If you think that you take your Christmas light displays seriously…

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December 27, 2013, 11:12 PM

You may think that you take your own Christmas light display seriously, but I’ll bet that you’ve been outdone by this house located on Red Hill Way in Ellicott City, which my mother and I took a side trip to visit after going to Arundel Mills today.  First, just take a look at the lighting, which by itself is pretty extensive:

Light show on Red Hill Way in Ellicott City

Light show on Red Hill Way in Ellicott City

But the lighting isn’t all that there is.  The lights are programmed to flash along with a number of different popular songs.  The lights flash to different patterns depending on the song, and what the song is doing.  Check it out:

Yes, that is “I Would Do Anything For Love” by Meat Loaf, and the theme to Super Mario Brothers, among others.  And apparently, there’s an FM radio feed as well, based on this sign:

Radio 96.1

Mom and I didn’t check out the radio feed, so I don’t know what that involves.  I’m guessing that it’s a simulcast of the music that plays on the small sound system that’s set up next to the sidewalk.

I can’t even begin to imagine how long it takes to pull this off.  After all, they have to set up the lights all along the house, including on the roof, and also in the yard.  Then they have to program the lights.  I can only imagine that each song takes hours to program.  Then there’s the sound system next to the sidewalk, and the radio station.  And a bench next to the sidewalk.  Apparently they know that they draw a crowd (and with good reason).  And then they have to take it all down when the season is over.

In any case, I’m impressed.  My hat is off to them.

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