The people who live opposite have spent the weekend decorating the outside of their house and garden for Christmas. By the looks of things we are heading for something that looks like National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. I don’t mind the lights and giant reindeer too much but the laser light show projected onto their house reflects on our TV and is a bit annoying. This is not being done for a charity just a love for the festive season. Don’t get me wrong I like pretty lights but apart from being annoying this seems excessive and maybe a bit tacky. AIBU?
I hate the excessive laser displays, inflatable santas and snowmans, lots of colours, flashing lights etc. I wouldn't say they're tacky but I do think they are obtrusive and show no consideration for others.
There’s a house near me (I’m in Canada) that does light and music shows every 45 minutes or so during the evening. You tune in to a particular radio frequency to hear the music. He raises a lot of money for local charities. A local church puts on an annual bus tour to go round town looking at the best decorated houses. It’s become a Christmas tradition.
By definition anything over the top, is! But standards vary. I think all outside non commercial (and most commercial) look tacky but they seem popular. Some local to me have even already got displays going on. Madness.
Of course it's tacky! That's the point! I think our house is possibly the tackiest on the street but it makes everyone smile.
Electricity wise....The smart meter indicates that it is costing us an extra couple of pounds at most over the Christmas period. All LED bulbs and on timers. Some of the outdoor ones are actually solar powered.