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December 15, 2003

Lowndes County - It's a holiday tradition for many families, adorning their homes with Christmas lights and decorations. But one South Georgia man is taking this tradition to extremes.

You could call it his own little Christmas wonderland. "We've got about 13,000 lights and 100 figurines," said John Squardo.

Squardo has transformed his yard into a festival of lights. "We started with just a few decorations, then the kids got involved and we got ideas from riding around looking at other homes, and then it just got bigger and bigger," said Squardo.

Not one inch of his home is left uncovered, from the top of the roof to the basketball goal. Even the family pets are showing their Christmas spirit. "We've dressed the dogs in scarves and hats, and I don't think they mind too much," said Squardo.

With all these lights, the question on everyone's mind is, just how high is the power bill? "It quadruples this time of year," said Squardo. "We usually run about 20 amps, now we're running about 120."

People are coming from all over South Georgia and North Florida to see his Christmas masterpiece. "They've even stopped and knocked on the door, wanting to look inside or take a picture with their kids by the lights," said Squardo.

There may not be much room left in this yard, but Squardo says next year's creation will be at least 10 percent bigger.

John Squardo says it takes a total of about 80 hours to put up all of his Christmas lights.

posted at 1:55PM by ashley.harper@walb.com