Every Christmas Season, my Holly Jolly neighbors "FedEx Pat" and "Cornershow Bob" light up the Jersey night sky in what has been called "The Friendly Christmas Lights Competition."

Late Sunday afternoon, all is in place. (Craig Allen photo)
Late Sunday afternoon, all is in place. (Craig Allen photo)
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The whole neighborhood looks forward to Thanksgiving weekend, as this is when the lights "come out to play."

I've been writing about Pat and Jen's, and Bob and Ginni's progress throughout the long holiday weekend...and you can look back (or catch up) by clicking the links found below:

Friendly Christmas Lights-Friday morning here

Friendly Christmas Lights-Friday afternoon here

Friendly Christmas Lights-Saturday here

By tradition, the rush is on for "FedEx Pat" and "FedEx Jen," because they start putting up their display on Friday...and finish by Sunday evening.

"Up The Ladder To The Roof,"...many times. (Craig Allen photo)
"Up The Ladder To The Roof"...many times. (Craig Allen photo)
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And, when Pat says that they are done, that's it. Nothing more is added. Period.

"Cornershow Bob" and "Cornershow Ginni" start now...and just keep adding...right up to Christmas Eve.

So, as the sun is setting over Hillsborough New Jersey...

The streetlights are coming on...and the "Shooting Star" waits it's turn. (Craig Allen photo)
The streetlights are coming on...and the "Shooting Star" waits its turn. (Craig Allen photo)
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..friends from all over the neighborhood are strolling by Pat and Jen's place (dog-walking in many cases)...wondering: Will there be "friendly" lights tonight?

Meantime, Pat is furiously checking electrical connections...

Making sure that it's plugged in. (Craig Allen photo)
Time to make sure that it's plugged in. (Craig Allen photo)
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And, Jen runs to the hardware store to get more power cords...as there's more to "light up" this year.

I turn around, and look down the street towards "The Cornershow," and as you can see...

Look closely for Christmas Lights. (Craig Allen photo)
Look closely for Christmas Lights. (Craig Allen photo)
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...there are a few Christmas Lights that are on...but, we'll come back to Bob and Ginni's display in future articles, as they are "just getting started." Their display will grow dramatically in the weeks ahead.

Back at "FedEx Pat's" display...

The work goes on by headlamp. (Craig Allen photo)
The work goes on by headlamp. (Craig Allen photo)
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...Pat is (still) checking the connections, and running more power cords...in the dark.

So....will there be...

"Let There Be Christmas Lights" (Craig Allen photo)
"Let There Be Christmas Lights" (Craig Allen photo)
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Suddenly, it's Christmas in the 'hood.

Ho-Ho-Ho says HI! (Craig Allen photo)
"Ho-Ho-Ho" says HI! (Craig Allen photo)
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Feel the...JOY.

"This is HAPPY."--FedEX Pat (Craig Allen photo)
"This is HAPPY!"--FedEx Pat (Craig Allen photo)
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And see the joy...

"I'm done!" (Craig Allen photo)
"I'm done!" (Craig Allen photo)
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...on FedEx Pat's face upon finishing this yearly "labor of love."

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