Aunt Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark?
Clark Griswold: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.
-- Christmas Vacation (1989)
One hundred and twenty five years ago today, Thomas Edison hung the first string of Christmas lights. The modest display probably impressed his neighbors then; it certainly would not impress a contemporary St. Louisan. These days, almost every City neighborhood has a resident who thinks that “much more is much better” when it comes to Christmas decorations. And, when you get right down it, it is difficult to disagree with that.
Kim and I aren’t big Christmas lights people, but some of our neighbors — and, likely, some of yours — have gotten into the spirit in a big (well-lighted) way this holiday season. Who has the most spectacular display in the City? Let’s see if we can find out.
If you know someone with spotlighted trees, twinkly-nosed reindeer on the roof, anxious shepherds on the porch, elves dressed like Rams players, spotlighted snowmen, and several thousand or so blinking lights, possibly synchronized to Christmas carols broadcasting from a short-range FM transmitter — send me an email. Let’s see what’s out there!