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Holiday display lighting up the neighborhood in Georgia

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One Georgia man is going all-out to light up his home for Christmas this year.

For J.R. Adams, decorating his home elaborately with lights, music, and Santa Claus on a motorcycle is a childhood dream come true.

"I have a son now; really didn't get to do much as a kid. I always really liked Christmas lights, so I decided to go big when I bought my own house," Adams said.

Adams has been doing this for three years, ever since he bought his Georgia home. Adams says he collects lights and decorations throughout the year and tries to outdo himself every holiday season; finding new equipment to make the display even better than before.

"I bought the music box last year, which gets all the lights to play in different sequences," Adams said.

Adams' cousin Logan Hurlburt says the family supports his effort to make his home the best on the block.

"It's really cool, and it's really nice, because other people get to look at it," Hurlburt said.

Including Adams' neighbor Barrett H. Smith. He says he welcomes the lights and constant holiday music.

"I think it's fantastic, I told him his lights are awesome this year," Smith said.

When it comes to competing with his ambitious neighbor, Smith says that won't happen.

"I wouldn't want to outshine him," laughed Smith.

But the lights display doesn't come cheap. Adams says making all of this work - including his blinking WCAX sign - runs him about 110 additional dollars per month on his electric bill. Still he says seeing others enjoy the holiday spirit makes it all worth it.

"Fun for me, fun for the kids, people stop by, take pictures with their kids, other kids stop by," Adams said.

Hurlburt hopes that the display will attract some very special guests, and make her holiday wish come true.

"To see my family that's in Virginia, because I never get to see them very often. It's like once a year they come down," Hurlburt explained.

Adams estimates he uses about 2,500 lights and starts preparing a month in advance.

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