Every year since, we've gone on the same tour, considering it a date night of sorts. I took some pictures to share with you...
The neighborhood with the most Christmas lights in Charlottesville is full of cute ranches and bungalows. Some of the smallest homes have some of the most elaborate displays.
I love the huge arrow pointing to this house's chimney.
This attached home always has every inch of its tiny yard decorated. It always makes me smile.
Nothing says happy holidays like a piglet dressed up like Santa.
This is a total circus house. The owner and his kids stand out front in costume, waving. The street is so narrow that I couldn't get a picture of the front, but this guy owns every inflatable lawn item that has ever been made. He also has a huge light-up sign that says "Hooville." For those who aren't from here, the University of Virginia team nickname is the Wahoos and many just say "Hoos." There was a rumor that Dr. Seus wrote The Grinch Who Stole Christmas about Charlottesville. It's not true.
This last house is on a corner and they decorate each side of their property.
Here's the back:
Here's the back:
And the front:
Needless to say, I think kitsch and cheesiness is totally fine (and at times delightful) if you're going to have a holiday circus like this on your lawn. I thought it was interesting that I didn't see any crossing of lines (i.e. Frosty, Rudolph, and Santa standing in for the three wise men around the baby Jesus), which I did see back when I lived in northern New Jersey.
Stay tuned...later this week, I'll post pictures from Marc's mother's neighborhood. I The neighborhood is full of eye candy!