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Enjoy The Holiday Lights In Style

December 15, 2013, 9:55 PM by Brittany Larson

Enjoy The Holiday Lights In Style
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Many families' holiday traditions include a drive around town admiring the hard work of others' in adding a little Christmas cheer to their homes and yards. It's a happy childhood memory for many of us.

"Oh look at this red carpet," Barb Kavanaugh said.

Every year, on a cold December night, this group of friends makes time to create a Christmas memory.

The group all met through their shared love of education, some teachers, one school secretary, some now retired. Even though they spend their days with kids, tonight is all about finding a bit of the child within--only with some grownup perks.

"Ok now we can have the champagne girls," Kavanaugh said.

It's a tradition that's been carried on for more than 20 years.

"It gets you in the mood for Christmas and it's just a nice time to be together, Kavanaugh said."

It's a time to celebrate the holidays with gifts and to find a bit of the wonder of Christmas we all had as children.

"Oh, this one, I like this one, "Kavanaugh said.

From candy canes, to penguins, to snow men, many neighborhoods show off a specific theme.

The vibrant and colorful lights draw people in. But this old tradition is being seen more often in a new light--an LED.

"There are so many options with the LED there's so many different colors and shapes," Target Associate, Julia Brown said.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, traditional incandescent bulbs are expensive to use; while LED lights are expensive to buy. Figure in the cost savings, however: It costs around two-point-four cents per day to light a strand of LED lights, compared to 10-cents a day for incandescent and many say it's worth the investment.

"They are really energy efficient so in the long run they can save people a lot of money. In the beginning, they are a bit of an investment but over time with the amount of hours they last which is much longer than regular lights, it really adds up to being the best choice for people to get," Brown said.

LED lights also run cooler than their incandescent counterparts which means they are less likely to burn fingers, or overheat and cause Christmas tree fires. What they lack in brightness is made up for in selection--purple, for instance, is an LED exclusive.

"They change color… every single year they do something new, Brown said.

Something new to make this Christmas tradition among old friends, a bit brighter.

"We have seen some that are very bright and every tree and every buff is covered with lights so it really shines," Kavanaugh said.

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