Untangle those lights in the attic and break out the garland because Litchfield Park’s holiday home decorating contest is upon us!
This year, participants can enter their homes into one of three categories: Norman Rockwell, Clark Griswold and ‘Inflatable Fun.’
Norman Rockwell was an illustrator and painter who reached the height of his fame in the mid-20th century as the cover artist for the Saturday Evening Post. His now-iconic works of exaggerated realism exemplify nostalgic Americana.
Residents entering into this category should stick to traditional, nostalgic elements like vintage bulbs with soft lights, wreaths and garland. Think: Home Alone house before the robbers show up.
The Clark Griswold category, on the other hand, is all about flash; a light display so overwhelming it’s distracting. If you’re unsure what the demands of the Clark Griswold category are, just give National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation a watch, or check out the clip below.
Deck out your yard with holiday-themed inflatables to participate in the ‘Inflatable Fun’ category.
This category might seem like the easy path to victory; just pick up some self-inflating decorations at a home improvement store, stake them into the ground and voilà: a low-maintenance holiday display. But it’s easy to see how this category could spiral into an arms race of homes competing to pack the most hot-rod Santas and holiday minions into their yard display, which could get pricey – and have you ever tried anchoring an inflatable Grinch to your roof?
Participating homes will be judged during the week of Dec. 13, and the three winning homes will be notified Dec. 17.
Each winner will receive a $100 cash prize and a decorative yard sign proclaiming their home the best decorated in all of Litchfield Park!
Residents must register by Friday, Dec. 10 to participate. Click here to sign up on the city’s website.
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