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How Many Is Too Many Holiday Decorations?

If your neighbors are nearly blinded when they look at your dazzling home, is this Christmas spirit or overkill?

I’ll admit now that Christmas is over: my apartment looks like Santa’s workshop exploded in it. I have every possible decoration from Michael’s, Target and Walgreens, and lights draped from the ceiling around every room.

One might say I’m into Christmas and the holidays. On the flip side, my parents have one dainty string of lights on the outside of their home, and mindfully turn them off right before they retire to bed.

Why waste electricity that late at night? They say.

Read more: Tips to decorate your home in an energy-conscious fashion

I’m incredibly energy conscious, but the spirited holiday cheer in me just wants to have my entire home lit up 24/7. And I know there are families out there who share my sentiments.

We’ve all walked or driven by that home that has decorations that continue for miles. A satellite from space could spot that home without using any assistance.

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Do you stare in awe at the house and snap endless photos? Or do you secretly tabulate how much their December electricity bill is going to be?

So tell us in the comments: are all those decorations necessary to celebrate the holiday season? Or are families going overboard with these electricity suckers?

TM December 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I do know of a home just down the block from the home pictured that recently sold for $1.1 mil. And was pretty much in the same [not so updated] condition as when it was built in the 50s. So if the way the neighborhood decorates at Chrismas time raises the value of your home, don't complain?
april tingley December 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Don't be such grinches! I grew up on a street where every house was brightly lit. My dad would dress as santa and wave to the cars and the "trolley" that would pass each evening. It was a wonderful experience and wouldn't have traded it for anything.
Angela December 27, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I love the holiday spirit and I think its wonderful when a home is decorated whether its lights every where or wreaths! I love the house in the photo and the houses on that block do a wonderful job decorating. I wonder if its part of the disclosures when they sell a house on that block.....Happy New Year!
Jo March December 27, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Expressing a preference, which is what this article is all about, is not being a Grinch. Everyone has different taste and people who don't care for the Las Vegas style of decorating are not Grinches. We just have different taste. See how that works?
Mary Mauer December 28, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Check out Eucalyptus Street in San Carlos. There are 2 blocks where they have no driving through so you just park and walk there. People are walking in the street and it's like a Christmas wonderland. Individually it would be overkill but because everyone participates it becomes wonderful.

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