Christmas lights are just a part of Christmas! And a man in New Jersey takes it to the extreme.
According to CBS News:
Every December for the past 15 years, the Apruzzis have decorated their house with tens of thousands of dazzling lights.
It's a tradition like no other for Tom Apruzzi. The Christmas holiday is his time to shine. "I just love Christmas," Apruzzi told CBS News correspondent Don Dahler.
However, because the lights attract so many tourists, the city is trying to fine him.
Apruzzi has paid nearly $150,000 to put on these lights over a decade. But the price of spreading joy is skyrocketing, and the homeowners are facing fines. The lights don't just hike the electricity bill. City officials said the Apruzzis must pay a $3,000 fine every night he set up a light show for visitors.
"They want me to pay for the police, they also want me to pay for shuttle service from a private parking lot and bus people in that they want me to pay for… and I'm not doing it," Apruzzi said. He said some of his neighbors like it, some don't.
The Appruzzis plan to pay for the first couple of light shows out of pocket. A GoFundMe page was launched to help pay for the fines. Even if the family doesn't reach their $75,000 fundraising goal, Appruzzi said the show will still go on — kicking off this Saturday.
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