We’ve lived in Orange County, California for over 20 years.
For as long as we’ve lived here the residents on Dallas Road (approximately 12 houses) have decorated their homes for Christmas. Some put up their own decorations, while others hire professional decorators.
It’s a massive undertaking. No one opts out. It must get expensive. But I’ve never heard any of the residents complain or skip a Christmas.
They buy or pay for the decorations and electricity to power the light out of their own pockets. There’s no fee to view the lights. And I don’t believe the residents get a break on electricity from the city for their efforts. It’s their “kokua” or love gift to anyone interested enough to come by.
As the years have passed word’s gotten out and every night of December carloads of people come to enjoy the beautiful lights, animated figures, and spectacular decorations. Cars park outside the Dallas Road cul-de-sac. Visitors walk in. They pause to check out the often intricate details at each yard. Like me, they take pictures, and even visit with the residents who often sit outside watching the crowds “ooo” and “ahhh” over their creations.
Three cheers for the people on Dallas Road who, year after year, keep Christmas in their hearts and joy in the eyes of many awestruck children.