I've never met a contest I didn't like. So when Kat posted the story about a J.P. resident that's winning the love of his neighbors through 250,000 Christmas lights, and put out a call for other over-the-top Christmas light displays, I knew the exact house that could win me some fibery goodness.
Here's my contribution:
As you can see, I had to park across the street to get a photo of this place, and I didn't even get the whole thing in the picture. Here's the other side:
As a public service announcement, I offer "Important Elements of Tacky Xmas Decorating":
1) Saying to your embarrassed christmas guests, "people drive from miles around to see this."
2) A light-up creche, or as Wifey calls it, "day-glo baby jesus."
3) As many giant inflatable figurines as possible. Bonus points if they rotate.
4) Lights on every edge of your house and roofline, so that an architect travelling by night can immediately identify the year in which your house was built.
Should you find yourself with any of those problems, step slowly away from the christmas lights. The plastic honorary badge from the electric company is not worth it.
To give them some credit though -- perhaps that house is simply the Kaffe Fassett of Christmas Lights? If so, my sensibilities run toward Debbie Bliss. This house is my style:
Anyone else want to play? There are rules and prizes... Anyone from Somerville want to offer some photos? I spent some serious quality time walking around Somerville in December. 'Tis crazy crazy stuff.