I'm not the smartest guy in the world, but I can tell you that hanging candles on your Christmas tree to light it up isn't a great idea. That's how it was done way back in the day and, yes, there were fires. A lot of fires.

Christmas lights didn't come along until the 1880s when Thomas Edison was looking for ways to promote his new light bulb. According to ChristmasHQ.com, one of Edison's employees suggested the lights would be a safer option to decorate trees and the rest is history. Today, a Burnsville, Minnesota couple is in the news because of their holiday lights.

How Many People Decorate for Christmas?

A ton of people decorate the inside of their home and according to a recent YouGov poll 43% of Americans put holiday decorations up in their yard or on their house.

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Most people flip the switch and light up their display on Black Friday or sometime during the week after Thanksgiving.

Real Life Grinch Lives in Burnsville, Minnesota

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Adam Duncan and Brandi Joy from Burnsville said they were crushed when they received a holiday card last Friday.

The holiday card read, "Your yard decorations (if you call it that) are very much an eyesore for the neighborhood. Please stop or at least tame it down."

Bring Me The News published the story along with a picture of the couple's holiday display. I think they did an amazing job with their decorations and, as a dad with two young kids that love going out to see everyone's lights, I applaud their holiday spirit.

If your lights are up and shining bright you could win some holiday cash! Help us Light Up Southeast Minnesota and you could win $500!

Minnesota’s Longest Drive-Thru Light Show Is In Mankato

The Kiwanis Holiday Light Display is located at Sibley Park in Mankato. The holiday display is free to the public but cash donations are accepted. All money collected is given to area non-profits.

Sam's Christmas Village Features 8-Million Lights!

If you are looking for something fun, festive, and safe to do you should take your family to Sam’s Christmas Village! 

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