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Christmas Decorators Try For Clark Griswold Christmas

Ambitious Christmas decorators are going all out this year, claims Yahoo News.

Decorators are asking themselves:

“What would Clark Griswold do?”

Of course, the answer is not to follow the inevitable aftermath from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. It’s the razzle-dazzle they’re after when they mention a Clark Griswold Christmas.

In Sharpsville, Indiana, Michael and Janet Poulimas’ decorations include 100,000 lights over two acres, littered with color-changing pinwheels, snowflakes, teddy bears, penguins and a talking Santa.

Joe Ricciardi’s display in West Norriton, Pennsylvania, has skyrocketed from 200 lights in 2004 to 65,000 this year. Creating the spectacle takes 480 man hours. To light his 50-foot trees, Ricciardi rents a boom lift.

A nine by fifteen foot high-definition video screen highlights the Stone family’s Christmas lights in Edmond, Oklahoma, treating visitors to Christmas themed text, shapes, colors and even Tetris. And then there are the lasers. Yes, real lasers. Brad Stone is the creator of this residential light show that has become a very popular attraction in recent years.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans in 2011 were estimated to spend six billion dollars or more on Christmas decorations, about $47 per person. And you thought they were spending their money to get you something nice.

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