My family has been one of the few in my neighborhood who doesn’t decorate the house with Christmas lights since we’re kind of low maintenance and don’t think having a festive house is worth a trip to the emergency room (as my dad says “No way in hell”) or the money and time. However, there are plenty of people who look forward to the Christmas season so they can decorate their houses like this. Perhaps Christmas is an excuse for people to use such outlet for artistic expression and draw attention to onlookers. Some are spectacular and tastefully done while others can make you wonder if the person has more Christmas decorations than he or she knows what to do with. Of course, I can go on with bringing you light displays tastefully done but since this is the internet, no one wants to see nice Christmas light displays because well, because good yuletide lighting is so subjective so I’ll show pictures of the garish looking houses while giving you do’s and don’ts on lighting decorations even though I’m no expert on these things.
Do: Have plenty of light bulbs to spare.
Don’t: Use all your Christmas light bulbs at once.
Do: Try to please everyone.
Don’t: Just try pleasing yourself and the power company.
Do: Aim for the minimum.
Don’t: Be too minimal.
Do: Try to blend in with the neighbors.
Don’t: Turn decorating into a competition.
Do: Try to be as organized with storing your light strands as possible.
Don’t: Leave your strands in a tangled mess, especially on the roof.
Do: Try to stock on Christmas light decorations.
Don’t: Have more Christmas light decorations than you know what to do with.
Do: Spend time perfecting your Christmas light display.
Don’t: Do a sloppy job.
Don’t: Accessorize to excess.
Do: Try to create a proper arrangement with your decorations.
Don’t: Place your decorations inappropriately.
Do: Be creative.
Don’t: Go beyond a G or PG rating. (Honestly, there will be kids in some of those cars.)
Do: Try to make it visible during the daytime.
Don’t: Bury your house or yard in the decorations.
Do: Decorate your outside trees.
Don’t: Do it without adhering to standards of decency.
Do: Try to improvise if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
Don’t: Use a beer case for a manger.
Do: Try to stand out.
Don’t: Be a distraction to drivers.
Do: Express yourself.
Don’t: Have your display contain violent imagery.
Do: Shine and be festive.
Don’t: Blow the power grid.
For More Tacky Light Displays:
Ugly Christmas Lights.com: http://www.uglychristmaslights.com/ – A whole site devoted to tacky Christmas displays.
One from Fairfax, VA called Holly’s Tacky Christmas Lights: http://www.fairfaxchristmaslights.com/
From Huffington Post which also has tacky Christmas Trees: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/08/tacky-christmas-lights-photos-videos_n_2260824.html