December 26, 2010

Happy Boxing Day!

... and a very Merry Christmas to you, Guvnor! What's that Tacky Tim? Indeed, God bless 'em, every Fuse ...

 
... Scrooge took his melancholy dinner in his usual melancholy tavern; and having read all the newspapers, and beguiled the rest of the evening with his banker's book, went home to bed. He lived in chambers which had once belonged to his deceased partner. They were a gloomy suite of rooms, in a lowering pile of building up a yard, where it had so little business to be, that one could scarcely help fancying it must have run there when it was a young house, playing at hide-and-seek with other houses, and have forgotten the way out again. It was old enough now, and dreary enough; for nobody lived in it but Scrooge, the other rooms being all let out as offices. The yard was so dark that even Scrooge, who knew its every stone, was fain to grope with his hands. The fog and frost so hung about the black old gateway of the house, that it seemed as if the Genius of the Weather sat in mournful meditation on the threshold.
 
 
Now, it is a fact that there was nothing at all particular about the knocker on the door, except that it was very large. It is also a fact that Scrooge had seen it, night and morning, during his whole residence in that place; also that Scrooge had as little of what is called fancy about him as any man in the City of London, even including — which is a bold word — the corporation, aldermen, and livery. Let it also be borne in mind that Scrooge had not bestowed one thought on Marley since his last mention of his seven-years'-dead partner that afternoon. And then let any man explain to me, if he can, how it happened that Scrooge, having his key in the lock of the door, saw in the knocker, without its undergoing any intermediate process of change — not a knocker, but Marley's face ...
You can read A Christmas Carol in its entirety over at Project Gutenberg ... Humbug!

December 22, 2010

The Christmas House - New Castle, DE

Meet The Fauchers - for almost 30 years now they've been decking their digs with Swags of C9's in order to retain bragging rights for "Biggest Display in Delaware" ... Recently, as the Light Tally hit the Million Bulb mark, the National Association of Realtors' Houselogic Site calculated Rich Faucher's December electric bill to be roughly $82,320 ( or $686 / hour ); the blogosphere continues to dispute the accuracy of such a fantastically high figure, but even lowball estimates still hover around $6,000 ( Pilgrims are therefore urged to empty their wallets into The Christmas House coffers ) ... Every year, Santa navigates a minefield of Rooftop Cords while dodging the Incendiary Debris flying out of Flash Pots just to deliver the Goods to a couple of Uniformed Reps from the Toys for Tots Campaign!






























Photographs 1-8 ©2007 Sarah L ~ Photographs 9-14 ©2007 Amanda Jansen
Photograph 15 ©2002 Rich Faucher


 
YARD: THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE
DATES: December 1, 2010 - January 1, 2011
TIMES: Monday - Wednesday 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 Thursday - Friday 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
 Saturday - Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
LOCATION: 1054 Red Lion Road - New Castle, DE
DIRECTIONS: --
BROADCAST: --
AUDIENCE: All Ages
ADMISSION: FREE
DONATIONS: Accepted for Improvements and for Charity
CHARITIES: Toys for Tots
GALLERY: http://www.christmashouse.0catch.com/pictures.htm
WEBSITE: http://www.christmashouse.0catch.com/
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December 15, 2010

G-Town Christmas - Gardner, KS

Bust out the milk, the cookies, and the mirror ball, 'cause disco Santa is definitely boogieing down to G-Town, to the not-so-humble abode of Dancing Lights enthusiast Tyson Hofsommer. Inspired by the 2005 video of celebrated Buckeye designer Carson Williams' display ( Christmas Lights Gone Wild ), Tyson's carefully choreographed techno ballet, sequenced by Light-O-Rama software and synched to a Xmas Mix visitors can manipulate from their iDroids, involves some 10,000 Lights & 10 days to install ...






Photographs ©2008–2010 Tyson Hofsommer

 
YARD: G-TOWN CHRISTMAS
DATES: November 26, 2010 - January 3, 2011
TIMES: Monday - Thursday ... 5:15 pm - 10:15 pm CST
 Friday - Saturday ... 5:15 pm - 10:45 pm CST
 December 23 ... 5:15 pm - 11:15 pm CST
 December 24 & 25 ... 5:15 pm - 12:15 am CST
 December 31 ... 5:15 pm - 1:00 am CST
LOCATION: 430 West Westhoff Place - Gardner, KS
DIRECTIONS: Heading East on West 167th St., Turn Right onto North Poplar St. then
 Left onto West Westhoff Pl. ...
BROADCAST: 106.7 FM - User Controlled Playlist via miip.mobi!
AUDIENCE: All Ages
ADMISSION: FREE
DONATIONS: --
CHARITIES: --
GALLERY: http://christmas.tysonh.com/?page_id=4
WEBSITE: http://christmas.tysonh.com/
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December 8, 2010

The Tompkins' Home - Guyton, GA

Given the enormity of their Halloween display ( Be sure to check out The Undead Cemetery over at Haunted Lawns ), it's almost inconceivable that Keith & Martie Tompkins could posess the requisite energy to assemble a walkthru Winter Wonderland, but every year they do just that - and how! Critters from both Poles are well represented, from Penguins guarding Igloos to Polar Bears popping out of Presents, while Characters from Classic Xmas Specials ( the Cat in The Hat, the Grinch, and the ever burly Burl Ives ) bounce in exultation. Even Santa's Stable is full to capacity with Inflatable Reindeer, insuring a safe & buoyant trip when he goes to visit Baby Jesus, apparently ...
























Photographs ©2009 Keith & Martie Tompkins

 
YARD: THE TOMPKINS' HOME
DATES: December 1, 2010 - January 1, 2011
TIMES: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
LOCATION: 140 Brittany Lane - Guyton, GA
DIRECTIONS: --
BROADCAST: --
AUDIENCE: All Ages
ADMISSION: FREE
DONATIONS: --
CHARITIES: --
GALLERY: http://ourchristmaswebsite.webs.com/apps/photos/
WEBSITE: http://ourchristmaswebsite.webs.com/
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