Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Family covers house with impressive holiday light display

Decking the halls this year? It might be tough to beat a house in Calle, Lower Saxony for festive cheer after its owners decorated it with a record-breaking 420,000 Christmas lights.

“There are 20,000 more than last year,” said David Vogt, explaining that only a lack of funds stopped the family from hitting their original target of 500,000 lights.

The house is festooned with luminous reindeer, sledges, and snowmen, but the extra-special feature is a sixteen metre high silver Christmas tree. The 30-year-old Vogt boasted that the centrepiece supports twice as many lights as previously.

He also explained how the family managed to keep adding sparkle to the already packed roof of their house by switching from plastic tubing to chains.

“Now it’s like a sea of stars,” he said.

After decorating their house for the holidays for several years, the Vogt’s recently made the switch to energy-saving LED bulbs in order to cut down on electricity. Last Christmas they ended up with a €3,000 bill for their impressive Yuletide display.

Preparations began this year in June, when the first string of lights went up, and the house was lit up last Saturday.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20101201-31521.html


Source photo: DPA / http://www.thelocal.de/society/20101201-31521.html

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