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Family covers house with impressive holiday light display

The Local · 1 Dec 2010, 12:40

Published: 01 Dec 2010 12:40 GMT+01:00

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“There are 20,000 more than last year,” said David Vogt, explaining that only a lack of funds stopped the family from hitting their original target of 500,000 lights.

The house is festooned with luminous reindeer, sledges, and snowmen, but the extra-special feature is a sixteen metre high silver Christmas tree. The 30-year-old Vogt boasted that the centrepiece supports twice as many lights as previously.

He also explained how the family managed to keep adding sparkle to the already packed roof of their house by switching from plastic tubing to chains.

“Now it’s like a sea of stars,” he said.

After decorating their house for the holidays for several years, the Vogt’s recently made the switch to energy-saving LED bulbs in order to cut down on electricity. Last Christmas they ended up with a €3,000 bill for their impressive Yuletide display.

Preparations began this year in June, when the first string of lights went up, and the house was lit up last Saturday.

The spectacle will be turned on daily between around 5 pm and 9 pm through New Years Eve, when the grand switch-off will be marked by fireworks.

The family’s extravagant decorations were inspired by a trip to America in 1999, when Vogt and his father, who is also named David, returned with suitcases full of decorations. What started out as just a few lights strung on the bushes and trees surrounding their house has developed into a local event, attracting visitors from the town and beyond.

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“Last weekend the guests filled two large tents,” said Vogt. A small Christmas market next to the house, complete with a mini-carousel for visiting children to play on, helps to defray the hefty power costs. Guests will be able to get their fill of bratwurst, crepes and traditional Glühwein.

The family have announced that they are already planning their light display for Christmas 2011. Featuring even more lights than this year, the Vogts intend to remain Germany's premier holiday decoration destination.


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13:10 December 1, 2010 by freechoice
Even though is not environmentally friendly, it looks awesome!!!

It sort of reminded me of Chevy Chase National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation!
13:55 December 1, 2010 by PawD
Amazing display... reminds me of Diwali back in India!
15:58 December 1, 2010 by Uncle Jamal
It could be more tacky. Nasty.
17:06 December 1, 2010 by lordkorner
Call me boring or old fashioned but passing a house on a winter's night and seeing a single candle in the window does it for me, I find the above photo simply tasteless loud and vulgar.
19:03 December 1, 2010 by Landmine
Way too much lighting... I'm from the US and he has pretty much beat anything I ever saw back home.

I'd rather spend the money on a great vacation than on the local utility company!
19:32 December 1, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Electricity is cheaps as peanuts in Germany. Winterheaven?
07:02 December 2, 2010 by Mh0926
He must love his house very much...
07:52 December 2, 2010 by Landmine
I guess 3,000 euros is pretty cheap huh?
09:11 December 2, 2010 by ECSNatale
It is possible to have a ton of lights and make the display look lovely. This is clearly not one of those examples. TACK TACK TACK!
13:13 December 2, 2010 by Christian Feeger
Hey lighten up (couldn't resist the pun)!

If David wants to festoon his house with lights and share the fun with others, why not? Life isn't just about impressing people with 'culture', scrimping on bills, etc. This is pure unadulterated fun. Dare I say 'more power to him' (If he can afford it!) and I hope he and his family bring delight to all the children in their region.

There's room for kitsch too in this world. Especially when it brings happiness to lots of little ones. So who are we to argue the merits of something as simple as decorating a house with lots of lights for Christmas?

Lordkorner, it feels like you've forgotten what it feels like to be a child. That's sad.

So I encourage you, to relax a little. Live and let live. Especially as we approach Christmas, and practice laughing things off instead of being so serious. You'll have a better Christmas for it.
17:49 December 3, 2010 by omackw
What wonderful 60 year old childhood memories came flooding back when I saw this picture!. In the early 1950s, the week before Christmas, we loaded up the family car and made the annual circuit to "look at the lights". Some were special like this house that drew us back every year to see what had been added. To us kids it was part of the magic of a Southern Christmas.
17:57 December 3, 2010 by lordkorner
Christian feeger,I'm totallllly relaxed,your the one who's gone and written an essay.
12:57 December 5, 2010 by ReaderX
Well said Christian Feeger! Well said!

I loved seeing houses light up like that as a child and I still do to a degree.

Further if people don't like it one is always allowed to look the other way.
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