Their quest – which basically fell straight out of the film, Deck the Halls, in which Danny DeVito competes with his new neighbour to cover his home in lights, started in 2001. (Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

See How Couple Annoys Neighbour With Christmas Lights

Christmas lights decorations is synonymous to Christmas as it signify the yuletide season but it sound strange to see couple annoying their neighbour with Christmas lights.

According to metro.co.uk, Michael and Lyn Farnes have spent around £10,000 in the last 16 years on 20,000 Christmas lights and electricity bills in a bid to turn the front of their home in Hove, East Sussex, into a winter wonderland.

Their quest – which basically fell straight out of the film, Deck the Halls, in which Danny DeVito competes with his new neighbour to cover his home in lights, started in 2001.

But over time this has seen them raise thousand of pounds for charity each year, Mrs Farnes said.

Family cover house with Christmas lights just to annoy their neighbourLyn Farnes with her daughter Roni-Jo outside their home in Hove (Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

The 53-year-old said: ‘It all started with us putting up some icicle lights. Our former next-door neighbour had a little moan about it.

‘So the next year Michael put a few more lights up than before as a joke to wind him up and it carried on from there. I think he didn’t mind them in the end and found it funny.

‘I’ve seen the film Deck The Halls, I suppose it’s a bit like that.’

Family cover house with Christmas lights just to annoy their neighbour

Family cover house with Christmas lights just to annoy their neighbour

Every year they turn their home in Hove, East Sussex, into a winter wonderland. (Picture: Gareth Fuller/ PA Wire)

Mr Farnes, 55, said he now starts planning his displays in January when he assesses if any repairs were needed on the previous year’s lights and models.

Then he spends months planning his theme for the forthcoming year, making a lot of pieces by hand.

This year includes a herd of reindeer.

In October he starts to put together the display, which takes about 50 hours over a month.

The couple juggle this around their full-time jobs at Sainsbury’s and looking after their three children. The youngest, Roni-Jo, who is nine, is known at her school as the girl who lives in the Christmas house.

 

Mr Farnes then finally tests every detail before the much-anticipated launch at the end of the school day on December 1.

This year he spent around £1,500 on new lights and created a North Pole scene complete with polar bears, penguins and an icy waterfall.

The latest display is accompanied by returning favourites including more than 60 Santas and snowmen, eight Christmas trees, as well as a sleigh and wishing well. Festive music is played on a loop.

Come 4pm each day, visitors begin to walk or drive past the house, and there are now even coach tours to the street. The lights are on until 9pm.

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