night, boxing them neatly, and leaving them on people's front porches.

FROM: aharris
DATE: Monday December 23, 2002 -- 2:57:12 pm
didn't you already comment on this on your blog? tsk...are you ping-recycling?

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday December 23, 2002 -- 5:39:28 pm
So who wins? Oh wait, they're all losers!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday December 30, 2002 -- 12:59:53 pm
Woa ... just realized this was one of those extremely rare double Pings.

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