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Love It or Hate It? Over-the-Top Holiday Light Displays

While some families go whole-hog when it comes to lighting up the night around the holidays, others see it as a waste of time and energy. Where do you stand?Source

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Monique-Marie427757 Monique-Marie427757 8 years
That is insane! I can't even really see the house in there. Besides from an artistic perspective, it looks way to cluttered.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
For the sheer amusement, I love them. But I really prefer more subtle Christmas decorations.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
Whatever happened to subtlety?
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
oops, i meant 37th street.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
redegg, you must be talking about 38th Street. it's hilarious and so very Austin.
willowdiamond willowdiamond 8 years
it might be a bit tacky, but the more the merrier!
Hanna1117 Hanna1117 8 years
I love them...just not on my house.
redegg redegg 8 years
I love it! We usually see displays like this out in the middle of nowhere driving through rural Texas and they are so fun. There is one house we always look for every year that's totally over the top. There's also a street in central Austin that over decorates with lights and people come from all over to drive/walk up and down it. They are really creative.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
it's only once a year and as long as they take it down a week after New Year I am all for it! Like that episode of the Fresh Prince! I like the creativity of a lights and decoration show.
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 8 years
Most houses have pretty typical Christmas decorations, so it's fun when you see something over the top and different.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
we have one crazy house in our neighborhood which is "known" to everyone in town (ie: people bring visiting family and friends over to see it it's so huge). and they have a box outside for food bank donations, which is really nice. it's their time and money going into it, and so they can do what they choose. but it's nice that they're also soliciting donations for charity by those who enjoy their display.
sugoionna09 sugoionna09 8 years
I would never do it myself but I love it when other people do it. It's really fun and makes for a great drive through neighborhoods.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
It looks like most of those lights in the picture are LED (you can tell as they are overly blue) so the energy consumption isn't that bad. I think it's fun when people go all out. It's a lot of work and makes lots of little kids happy.
Katerkins Katerkins 8 years
I think it's tacky. I'm all for holiday spirit, but you can decorate and be festive without being excessive and wasteful. We just do snowflake lights in the windows, and white lights along the rim of our house.
endomental endomental 8 years
Love the lights, love the spirit, hate the waste of electricity. But it wouldn't be Christmas without lights...
krae85 krae85 8 years
why is it people either do no lights or so many that it's blinding? what happened to most people doing a respectful amount? btw, our neighbors are over-the-toppers, it gets annoying.
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
Ah, this reminds me of going to look at the Balian Ice Cream mansion.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
Tasteful ones are nice and festive. Over-the-top ones are just wasteful and tacky.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
LOVE IT can't get enough!!!! This house by my BFF's house has their insaaane lights somehow hooked up to a Christmas radio station, and the displays flicker and "dance" in time to the music! We used to sneak out of her house to meet boys and drink hot chocolate and watch the lights, and this year I can't wait take my 2 year old neice. :woohoo:
yep, we go all crazy too!! SUPER!!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
In some ways I love them and in other ways I hate them. I think they are a huge waste of energy, but they are fun to look at. As long as they aren't across the street from my house!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
ooo i love it! I have seen some CRAZY decos already this year and it's just so lovely and festive!
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