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Ryan Beltram

Ryan Beltram

Passionate about movies, sports and writing, Ryan hails from Bend but lives in Springfield now. He earned his college degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and hopes to one day write a novel. He also enjoys sunsets and long walks on the beach.
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Holiday Photo Essay: Light It Up!

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We’re only a few days away from Christmas, but you don’t need me to remind you of that. There’s reminders everywhere you look. One of the things that gets me in the spirit of Christmas is the lights. There’s nothing better than seeing a house decked out in holiday lighting both on the lawn and the house and it’s even better seeing a row of houses lit up so well, the street they’re on could be used as an emergency runway.

But as much as I love people who fully commit to decorating their houses, I equally loath people who put up one string of lights along the garage and decide–that’s enough, I’ve done my part. We’ve all seen these houses: Bulbs burnt out, drooping lights, sections that blink while others don’t. I also love the person who puts the one strand of lights on a completely random part of the house.

So if you decide to be festive and put up lights this year, go all in or don’t try at all. You should want your neighbors to not only become jealous of your house-lighting abilities, but they should also wonder if they could see your house from space. I get that more lights means a higher electric bill, but come on it’s Christmas time.

In the spirit of the holidays, I decided to drive around the Eugene/Springfield area in search of the most festive homes I could find. On my adventure, I saw more than a few houses with less-than-stellar efforts to express their holiday joy. But I was also able to locate what I was in search of and while I didn’t find as many as I would have liked, I still managed to discover a number of impressive lighting displays.

Check out the photos and post which house you like the best in the comments section.

 

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