Crazy For Christmas: Crazy Light Displays

Lights Everywhere

Growing up, we lived in a neighborhood in which the homeowners association required every house in the subdivision to be decorated for Christmas no later than the first Saturday in December. People from all around came to drive through our streets, ooh-ing & ahh-ing. The police came out to direct traffic. You could spend hours driving through our subdivision. It made for quite a spectacular evening tradition at Christmas. Some people – like us – had normal displays. Others hired professionals to make their houses stand out on the tour. I always loved seeing those houses. The people who lived in them knew what it meant to go big!

Annual Tradition

Our family just returned from what has become an annual pilgrimage to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.  It is one of the top ten amusement parks in America, and their light display ranks even higher.

More than five million lights adorn the park. And as if that is not enough, they ramp it up by computerizing a 50-foot tall Christmas tree set to music of the season multiple times per night. After that, they kick it up a notch with their “Holly Jolly Light Parade”, currently featuring characters from the classic 1964 Christmas movie, “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” That Herschend family really knows what it means to go big.

Bright Enough To See It From Space

I can’t help but laugh (and cheer ) while watching the 2006 Christmas movie, “Deck The Halls.”  Neighbors played by Danny Devito and Matthew Broderick compete to see which one can outdo the other to have the brightest, most elaborate light display at their house for Christmas.  In the movie, the guys forget about the real joy of just celebrating Christmas as they get caught up in the competition, but they come to their senses in the end.

And I love that Danny Devito’s character has this goal of his house being so lit up for Christmas that it can be seen from space. I’ll leave it for you to watch to see if he actually accomplishes his dream or not.) But again, what I love is that he knows how to go big.

Go Big!

I don’t know what your thing is… maybe it’s Christmas lights set up to delight kids… or perhaps it writing songs that are sung in churches around the world every Sunday… or maybe it’s raising great kids who grow up to be productive citizens and positively impact the lives of everyone around them.

Whatever it is, GO BIG!

Don’t be mediocre. Don’t play it safe. Don’t hedge your bets. Throw yourself into it while hog!  Settle only when you have given your all and done your absolute best.

That’s how God designed us… to be enthusiastic. Without getting too deep, the word enthusiasm comes from a Greek thought which means filled with God. Inside you is a creative being, made in the image of God, with all the ability you need to go big.

So cook a feast big enough to feed an army! Run your personal best in a marathon!  Or run for office and lead with integrity! Or run a corporation based on godly principles that makes a difference in this world!

Be the best baker or CPA or computer specialist or high school coach you can be. Be the best parent or foster parent you can be. Be the best artist, the best singer, the best architect you can be.

Whatever you do, do it with enthusiasm! Go big!


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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