Some people like to binge on food during Christmas. Others prefer binging on alcohol, on sappy Hallmark Christmas movies or even on shopping. Then there are those who choose to leave their binging for the Christmas decor. These are the people that go beyond the Christmas tree and the wreaths. If you live for Christmas, then maybe you’re one who doesn’t mind a Christmas village right in your neighborhood. For people who prefer a more discreet form of decorating, though, Christmas lights bingers are their worst nightmares.
I’m sure there’s a family somewhere close to your neighborhood that indulges in a bit when it comes to their Christmas decor. For Christmas decorating masters in Connecticut, you can look no further than the Halliwell family. The members of this household have been completely transforming their home into a Christmas wonderland every year for almost two decades.
Their decor comes with yearly protests from their scrooge-like neighbors who can’t stand the over-the-top decorations. This has been going on for a while, and now the neighbors can’t take it anymore. So they did what anyone would do in the age of technology — they contacted a media outlet that would be willing to run this story so they could make a big Scroogey deal about it.
Let’s take a minute to analyze the house, shall we? I personally love this time of the year and I enjoy dabbling in a little Christmas decorating myself. Honestly, though, it looks like Santa threw up here. That’s the only way I can be nice about these Christmas decorations.
Maybe the Halliwells struggle to find their house when heading back home at night, so they use this time of year to make it easy for themselves. Maybe they like upping their electricity bill by 50 percent during the holidays. Or maybe the parents were deprived of Christmas when they were young so now they’re making up for it by going all out
Whatever the reason, these people must invest a great deal of their time to do all of this. For starters, there are 350,000 Christmas lights around their property. This is so they can create their annual, “Wonderland at Roseville” display. That’s what they call it, and apparently it attracts “hundreds — and sometimes thousands — of visitors.”
Now, first of all, how do these people deal with the lights? I mean, I only had one set of lights to put up and it still took me an hour to untangle the bloody mess. During that hour, I had a meltdown and even said some not very Christmas-y words.
Second of all, while I have never been to Connecticut, I'm starting to wonder if there are no other festively decorated houses in the state. Are people so deprived of Christmas lights that they have to come to the house where Santa threw up to get into the holiday season? I’m sure Connecticut can do better than this.
There must be, because the Halliwells’ neighbors know better than us. And the decorations bother them so much that they have even started a petition to stop this light show once and for all. It’s not just the lights that are an eyesore — God, this place is far from being Instagrammable. The noise and traffic of all the people coming to see the house is also starting to bug the neighbors.
“During the time that Wonderland at Roseville operates, the constant noise, the flow of people walking in the streets and many walking across our lawns, and the litter left behind are all a serious nuisance to our residents,” the petition reads. Looks like people aren’t just taking a quick look at this place, they’re also coming for the party. Who knew there were so many people who enjoyed such obnoxious Christmas decor?
Now, the Halliwells are arguing against this petition. They said that they have toned down their decor. (Insert the scream emoji now). Apparently, they said that they have “lowered the voltage on the lights.” How bright was this house before? Right now, it looks like it could be spotted from space.
The Halliwells said that they have also “turned down the music.” Moreover, they have “cut down their hours of operation.” This family has been putting on this display for 18 years now, and despite having several complaints before, they are “hurt” that their neighbors didn’t come to them before starting the petition.
It’s clear that the Halliwells don't understand what the issue with their display is about. You get this from the solution Gene Halliwell offered to the neighbors. “Why don’t we all put up lights?” Halliwell said. “Let’s really make it a neighborhood to really bring the people around.”
Sure, because that’s how the neighbors want to combat the excessive lights, with more obnoxious light shows. It’s easy to joke, but it’s not like the Halliwells are doing this just for themselves. The family does accept donations. While some of the money is used for electricity costs, most of the funds go to the Shriners Hospital for Children.