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December 25th, 2012
08:55 AM ET

California homeowner Jan Stewart has 65K Christmas lights on her house; neighbors annoyed: 'I just don’t understand their attitude'

Christmas is typically a festive time when many of us decorate our houses with lights, wreaths, inflatable Santas and more. But there’s always that house that takes it a little too far. One woman's display in Fountain Valley, California features 65,000 lights! The display cost $50,000 and took a month to install. And it has since sparked controversy among her neighbors. But it's in tribute to a man who died of cancer. This morning, we're joined by the Jan Stewart, the woman who owns the house and put up the display.

Stewart says she put up the lights in tribute to her late husband, Larry. “We had been looking at these lights for quite a while on the Internet; decided last year was the year that we were gonna do it,” Stewart says. “Unfortunately, he passed away in May. So, I decided to do it in his honor and this is the second year.”

The sentiment is not lost on everybody but some neighbors have complained and consider it a bit of a nuisance. “It’s only for another week or so and the display will be gone,” Stewart says. “I just don’t understand their attitude.” Stewart plans on doing it again next year.

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  1. ron

    I'm agree. I guess I'm one of those people who thinks there's no such thing as to much.It comes once a year. Lighten up.

    December 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Damion Rodriguez

    I'm not sure where this $50,000 figure came from, but it's wrong. I designed, programmed and put in the orders for this whole light show. This $50,000 number came out of nowhere, you are repeating another reporters inaccuracy. Since we're on the subject of inaccuracies that are traveling with this story, I don't use an iPad to control this display, I use a Google Nexus 10 tablet. I'd never willingly own an Apple product, go Android! I must admit it's pretty shallow of the media in general to portray people enjoying our light show as if they are pointing in disgust, all those people in the street and in front of the house were there having fun. Not a single neighbor has had the courtesy to talk to anyone of us in person.

    The ONLY reason the media has come around here is for the controversy that was stirred up when the next door neighbor, Donna Velin, former City Clerk for Los Alamitos and Orange, and her husband went to the City Council of Fountain Valley and tried to convince them the whole neighborhood was against our light show. If this were true, we would not have thousands of signatures of locals, including the neighbors directly next us in our guestbook, with their addresses and phone numbers proving they are in the same development. All while offering their support and even giving us thank you cards, caramel apples, & lemon bars for doing the light show in their neighborhood.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply

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