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Woodbury in Lights

Welcome to Woodbury all lighted up during the holidays - naked houses, over-decorated houses, and just plain sloppy houses. The reason for lovely vs. lousy lights may not be just what you think.

'Tis the season of neighbor rivalry! 

The race to see who can make their house's lights the most memorable. To see who can have the most inflatable Santa's invading their lawn.

However, for some, it's not about the neighbors. 

It's about just throwing up a single strand of lights just to please their families.  Half-lighted trees fill Woodbury, because no one wants to string lights in freezing Minnesota weather. 

My dad always waits late, and when our lights actually do get put up, they're not exactly blue-ribbon material. Which is why our neighbors always beat us in the "best lights contest." 

But whose judging anyway? Ours aren't the neatest on the block, but neither are theirs. Though there are faults and fumbles about everyone's lights, it's about spreading holiday cheer.

Between neat and messy houses, most are in the middle. 

And for the naked homes, they aren't just about the money. Some people with half-a-million dollar houses still have just one strand, half-heartedly being thrown up on a window. While others in less-expensive homes, really do "deck the halls" with their light display.

Whether you're the good decorator, or the bad decorator, there is one thing we can all agree on. 

The holidayseason is really filled with "boughs of holly," but people, just remember to take down your lights before you're shooting off fireworks on the 4th.

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Rob December 11, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Anyone feeling festive and want to post neighborhoods or houses that have a great display of Christmas lights? My three year old loves looking at the lights and it might be fun to fill up a cup of hot chocolate and take a drive around to see the lights.
Kris Janisch December 11, 2011 at 09:45 PM
I'll have something on a great Woodbury house tomorrow morning. But it might be a good idea to create a post and have people add good spots they find around town. I'll do that too. Thanks Robert!
Mark Wackerfuss December 12, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Check out the video of "The First Noel" song by the Crash Test Dummies. ( sorry about not knowing how to hyperlink it) it is one of my favorite Christmas time vidoe's. :0)
Ursula Murphy December 12, 2011 at 01:37 PM
crash Test Dummies video: http://youtu.be/AdP9qKxvWh0
Marshall W. December 13, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Cool piece. Down to earth and ooooh soooo real. Here's a thought...let's start keeping our fireworks and brats outside through Xmas...

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