Christmas lights are a uniquely American tradition. That’s not just because the first electric Christmas lights appeared in America. The tradition embodies a certain American-ness, an ingenuity and hunger for innovation, that’s easily overlooked. America doesn’t just make things. America makes things spectacular.
Who needs fancy special effects software and years of digital animation schooling when you can just wrap up objects in Christmas lights and spin them around real fast? As this video from Joey Shanks shows, sometimes it doesn't take much to create some really cool visuals.
The Faucher Family in Delaware have built extravagant Christmas lights setups for 25 years now. How extravagant? They use 1,000,000 lights. So how much does it cost them to run the lights for a month? $82,320. Gulp.