I wasn't far enough back to get the total garish effect. Trust me, there are lots more lights on the outside of the house. The funny looking things in the window are Elcie's trophies from her o.h. games each year. Each child gets one. She started when she was 3; her last one was 5th grade. I think she has eight trophies altogether but we moved a few to put the tree up.
I'm feeling much more spirited. Tasha, her friend, and the girls put in a lot of work on the tree and the lights. I cropped out the rest of the living room - you don't need to see the empty boxes. Tomorrow is soon enough to make a little order out of the chaos.