Then it was on to one of the newest owners in La Lagunita, the extended Cosgrove Family, was treated to possibly the best chorus of Christmas carols of the evening. They seemed to be very appreciative as we admired their lights and their beautiful indoor Christmas Tree. After this, the chorus moved on to the McGuire residence where the Norfolk pine on the patio has been glowing gently all season with state-of-the-art LED lights. The tree was flanked by a stork, also decked with LED lights, a Santa hat and a saddle made of shining balls. Refreshments consisted of brownies, champagne and cranberry-grapefruit punch. The judges got chocolate and an extra Santa hat.
The next stop was somewhat subdued as the “crud” that has been going around got there first. We sang a single song and admired the variety of lighting on the trees surrounding the Anders home. Lacking Rudolf, we used some flashlights to guide the way down the fairway to the McCormick home. The backside lighting display was wonderful!! All the balustrades and trees were brightly lit with incandescents in coordinated colors. There were no refreshments or bribes, however, a fact that reflected poorly in the scoring. I don’t think they got the memo.
Our “finale” was at the home of Debbie & Jack. Not only were we invited in for a tour of their magnificent home, we were offered hot chocolate and cookies of several descriptions. Gille turns out to be an excellent pianist and he serenaded us with show tunes as well as Christmas carols.
Now, for what everyone has been waiting for…. drum roll please.
Placing 5th – With a score of 54 out of 150 possible points. Tom & Sally. (Bribes… you gotta do bribes!)
Placing 4th – With a score of 57. Heather & Kim.( Hope Kim is feeling better)
Placing 3rd – With a score of 75. Dale & Lynda. (the incandescents did you in)
Placing 2nd – With a score of 76. Kris & Dick (the Santa hat & the LEDs did the trick!)
Far and away placing 1st!! – Deb & Jack with 79 out of 150!