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Clay man tunes light display to music

The display includes more than 20,000 lights. The Christmas trees and bulbs in the trees are all homemade and the sequence the lights take as music is playing is all hand-programmed.

The display includes more than 20,000 lights. The Christmas trees and bulbs in the trees are all homemade and the sequence the lights take as music is playing is all hand-programmed. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— For the majority of the 16 years Chris and Christine Hussak have lived in their home, there have not been any Christmas lights hanging from the house come holiday time.

“One year, I hung lights on the gutter and my hands were cold and cut up,” Chris Hussak said. “I was like, ‘I’m never doing this again.’"

That’s a stark contrast from the more than 20,000 lights that adorn their Carmel Drive front yard this year.

“I got the bug and since then, I keep growing each year,” he said. “Now my wife is like, ‘this is insane, you have got to stop.’ But it doesn’t stop.”

Hussak has set the display, which includes a Weber spiral tree, to music using 48 channels to program the display. Visitors can tune into a radio station and watch as the lights blink, flash and spiral their way through three traditional Christmas songs (albeit the techno version), “Sandstorm,” a Finnish techno song, and “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQUjkPt3qF0

Let us put you on the map

Let Eagle Newspapers light your way this holiday season. We’ve created an interactive Google map with reader-submitted holiday light displays. Head to bit.ly/cnylights (all lower case) for the map, and to add your own light displays, too. Email a photo of your display to aseef@eaglenewson..., and we’ll add it to the map.

If you have a Google account, you can add yourself to the map by typing in your address and clicking “Save to Map.” If you’re having trouble adding yourself, or don’t have a Google account, contact Amanda Seef at aseef@eaglenewson... or 434-8889 ext. 334 and she can add you to the list.

“This is one of those hobbies where you really have to have the ambition and mental illness to come out in the cold and hang these things,” Hussak said.

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