Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Christmas Lights

In my post yesterday, where I compared city of Bellingham Christmas decorations fifty years ago to now, I got the attention of a few people. Ends up that, as far as the city goes, tall trees and extravagant lighting are things of the past.

I did not wish to imply that the spirit of Christmas lighting has died in our fair city. Many homeowners still have vivid displays of lighting. It is just that the city fathers seem to have zipped shut the coin purse when it comes to holiday festivities or lighting that is sponsored by the city.

Below is a photo of a huge Bellingham home that has, for years, gone all out at Christmas. It is on a busy corner on a primary residential street.


Thanks for stopping by,

Steven L. Smith


Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 13 commentsSteven L. Smith • December 20 2009 03:17PM


Thanks for the post.

Posted by The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos / Harleysville; RSPS (RE/MAX Property Specialists) over 9 years ago

I haven't tried to take pictures of any of our local lights yet.  It's finally a dry day, so maybe tonight I'll go for a ride with my camera.......that will be fun!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 9 years ago

Driving into my subdivision my mind always goes to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Some people really get onto the season. I admit outside of having a Christmas tree you would never know I acknowledge the holiday.

Posted by Vince Santos, Southeast Michigan Home Inspector (StepByStep Home Services LC) over 9 years ago

They light up our old court house in Searcy.  When they first did it a lady who valued history was appalled that they'd string lights over a historical treasure.  They have to be attached and it wouldn't be good for the structure.  I agreed with her and still think we'd be better off to put spotlights on beautiful things and leave off the strings of lights.

Searcy court house

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

The spirit of Christmas is everywhere.  This house looks lovely.

Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis, Metrowest Boston (Fieldstone Historic Research) over 9 years ago

Steven, I do not see as many houses decorated this year as I did last year. It may have something to do with the economy. 

Merry Christmas... 

And a prosperous New Year...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Remember "Where's the beef?" 

Where's the house!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Very cool picture Mr Steve-----I like taking pictures of all the lights WAY more than putting them up:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Isn't that Charlie's house? I think Barbara's court house photo is beautiful. I like looking at lights, but would rather go to the dentist than string lights.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

I live vicariously through neighbor's lights. The more the merrier I say... :)

Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Mrs Kate,

I believe that you live vicariously by keeping an eye on my life and my high adventures. You imagine that you can swing from trees like me. That is what I think.

Nutsy S. Wallenda


Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

You are never going to win this, you know that, don't you Kate?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Why Jay, I already won! Kate

Nutsy, take a swing into a brick wall.

Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago