Now that the holiday season is in full swing, every year, usually the week leading up to Christmas, I pick out an area neighborhood and drive around the streets looking at all the displays. Some are simple and some are a bit over the top, but that doesn't bother me. The more lights and displays, the merrier.

Now as for my home, I take a completely opposite approach. I do a minimal display. Throw some lights on the holly bushes in front of the house, and around the front door. OK, I did add one of those small projector lights to shine on part of the house and added a projector inside that projects on a thin plastic sheet attached to my window. It has Santa Clause, elves, snow and a couple other short animations that rotate over a course of 15 minutes or so.

All of this took me less than half an hour to set up. The upside to a small display is that when it's time to take it all down, everything is within easy reach, quick to throw in a box, and take it back to the basement so wait for another year.

I've been watching a Christmas light show competition on one of the TV networks over the past few years, and I'm blown away at the elaborate displays. It's gotten so crazy, the network created a separate competition geared towards places that incorporate municipality property and more than one family to plan and set the displays up.

Some of these displays have millions of lights, DIY displays, animation, music, and so much more. The planning and setup takes months on many of these projects. I couldn't imagine doing all that, and then I think of how tough it is to tear it all down at the end of the season. No thanks.

Have you seen any light displays in our area that really stand out? Comment below, and Happy Holidays!

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