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HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN: Let there be lights

By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 at 7:33 am in Christmas.

If my stepdaughter, Dana, had her way, we would singlehandedly keep every PG&E worker employed for at least a year. That’s because she would love to turn our house into the equivalent of a Las Vegas casino during the holiday season. The icicle lights trimming our house, two lit spiral trees and lit garland around the door hardly rank us among the best and brightest for holiday lights. We’re rather boring in her estimation, and I haven’t improved our lot by taking her every year to see how everyone else lights up their neighborhood.

Fortunately, gas prices have gone down so we won’t have to forfeit our annual car trip around the Bay Area in search of the best lit displays. Bonus points to our online team for putting together the 2008 holiday lights map, so we have a head start in our quest. (And by the way, if you go all out with the lights, feel free to add your house to the map.) The map is how we found out about Casa del Pomba House of the Dove (top picture). The house on Hillcrest Avenue in Livermore is so popular, it has its own Web site.

lightsBut even your everyday homes really know how to get into the holiday spirit. Just check out this Walnut Creek house on Flowerwood Place (Dana and I have a fondness for snowmen). If you go touring for lights, bring along a thermos of hot chocolate, your favorite CD of Christmas music and your camera.

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