questionsdo you have a tradition of driving around looking…

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Sore, sore point - so you did notice, you really did! Everyone goes all out in my neighborhood with beautiful lighted trees, lawns, etc. I mean, it is really in excellent taste and not over the top. I can no longer do this, so my own pathetic (feel sorry for me here) attempts fall far short of what surrounds me. My neighbors don't care at all, but where the sore point comes in is that there are TOUR BUSSES that come through here every, single night from Thanksgiving through New Years, and I cringe at the comments that must be at least thought of by the passengers when they go by my house. :(

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We go on Christmas Eve as well. Usually on the way home from my parents house.

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@magic cave: LOVE IT! What we ALL do on Christmas Eve in this development is put luminarias out along the roads. It is simply gorgeous.

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JUST got back from our 2nd trip... I have noticed that fewer houses did lights this year, but the ones that did went ALL OUT!

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@klozitshoper: Oh, I used to love visiting the Windcrest neighborhood in San Antonio. So pretty. And Pancho Claus!

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A group of us (three vehicles full of nutcases) are going for a late lunch tomorrow afternoon. Then we're driving up the canyon to a couple of mountain towns that do some great decorating, and finish the evening off with some cocoa, watch the elk in the Park, and most likely stay overnight at the Stanley. Film at eleven. ^_^

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Used to go out for a few nights before and after Christmas wehn my kids were younger but now they really don't want to go any more so haven't gone in at least the last two years, maybe three.

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Near where I live, on a road I have to pass every day for work, there are three houses that decorate like crazy. Thanks to people deciding to go "view" there, we end up with many near accidents, as people blindly walk across the road/park in the road/or wander the road to view these houses.

So nope, I do not do it and I do not condone the practices unless you are in a secured neighborhood with little traffic. If you are going to view, please keep in mind that you are an obstruction to the road, an invitation to crime and so forth, and be swift about it. I know it sounds rude, but too many people get run over every year in my state and city, so pedestrians need to have a bit more self-awareness. This time of year brings out the worst in so many ways.

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@magic cave: I know them (ditto). Good people.

We go to McAddenville when it won't be too crowded (weeknight) and also many of the public venues that light up their grounds (gardens, golf courses, zoos, etc.)

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We don't usually go "driving" looking at lights. But in the evening if we are going somewhere, I will take a scenic route past houses I know are decorated. It's neat to hear the kids yell out when they see a lit up house.

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I always go with my family on Christmas Eve. I live in Dallas so we usually drive around Highland Park and look at the lights. This is where Jerry Jones, and George W. Bush live. Since it is such a rich neighborhood, they have tons of extravagant lights.

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Christmas Eve will be our 2nd trip. Except this one comes complete with movie theater popcorn and movie theater nachos.

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My wife and I have a Christmas driving tradition that is a little different. We don't celebrate Christmas and volunteer to pull call for work (at a hospital) every Christmas so our coworkers with kids can spend time with family and not have to worry about getting called in.

We drive around just to see if any businesses are open. So far we found a Starbucks and a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant that appeared open. Had I been hungry, I would have probably gorged myself on chimichangas to pass the time.

It's a real exciting tradition, let me tell ya...

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When we were kids, we'd go to Bernville, PA, which is in Berks County (SE PA). The whole town was decorated, and from what I was told they still do it for the most part. It was amazing! Now, we don't drive around looking at the lights near as much since there aren't many decorations to see here, unless we go to some of the little mountain towns or a few towns in the foothills between Loveland and Boulder.