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15 Signs That You've Gone Too Far with Your Christmas Lights Display

Updated on August 27, 2012
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

How Much Is Too Much?

During the Christmas season, folks have many different traditions. Some people like to just put up a small tree and keep their decorating to a minimum. There are those that love to decorate the entire house full of amazing decorations, animatronic Santas, and more. Still, there are some folks that have a great enthusiasm for outdoor Christmas decorations. It is not enough to add a few subtle decorations to the front yard. No, they are taking outdoor Christmas decorating to a whole new level. This hub is all about that type of person.

People have many different strategies when decorating their yards for Christmas. There are such a wide variety of decorations to choose from: strings of lights, inflatible Christmas characters, plastic Santas, and even animatronic light-up reindeer. With so many decorations available, no wonder some people find themselves getting really carried away. It is not enough to put just Santa and Mrs. Claus in the front yard when they could also add about a dozen elves, all the reindeer, and even Frosty. Why bother just putting one basic string of lights around the roof when you can cover the entire roof, every tree, and every bush with lights?

So basically, this hub is dedicated to the Christmas decorating enthusiasts out there that take holiday decorating to a whole new level. If you are wondering if perhaps you are a person that takes your Christmas lights display too far during the holiday season, I am here to help you determine just that.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Lights Display

You Know You've Gone Too Far With Your Christmas Decorations When...

  1. Your neighbors just bought all new blackout curtains for every window facing your house.
  2. When people drive by your house at night, they put on their sunglasses.
  3. Astronauts in space just reported that your home is now shining brighter than Las Vegas.
  4. Your electric bill increased by $500 for the month of December.
  5. When you stop to count the light bulbs used for your Christmas lights display, you lose track after 2 million.
  6. The fire department periodically checks on your house "just in case" due to the calls they regularly receive from concerned neighbors.
  7. There are several traffic jams on your street each night as people either stop to take photos of your lawn ornaments or crash into a car while staring at your Christmas lights display.
  8. Pilots flying over your home have filed complaints against you. They are too distracted to properly fly the plane when going over your house.
  9. You've been forced to "borrow" some of your neighbor's lawn just to complete your "Christmas vision" for your holiday decorations.
  10. Folks passing by your house are asking if you charge admission to see the decorations. Now that you think about it, it's not really a bad idea.
  11. Dogs have started baying at your home. They think they are seeing a full moon.
  12. Children point and ask why Santa is 10 foot tall and on fire with lights.
  13. The temperature near your home is now 10 degrees warmer than anywhere else in the state because of all the lights.
  14. You've found some neighborhood children roasting marshmallows over a giant Christmas display featuring over 10,000 twinkling lights.
  15. You are hoping for no major rain or snow this winter, or the whole place might short circuit.

Kenny Irwin Jr. Decorates Conan's Set


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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    DzyMsLizzy - Wow! Your Christmas decorations sound amazing. You never know.... one day I might just show up at your place. Your decorations sound great! Thanks for visiting my page and for the votes!

    torrilynn - Every now and then, I think it is a little more than needed. Most of the time, it is all in good fun though. Thanks for your comment and happy holidays to you, too.

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    torrilynn 4 years ago

    I always thought the more the merrier but I can see how some people might go over board. Best of Wishes and Happy Holidays.

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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hahahaha!! We are very nearly that couple!

    It started back when my current husband and I first got together, and I wanted to put up some outdoor lights, as I had always wanted to, but neither my father nor my ex-husband would have any part of that. I guess for my dad, it was because he had a bum hip, and ladders were difficult for him. In the case of my ex, he was a just plain old Scrooge humbug.

    And so it began. First year, we got two static light-up reindeer. Next, we added a lighted sleigh; then came two more deer; then the icicle lights and porch-pole-wrapped lights. At the time, we lived on the bottom floor (below grade) of a condominium, and hubby (who had, before we met, ALWAYS decorated over-the-top), built a stand to hold the deer up, so they could be seen from parking lot level. That year, we won the holiday decorating contest the complex held.

    After we moved here, to a regular house, oh, boy! Each year, we added more, deer, trees, icicles, santa, bush netting lights...etc... We stopped at 6 deer, though, for space considerations, including off-season storage space. I don't think we can quite be seen from space, but for sure, we have to plug things into about 5 different circuits. And that's just outdoors. We have a full-on village under the tree....and hubby collects Santas....Come on over--we don't charge admission! Hee hee hee..

    However, we now have some physical issues, and this year we needed my grandson to do most of the work. He's approaching his senior year in high school, and after that, will be gone to the military, so this may be our last hurrah....

    Voted up, funny and shared.

    May you have a very merry holiday season.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you so much! Some folks get REALLY carried away at Christmas time. I don't know how they pay their electric bill.

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    This is funny. Some people really do overdo it. You addressed the overdecorated house for Christmas in a fun way!

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Wow! Thanks so much! I really appreciate it.

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    Debby Bruck 6 years ago

    Jennie - the tweet was a HUGE hit! I saw it retweeted umpteen times or more.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    That is good news for you. You don't have to wear sunglasses everytime you go down the street. :-)

    Thanks for reading and for the comment!

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    Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

    Funny! Luckily, our over-do neighbor isn't on our street.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks Debby! That was very thoughtful of you. Happy holidays!

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    Debby Bruck 6 years ago

    Dear Jennie ~ I posted to Twitter and many many others have retweeted. You should be getting lots of readers. I hope they vote up. Debby

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Debby Bruck - Thanks for reporting back to me. Hehe. I am glad everyone loved it. Thanks for sending this hub to people.

    Shaddie - Yes, Conan is the best! That was one of my favorite episodes.

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    Shaddie 6 years ago from Washington state

    Hahaha, Conan is such gold.

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    Debby Bruck 6 years ago

    Gotta report in. I sent this out to a bunch of people and everyone loved it.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Sunnie Day - Thanks so much for sharing this on Facebook. I am glad you enjoyed the hub. I hope you are able to put up your lights this year - rain can be so annoying!

    Debby Bruck - Thanks! Yes, the video interview is awesome. I just love Conan and I remember seeing a special on the decorating guy on the Travel Channel. It was so exciting last Christmas to see that guy on Conan's show.

    Thanks for the comments!

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    Debby Bruck 6 years ago

    Jennie ~ This was very funny. Thanks so much. Especially liked the first photo of house on fire. And, this is a tradition in my area of the country. And I absolutely LOVED the video interview. HYSTERICAL! Blessings, Debby

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    Sunnie Day 6 years ago

    This was so cute..I have not yet put our lights up and may not this year..rain rain rain..I do enjoy the lights but I have seen houses that you are talking about...This was so funny! Had to share on Facebook..

    Thank you


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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    PDXKaraokeGuy - I am glad you liked it. Thanks for sharing!

    rebeccamealey - Thanks! I've heard stories of people actually doing that stuff!

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    Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Cute! I like #s 1 and 9 the best!

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    Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    Ha! Great great hub. Shared. Love the videos too!

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the votes! I am glad you enjoyed it. I saw a show once about extreme holiday decorating and the neighbors explained how their very festive neighbor borrowed their yards each year because all of his decorations did not fit into one yard.

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    Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Number 9 is my favourite! fabulously funny, loved it!

    Voted up and funny.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, I have seen friends and neighbors in the past struggle with doing the decorating outdoors. I think just plopping down a Santa that lights up in the front yard should be plenty enough rather than dealing with all the lights. I guess it makes some people happy.

    Isn't it easier when you live alone? I just put up a small fake tree, decorate it, and go on with my life. No fanciness necessary when you live by yourself.

    Thanks for the comment!

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    Greensleeves Hubs 6 years ago from Essex, UK

    Love the list of 15 signs. I always had the job of putting up the decorations at my parent's house. The first five minutes were fine. The next 3 hours were spent cursing as tinsel and baubles kept falling down, and lights failed and I could never find the bulb which had blown.

    Now I live alone. I might put a Christmas card on the mantle piece if I get one. Bah Humbug!

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Cogerson - Wow! It sounds like you are taking it to a whole new level at your place. You should post a photo!

    robie2 - Yes, pass some of that egg nog over to me, too!

    Seeker7 - Hahaha... blowing out the circuit for the whole street does not sound so great. No matter how nice the decorations are, you are not going to win anyone over with that. I am sure it is funny now though. Things are always funny in the past tense. :-)

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    LMAO!! Some people really are OTT at Christmas - I think some of them are reliving their childhood! I do wonder what their electricity bill is like after Christmas though???? Maybe they spend the rest of the year paying it off?

    I don't think everyone who puts up all these super fibre-optic decos are popular. A couple of years ago, a woman and her husband three doors down from my sister put all this crap up outside their house - and this was only the 28th November I hasten to add - when switched on, the display lit up the whole village, my sister said it was like something from 'Close Encounters'! This awesome sight lasted about 3 minutes, then, flash, spark it blew the whole circuit for that part of the street!!

    Great hub, very funny + voted up!

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    Roberta Kyle 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

    Oh what the heck-- deck the halls and pass the egg nog. Thank God it only happens once a year :-)) fabulous hub, voted up and funny funny funny!

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    Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

    A very funny list of homes that have Griswalded their house....My family is guilty of this as we have a Dora, a Snoopy, a Woodstock, a Grinch, a Homer, a dog, four polar bears, and a 10 foot Snowman in the front yard....and in the spotlights and we draw some attention to the house at night...I enjoyed reading this very funny hub.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Oh, I would love to go on a tacky lights bus tour. I used to live close to VA. Maybe one day I will get to take that tour. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

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    angela p 6 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

    We have a lot of these around here. So much that every year there is a tacky lights bus tour in Richmond VA. Too funny. Love your hubs..

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am glad I could give you a laugh today. Thanks for the votes and for the comment!

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    Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Oh this is so funny! Just love it. Thanks for putting some laughter in my heart! Voted up and funny!


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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks everyone for reading my hub and posting comments!

    Sunshine625 - I am glad this hub could decorate your day. I live in an apartment building, so I don't have to worry too much about this now either.

    Apryl Schwarz - Hahaha... some people really take it to a whole new level. I haven't seen a house like that in a while.

    laurathegentleman - I am glad you liked it so much. I used to wish we had more decorations when I was a kid, but maybe not this much. I think I was born old - always concerned about the electric bill!

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    laurathegentleman 6 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

    This is wonderful! (And as a child, I DREAMED of decorating our house like this for Christmas!) Absolutely hilarious and, to a point, true! :)

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    Apryl Schwarz 6 years ago from Nebraska

    Very funny! When I was growing up, there was a house that went CRAZY at Halloween and Christmas. Tons of lights, giant santas, reindeer, nativity scenes. Just craziness. Voted up!

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    Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

    This hub decorated my day with laughter!!! LOL

    Luckily we don't have neighbors who over-do it!!