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    Posted December 15, 2013 by
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    80,000 Lights and 35 Years

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Sean Fleming and his daughter have been going to the home of the Ungers to view their lights for some time. He says they have the largest display he knows of in the area, and this is the 35th and final year the Christmas lights and decoration will be on display.

    "I feel it will be a little less festive without the lights and I will have to go somewhere else to soak in the lights," the 42-year-old says. "35 years is a long time."
    - jcsoffel, CNN iReport producer

    The Unger's residents of Royal Oak, Michigan have had a display at their home for the last 35 years. In what started with a naivety scene has grown to 80,000 lights and over 400 pieces. It takes over a month to setup the 180x50ft yard with the help of the couples 8 adult children.

     

    Every year thousands of onlookers drive and stop to look at the home. Some from over an hour away. The first thing you can hear when you arrive is the big jolly old santa singing "We wish you a merry Christmas".

     

    This December 2013 will be the last for the display. The retired couple in their late 60's say the high cost of energy is too much to budget. The lights averaging $1200-1500 a month. None of the lights are LEDs.

     

    Next year the couple plans to keep the Choir display out which represents all of the children of the family. I would say possibly the first Nativity Scene too.

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