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How many Christmas lights are too many? [With poll]

By johnboy - 20 December 2011 35

Forrest

A couple of weeks ago the Canberra Times was breathlessly reporting the Guinness world record attempt light show of the Richards family at 3. Tennyson Crescent in Forrest.

Two weeks later we note Guinness remains silent on the issue.

But MJay has been down to see them and sent in these photos.

We thought we’d take this opportunity to ask what you lot think of ostentatious light displays, beyond a well done tree in the window?

Ever more lavish Christmas light displays

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35 Responses to
How many Christmas lights are too many? [With poll]
johnboy 1:16 pm 20 Dec 11

dpm said :

Not sure I follow that logic exactly. Don’t we give money to ACTEWAGL for services we use (such as gas, water, electricity)? It’s not the same as a Govt tax taken out of your pay packet. So, saying you paid for the lights because you purchase services off ACTEWAGL seems a bit incorrect to me!

Yes but there’s no sky fairy funded ActewAGL charitable trust. Every single cent they pay out to their many chosen pet projects is paid for by the rest of their customers.

dpm 1:13 pm 20 Dec 11

Henry82 said :

missjb said :

Henry82 said :

ACTEW are footing the bill for the power :). everyone wins!

so… i am paying for it.

Not sure I follow that logic exactly. Don’t we give money to ACTEWAGL for services we use (such as gas, water, electricity)? It’s not the same as a Govt tax taken out of your pay packet. So, saying you paid for the lights because you purchase services off ACTEWAGL seems a bit incorrect to me!

Henry82 12:52 pm 20 Dec 11

missjb said :

Henry82 said :

ACTEW are footing the bill for the power :). everyone wins!

so… i am paying for it.

rodent 12:15 pm 20 Dec 11

from our own visit there (bit of self promotion: http://inthetaratory.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/christmas-in-the-capital/) can confirm that it looks great. it’s different to what you’d expect and is tastefully done, allowing for a real wander through it all. always something different to see because it’s constantly changing.
agree with missjb: you can donate to the sids and kids charity, there’s definitely a framed certificate just inside the entrance saying they’re the world record holder with the exact number of lights mentioned in the certificate, and i’m quite sure actew are paying the bill with green energy.

missjb 11:52 am 20 Dec 11

Henry82 said :

I’m glad i’m not paying the electricity bill

IIRC, it’s for charity (SIDS and Kids) and ACTEW are footing the bill for the power :). everyone wins!
it looks beautiful…

Henry82 11:20 am 20 Dec 11

I’m glad i’m not paying the electricity bill

Gerry-Built 11:08 am 20 Dec 11

I’m sure they are mostly LED lights anyhow, nowadays… and don’t draw enormous amounts of power…

Most of the lighting displays around town are quite modest, anyhow… even if a few take it to extremes. I think it is a great tradition to walk around your suburb with your family to see the displays; and even a drive around neighbouring suburbs or across town is quite the family event. I know my kids associate it with Christmas time…

Innovation 11:03 am 20 Dec 11

I wish I lived next door – and not just because it’s Forrest – but so I could do this http://www.dailystab.com/ditto/ . It’s probably quite old but it’s the first time I’ve seen it.

Mysteryman 10:55 am 20 Dec 11

I went and saw it 10 days ago. It was really nice. I like that people still do things like this and allow anyone who wants to, to come and enjoy it.

I was actually quite surprised that despite the 300,000+ lights, it wasn’t particularly noticeable from the street.

p1 10:35 am 20 Dec 11

Do the local kids soccer team run sausage sizzles outside these places just after dusk, like they do at Bunnings on a Saturday arvo? Because if they don’t, they should!

Classified 10:34 am 20 Dec 11

Environmental vandalism at its finest.

dph 10:31 am 20 Dec 11

thatsnotme said :

Even if the displays are ostentatious, displays like this and others around Canberra serve to get people out and about and mingling with other people – outside of shopping malls even! I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

+1

It’s not my cup of tea but the display seems to be very popular among the community. For 25+ days of the yr these light displays are up, I think there great.

dpm 10:22 am 20 Dec 11

Knowing the general tone expressed on most RA posts, I’m guessing this will be anouther whinge-fest! Personally, that light display is awesome! The kids loved it and that’s who it is mainly for, IMHO. 🙂

Mess 10:06 am 20 Dec 11

Isn’t there a certificate on display at the residence confirming they have the record?

thatsnotme 9:56 am 20 Dec 11

Even if the displays are ostentatious, displays like this and others around Canberra serve to get people out and about and mingling with other people – outside of shopping malls even! I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

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