Some of my neighbors love to put out lights at Christmas. This is a picture of the efforts of some Crestwood residents on the 1700 block of Webster Street, and I love to drive by it at night. Others have some combination of lights, greenery and even a cool display of nutcrackers. But there are some who do go to extremes.
One of these homes is known as the Bishop's House on North Portal Street, just west of 16th Street. And starting back in the 1960's they started to do a big light display. Over the years, the family has added a bit at a time and today, every tree, every part of the house, and pretty much the whole property says they are totally into the holiday season. There is even a full sized manger with animals that look like they just came over from Rock Creek Park to pose.
Now the only downside was that I headed over there with my camera to take some photos. And guess what? There were five tour busses and a huge traffic jamb! I wanted to find a place to park and take some pictures, but no such luck. Officer Friendly told me I had to move on.
If I were a neighbor, would I be annoyed? Probably not. After all, the display brings joy to a lot of people, many of whom have been driving by since the '60s. And it's brought joy to a whole lot of people, which is the whole idea of the holidays.
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