Well, I guess it all started in 2001. My wife and I got married and moved into our first house, two weeks before we got married! Since we got married in December, I didn't have time to put up decorations that year. However, looking around at the few houses that were decorated for Christmas, I knew I had to make some changes the next year.
In 2002, the year after we got married, I put up a few lights. There weren't too many. About 1,500 lights outlined the roof, a bright snowman sat in the front yard, and of course, no yard is complete without a 9 foot Merry Christmas sign. It took me about an hour to do it.
Then, the display just got bigger and bigger. In 2005 we had about 5,000 lights on the house! It looked like the house in the movie "Christmas Vacation!" Every year my wife Ann would say to me, "You know, at one point we are going to be considered 'that house'. You know what? She was absolutely right. Everyone tells us, "Oh, you have that house on Meadows End! I know that house."
So here I am. As the year goes on, come back and take a look at how I am progressing. This year (2012) ought to be pretty good as we're looking at having at least 50,000 lights, hopefully. We may have a little less this year as the roof will not be filled with lights as in Christmas pasts. This year we have large snowflakes that are going on the roof. The lights from the roof...are going over the driveway to form a tunnell. So maybe around 40 to 45,000.
If you happen to drive by on a weekend in October, take a look at the roof as that's probably where I'll be, putting up the first of the lights.
See you this year! Merry Christmas!
75 Meadows End Road
Milford, CT 06460-4256