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Published December 24, 2013, 04:49 PM

GR8 Outdoors: Christmas Lights

It's been a colder than normal December, but there is one thing that makes it feel a little warmer, and that is the display of Christmas lights in yards everywhere.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

It's been a colder than normal December, but there is one thing that makes it feel a little warmer, and that is the display of Christmas lights in yards everywhere.

In our GR8 Outdoors we check out some of the most popular displays in Grand Forks and hear from the people that go through the work and expense to light up their yards.

From coast to coast, there are those who compete for the best outdoor Christmas lights lay out. This year a house in Pennsylvania won ABC's Great Christmas light fight. As impressive as the display may be, halfway across the country here in Grand Forks, this year's bitter cold has made it harder to brighten the night.

Kelly Straub, holiday decorator says, "this is extreme decorating, for me. Put them out here and put up 60,000 lights and see if it lasts."

Most people know Kelly Straub's yard for its creepy creatures that help make Halloween more haunting. They are quickly replaced with creatures that help make holidays happier.

Straub says, "It's fun! Its cold out and this way they can see it from the street. And everything is pushed back."

Kelly's yard is not the only one, there is an increase in street traffic this time of year.

Allen Roth's yard just off of 10th Ave. South in Grand Forks is known for its running reindeer. From Thanksgiving to New Years day they are on the move, Allen built the display himself decade ago.

Allen Roth says, "Got it off a Christmas card from my sister. And thought, hey I'm going to make something like that so it will work."

With no real experience with such mechanical mechanisms he figured it out.

Roth says, "Four dollar aircraft motor they had out at the surplus store that runs at a real low speed and I have two different size sprockets to slow it down."

And in ten years time Rudolf hasn't stopped running. It appears the deer will dash for another 10. For people like Allen and Kelly who deck out it every year, it seems to be worth all the labor to brighten up a cold winter's night.

Straub says, "We still have a lot of people that stop, And they can put the kids in the display and take pictures."

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