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Erie Neighborhoods Shine Bright During Christmas

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Deep down, we all want our houses to look like a little like Clark Griswold's. And there are a few houses in the Erie-area, that do.

"Every year it gets a little bigger and bigger," said Greg Walk, of Erie. "Now I can't stop."

"I'm nuts any ways," said Bob Ross, of Erie. "Just have a little fun with lights."

They do have fun hanging their Christmas lights. It takes Walk about four days to completely cover his house in Christmas bulbs. 

"It started with just the window and door, and going across the front. And slowly worked it's way up and over."

Now 20 years later, Walk has worked his way up and over to nearly 12,000 lights.

"I start on the roof, then work my way down and then back to front and around. Every year, I look at it and think, 'there's a bare spot, it could use some lights.'"

There are even some people, like Bob Ross, who add a little Christmas music to their display. He's been doing it for about five years. It takes a month of prep-work, setting the lights up in the basement.  And everything is color-coded to help make the assembly a little easier.

"It kind of grows. The first year was a couple things and every year, just try to add something."
 
The guys put the time into it, for the fun of the season.

"It puts a smile on people's faces and people drive by, look at it, honk their horns and enjoy it. I run into people and they say, 'I love your house,'" said Walk.

"It's heart-warming a little bit," said Ross. "It's just fun. I just have fun putting it up."

Both said they'll continue to decorate this way year after year.

 

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