Willie Holdman is a photographer/graphic designer/Tahitian Noni Juice peddler (for serious). You can see his photography here. He loves to do a magnificent Christmas display each year because he says he loves "Christmas lights, music, and computers," and because it's another way to celebrate the birth of Christ.
This year's display is estimated to have about 150,000 lights and 7,000 feet of extension cords. Now, you might be wondering how the heck the guy powers all this gear. You greenies will love this, because he uses wind energy. He actually uses the electricity from the power company, and then puts it back on the grid using wind turbines. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Mr. Holdman spends the entire year planning his display, and actually takes a week off of work in November to make sure everything gets set up just so. He is not sure how much money he has spent on his displays, but states that he could have bought a couple of 4 wheelers instead. "Many people buy ATVs, trailers, home theater systems, vacations, etc. Me, I buy Christmas lights."
He uses a small FM transmitter to broadcast his music. So, when you drive up to the house all warm and snugly in your car, simply tune in to 99.9 FM and gaze at the beauty before you with shock and awe.
For directions to the Holdman Christmas Light display, click here. The Holdmans have actually had to move their display to Lindon, Utah this year because the community they lived in in Pleasant Grove voted to keep their gate shut. Grinches. So don't go to Pleasant Grove and blame me, okay?
If Lindon is too far for you to drive to, if you're a couch potato, or if you're worried about getting flipped off because you're blocking the soccer mom with the mini-van full of Sunbeams, you can always watch the videos on my high quality blog, YouTube, or the Holdman Christmas video site (recommended) which you can reach by clicking here.
Oh, and one last very important thing. There is etiquette for driving by the Holdman home: Don't block driveways or other cars, if you have a loud engine don't let it sit and idle, do not honk your horn, and keep your Hire's Big H wrappers inside the vehicle at all times.
I hope to make it to the display this year. Heck, I've never even been there and it's already made it to Favorite Places Tuesday on a Wednesday. You're gonna like the way it looks, I guarantee it.
Oh, and uh, Merry flippin' Christmas.