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In driving back to the office from my dinner break, I took the "scenic route" to get a glimpse of some of the amazing Christmas lights Victorians had strung up throughout town.

And let me tell you. I was impressed.

My family has never really done Christmas lights before. It's not that we don't like them - in fact, we always made annual trips around town to take a look at what others had done with them. I guess we just didn't want to have to bother with them twice: once for the Christmas tree and again for the outside of the house.

Plus, knowing us, they'd stay up through April or something.

But I'm truly impressed by what some of you have to offer! Mechanized, lit up reindeer, lights strung flawlessly across rooftops to where they lay perfectly straight ... amazing.

I stumbled across this YouTube video a while back - Ellen Degeneres had actually shown the clip on her talk show several months ago - and it's definitely something. I'm not sure who has time to do this or the KNOWLEDGE to do this, but this lighted masterpiece - complete with music, no less - is something special. 

So for all of you out there that take the time to string lights outdoors, your efforts don't go unnoticed!

Oh, and shameless plug for a fellow reporter: check out Tara Bozick's feature on Delores Seifert's lighted wonderland. Just one example of a Victorian who knows her way around a strand of lights.