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A Millett Family Christmas?!

by admin on December 20, 2010

I want to nominate my parent’s house. Each year since i was a little kid – so let’s say about 30 years now my dad has gone Griswold on our house and turned it into a giant gingerbread creation.

Everyone in the family was enlisted to help. My grandfather helped us build wooden candy canes, my mom is is charge of detangling all of the lights and us kids were responsible for helping out and occasionally climbing into some situations that may or may not have been best for us.

I remember one time climbing our roof to the hightest peak and hanging over the eadge to put in hooks. Another time my brother dropped the staple-gun from 2 storeys up narrowly missing my head! And of course, in true Griswold fashion my dad has fallen off of the roof on occasion.

The house has been rewired to allow for the fuse box to handle the lights, the city has been notified to turn on the extra panel to the neighbourhood and the neighbours have been warned to keep their blinds closed at night if they don’t want to think they’ve moved to the land of the midnight sun. The only thing missing from the house is a plastic reindeer being kicked across the moon!

I can’t imagine xmas without the crazy light display and the 3 weekends it takes to put it all together.

Gillian, Calgary

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Maisie’s Christmas House

by admin on December 15, 2010

We saw this impressive house in Edmonton Alberta and would like to nominate it for the best decorated house in Canada.

The website is:    www.maisieschristmashouse.com

Thank you for considering this amazing display of lights!!!!!!!

Sharon and Ray Weslosky


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20 Roxton Crescent, Brampton, ON

by admin on December 10, 2010

My dad brings the spirit and magic of Christmas to our family and all other familiess and children in the neighborhood.  Each year, and for the past 5 years, he creates his magic using hand- made displays (Toy Shop); Animated décor (Polar bears) and his special touch.

It brings him happiness to see the eyes of children light up with excitement as they watch his beautiful display of lights.  It reminds us how beautiful the season is.

Please view the attached photos and and video, and be amazed.

Have a great holiday season.

Sandra (daughter)

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Oh Christmas Treeees!

by admin on December 9, 2010

I am nominating Cynthia Demers…my mom.  We call her Mme. Yule in our family.

I have attached pictures of 25 of the 29 trees that are fully decorated in my mom and dad’s house!  That’s right….29 full decorated trees.  They range in size from 3.5’ to 7.5’ feet.  Every room in the house has a tree; laundry room, bathrooms, office, 4 in the basement alone!

My mom deserves to win.  We have gone from 20 years ago not being able to afford a tree (we cut off the top of another tree) to now, have 29 trees in the house.

Enjoy…..

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WhoVille in Brantford, ON

by admin on December 9, 2010

I hope you will consider my house as a top contender for your contest.

I wasnt sure how many pictures to send, I do have more stuff then what you see – so please feel free to ask for more pictures and I will gladly send them to you!! I enjoy decorating for the holidays, to see the smile that my lights/decorations bring to peoples faces is worth all the time and effort I put into it.

This is what was written about me by my co-workers:

The holiday season sometimes brings out the best or worst in the hidden decorator in our midst.  In the city of Brantford you’ll find the closest example of a “Griswold” Christmas or “Who-ville” before the Grinch, at the home of Lorraine Hoddinott.

Lorraine is like an excited school girl at the very thought of the holiday season approaching.  She expresses pure delight at giving all around her a small measure of the joy she feels in the seasons’ glow, rather like little Cindy-Lou.  This “glow” from the flashing holiday lights that adorn her home inside and out could, I am certain, be seen high on Mount Crumpit by the Grinch himself.  Lights that flash and dance to holiday music, bows and ribbons that adorn her little house, to Santa in his sleigh and all the reindeer on the rooftop, Lorraine is over the top in her delight of the season.   Perhaps the only reason the neighbours don’t move away over the holidays is due in part to the infectious joy that Lorraine seems to inspire in them with her genuine love of the season.

If ever there was a deserving recipient for a contest dedicated to holiday decorating it would be Lorraine Hoddinott.   I can only imagine the joy she could and would spread with more lights, bows and festive paraphernalia at her disposal!

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Gone Griswold‏ in Winnipeg

by admin on December 8, 2010

2010 Christmas – We are now at about 35,000 lights 300 feet of network cable and over 250 extension cords. The shortest cord is 5M so we estimate we have 2 Kilometers of extension cords under the snow and on the house. We have 17 Christmas songs playing with the lights programmed along to them. Two outdoor speakers play the music for those walking by but it gets cold in Winnipeg. So we are also broadcasting (low power) on 93.9 FM. Drive by and listen to the music accompanying the lights in the warmth and comfort of your car.

2010 Wizards in Winter

2010 Angels heard on high

Let It Snow

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Brampton: North Pole Dancers

by admin on December 7, 2010

We have a Christmas decoration contest every year, in advance of the Brampton Santa Claus parade which comes down our street. My husband decided to go all out and win it one year. He designed an amazing display of polar bears and penguins, putting up lights on our house. The penguins were having a snowball fight while the baby bears were having a tug-of-war with the lights and Papa bear was tied up in knots. Everyone loved it, except apparently the judges. He did not get first prize. Or second, or third. It was the biggest Christmas letdown since Santa offered Ralphie a football.

After being ignored for several years, he decided to create a display that could not be ignored. He spent the year designing, computerizing, printing, cutting and installing the display you see in the pictures – a series of sexy elves, cavorting in the snow and featuring what has come to be known as the “North Pole Dancers”. The display is so outrageous, but nobody has ever complained! Lots of long looks from men and teenage boys, though.

He was ignored again. To date he has won the annual decorating contest exactly zero times. But with a leg lamp for a prize, I know you will recognize how truly outrageous this display is. Help me Retro Festive, you’re my only hope!

Brenda McIntosh

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Over-the-top holiday decor could win contest

by admin on December 5, 2010

Check out an article about our contest in the Winnipeg Free Press.

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14 Johnson Crescent, Georgetown, ON

by admin on December 5, 2010

What a fantastic contest, and I have a real contender for you. I used to live just down the street from these people, and every time we left the house the kids would plead with us to go by the “candy cane house”! The lights are all co-ordinated to music, which you can tune into on your car radio. It really is a sight to behold, the video (which is not mine, I found it on youtube) does not do it justice. This gentleman starts putting his lights up in early fall (like OCT!) and you see him out there each night after work, coffee in hand, diligently assembling each bit. Last year we had moved, but our old neighbours told us he has started a collection box out front for a charity, which I think is just incredible.  So few people in this world do things purely for the joy of others, but this man does. EVERY YEAR.
I so hope you will consider this in your contest.
Thank you,
Anne-Marie

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We’re on 680 News Toronto

by admin on November 30, 2010

I had the pleasure of speaking with Gloria Martin on 680 News about our Outrageous Home Lighting Award.  Take a listen to this short piece that’s playing throughout today: 680 News Outrageous Lights

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