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Monday, November 20, 2006
Because Christmas started it:
Last month -- a full 72 days before Christmas -- Luberto began covering the exterior of the 8,500-square-foot house with Christmas lights. He says he has spent $10,000 on lights alone, a purchase that he hopes will cause people "throughout the city, throughout Massachusetts" to take note.
The tens of thousands of lights he has put up so far -- eventually he hopes to have 250,000 -- switch on automatically at 4:30 p.m. and blaze until 1:30 a.m., and he plans to leave them on longer as Christmas approaches.
"I'm living next to Las Vegas," said one neighbor, who asked that her name not be used because there have been several testy disputes with Luberto over his new swimming pool and security lights he installed in his backyard. "We're all at a loss of what we can do. But it's not fun."
Luberto concedes the point.
"People in the back, they don't like it," he shrugs. "Well, too bad. It's Christmas."