Saturday, December 13, 2008

Virginia Tacky Light Tour

In Virginia we have what is called The Tacky Lights Tour. They probably have them all over the place but because we are so conservative here in Virginia, (my house, along with most of the neighborhood and surrounding communities pretty much stick with white lights), it is especially fun to go check it out.

There are tour busses you can take but we prefer to go in the car.

So anyway, this week Chatty Kelly and her kids, Our Dad, Alberquando, myself and an unexpected guest (a friend of JM's got stranded and needed a ride so we picked him up and made him go with us even though JM was at work) went and took our own tour.

Of course the pictures don't do these houses justice....or perhaps they give too much, haha.
Anyway, here is a sample of what we saw.

In one of them, it is a mom that lives next door to her son so both houses are done. In another it looks like the entire block got into it. The man that lives at one of the houses said he starts putting things up September 13th and usually finishes taking them down around mid-February. He also makes many of his decorations himself. In other words he spends well over half of each year on this.

They are fun to look at and the hours involved are amazing, but as I've said before...."Woe to the neighbors". (Remember National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation?---and they didn't have to deal with tour busses!). Also, no matter what you put out to decorate your own house with will surely look bland next to houses like these.

In one of the pictures you will see Chatty Kelly's angels peeking through the cut out faces of a snowman and Santa. Hey, Look! There's another picture of the snowman and Santa but with 2 different faces peeking out! Wonder who THAT could be!?!!


Edie said...

Well first of all those two *other* faces look cute peeking through the cutout too! LOL!! You two are nuts! That's why I like you both and feel so at home with you. :)

My goodness I would NOT want to live in these peoples neighborhoods. How long were the tour lines?

We don't have a tacky lights tour in our area. There is a small sub division called Emerald Park where everyone decorates their homes using green and white lights. They tend to get quite a tour going through their but it is still nothing compared to these pictures.

Looks like a great time!

Chatty Kelly said...

Edie - we wish you could have come along!!!

Thankfully there was a Starbuck's on the way to my dad's.

Peppermint Mocha and Christmas lights make for a good night.

Beverlydru said...

Oh, Oh, Oh, how I love Christmas lights!! Or should that be Ho,Ho,Ho?! This used to be a "must do" on Christmas activities but living in the boonies has made it such a big undertaking. But the moon last night was phenomenal, so it's okay. Thanks for letting me go with you. Enjoyed the tour!!

The Patterson 5 said...

Wonderful pictures! What fun! Ya'll look great!

Greg C said...

I loved the pictures. There is a house like that around here and their neighbor too them to court to try to ban them from putting up so many lights. I need to go by to see if they are still up because they make tacky look normal. :)

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

A tacky TOUR?! That sounds like a ball! We don't have anything like that around here! Well; there is "one" lady who has her house like that. You want your shades on to sit and look at it all because it's so BLINDING! LOL
I love the picture of the two mystery "SILLY'S." ;)
Our neighbor across the road has lights on her house with MUSIC going all evening. She's stone deaf herself, and has it cranked to the M A X. My kids can hear it inside their house. LOL That's about as wild as it gets in these parts.
Anyhow, thanks for letting us come on the Tacky lights tour with yall!
Later gater!

Irritable Mother said...

Those lights are amazing! I cannot imagine the time they put into decorating.
Tacky? Maybe. But surely fun to look at for a while.
And those two additional faces, hmmmm, could it be you and CK? Very cute!

Sue J. said...

I'll never forget the first tour we made (I think the Internet listed the suggested sites to visit). We waited to drive in front of the house--after a few buses. When we finally caught a look, it wasn't the lights but the Santa station with the hot chocolate they were serving under driveway car cover that had me with my eyes out.

I'm not fond of the word 'tacky' for this, but excessive is definitely appropriate! (And CJ keeps asking me when we're headed out!)

On a somber note, the house that has won honors 2 years running for their decorations has completely cut back, except for the Nativity and Santa over the driveway. Either they got tired of winning or the season of excess has passed.....

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

how fun! I don't think we have anything like that around here. Maybe tacky is the norm.

My ADHD Me said...

The name of the tour actually IS "The Tacky Lights Tour". And yes, some of them have a "live" Santa to take pics with, some give out candy canes and some hot chocolate. It really is amazing and the pictures make it seem like about half as much as it really is.

The traffic in each neighborhood is literally stop and go. People park all up and down the road and get out and walk around and as I said, there is almost always a tour bus parked there. AGAIN, WOE to the neighbors!!!!

P.S. There was a crane parked across the street from one. How else could they get all those lights in the tops of the trees!

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

Maybe they use a firetruck? LOL!

Irritable Mother said...

Hey, the Dream Calendars arrived. They are gorgeous!!!
I'll mail yours out tomorrow - or today if I end up going "out" again. *grin*

On Purpose said...

This my friend is a very warm and cost saving way to "tour Christmas lights"...I didn't have to go get in the car in the 14 degree weather we are having! Thank you!

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey, how do you put all those pictures so spread out all over the place? ????

Anonymous said...

You have got to post those pictures to the Tacky Light Tour. They are great!