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World Lights Up Christmas

As the month of November closes the world lights up trees, homes and public areas with brilliant lights of celebration.

In Australia, a Canberra lawyer has officially grabbed the Guiness World Record with nearly 1.2 million lights on his display, as seen here from ABC News:

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At the White House, the tree has arrived and the Obama family was there to greet it.

Even though it was Florida, where it is warm, Frozen is the theme of the Christmas lights in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World:

It’s not all big places celebrating with lights either. From Charlotte, North Carolina we have the story of one man’s humble light display.

And few are as serious – or as ambitious – about this annual holiday decorating tradition as Bryant Stallings.

For 10 years now, he’s dressed up the Charlotte house he and brother Marshall grew up in with lights galore – he estimated 15,000 bulbs – and an epic array of Christmas figures. He’s following a family tradition that goes back to the 1970s.

The lit-up lineup for Christmas season 2014: Santas, angels, toy soldiers, candy canes, reindeer, polar bears, snowmen, icicles, Noel candles, a train, a star, Christmas trees, a wooden cross and a fully populated Nativity scene. Even the baby Jesus has a bulb inside that makes him shine in the dark.

Back again in Australia, where it is summer time, a million dollar Christmas tree floating in the harbor of Geelong is getting world-wide attention:

Meanwhile, Mesa, Arizona in the USA is once again enjoying these lights:

“Coming to the Lights at the Temple has become a tradition for so many because the lights and the displays focus on the birth of the savior and the true meaning of Christmas,” event spokesman Stephen Harms said.

More than a million visitors annually visit the festive display, which includes light displays and a newly added life-size sculptured nativity that appears to float in a negative reflection pool and a traditional life-like nativity imported from Italy.

How about a 3.5 ton Christmas tree made entirely of Legos? Check this out from Sydney:

Weeks ago London’s famous Regent Street Christmas light switch on looked like this:

How about Christmas lights on Champs-Elysees in Paris? Check it out:

Then there’s the Christmas lights of Tokyo:

Uh…what does all this cost? CNN Money did a great story on this:

Stay tuned. There are a lot more lights to come in the next week.

Father of 7, Grandfather of 7, husband of 1. Freelance writer, Major League baseball geek, aspiring Family Historian.

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