I forgot to update this the last few weeks on my trips home from my late shifts at work. This is an 11 mile trip.
December 11: I counted 120 houses with lights up
December 18: I counted 139
December 27: I counted 160
Never topped last years high of 170+
I think the lateness of Thanksgiving contributed to the lower counts this year, I will continue to count until the counts get too depressingly low.