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No holiday commands the front lawns of the world quite like Christmas. Sure, Halloween gives it a run for its money, but it's practically an unspoken law that anyone celebrating the holidays throw up at least one string of lights. And every neighborhood has at least one house that picks up that tossed gauntlet and fills it with thousands of icicle strands, maybe some inflatables, and one or two of those wooden reindeer cutouts. Here, some of our favorites from the most enthusiastic home decorators.
A home in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, where — along with Bensonhurst — Christmas decorating is elevated to an art form.
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Another home in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, where the NYPD has instituted a month-long parking ban to accomodate the tour buses that flock to the area.
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Merry and Very Bright
Paulo Pesce, 72, a food importer, told The New York Times that he started hiring a contractor 10 years ago to build his elaborate display.
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One source traces the tradition of competing decorations back to 1986, when one Dyker Heights resident went all-out and neighbors began to follow, sparking an unspoken and good-spirited rivalry that's only grown in scope.
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Two companies, Mr. Christmas and B&R Christmas Decorators, are chiefly responsible for the Brooklyn neighborhood's displays — that is, when homeowners aren't responsible themselves — and their services can run upwards of $5,000 in some cases.
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Head-to-Toe Light Show
In a non-Brooklyn abode, lights cover nearly the entirety of the outside of this home in Tallagh, Dublin, Ireland.
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Another Dublin display — apparently belonging or dedicated to a "Josie" — this one in Crumlin.
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Moving elsewhere in the U.K., we take a look at this comparitively restrained scene in Brentry, Bristol.
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Christmas for a Cause
This home, in Westfield, East Sussex, in the U.K., has been decorated to raise money for charity.
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