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Old 12-18-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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When I was growing up in NJ, my dad used to take me to a house near his office that took Christmas decorating to a whole new level. Animatronics that kids could turn on by the push of a button, music playing, thousands of lights. It was an annual tradition.

When I had my own kids, there was a house in town that would set up a walking path through their front and back yards. A small carousel ridden by teddy bears. Music and lights and hundreds of wood cut outs. A life sized display of the cast of Sesame Street. 14 decorated trees in the house, from one foot to 12 feet, with doors and windows open and visitors encouraged to peer inside. A lit up Santa, sleigh, and all nine reindeer on the roof. It was an annual tradition to go there on Christmas eve, and spend at least 30 minutes wandering the grounds.

Now, I know about Longwood Gardens. About all the commercial places to drive through to see the lights. I don't want that. I want to know about the neighborhood homes. The families that are so full of Christmas spirit they spend weeks decorating, and fortunes on their electric bill. Where in New Castle County do I find impressively decorated homes that encourage gawkers?
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:23 PM
 
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Haha was the Sesame Street house in Wanamassa? I heard there is a house near Red Lion.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:59 PM
 
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No Sandee, the Sesame Street (and so much more) house is in Brick. We will be going to see it when we visit my dad for Christmas, but I'm hoping to find some local ones too.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Magnolia, DE
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Too bad you are up in north. There is a house just barely south of Dover that puts all others to shame. I think there are at least 15 of those blow up things in their yard, plus lights. It's epic. I watched someone pull over to the side of the street just to gawk at it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:21 AM
 
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Carrie-- I know which house you are speaking of, we always saw it on Christmas Eve.

We are going to the house in Bear, near Red Lion. I hear it is really done up. I think it is on Santa Clause Ln (haha)
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