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New York’s most extravagant Christmas lights are in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights – where residents spend up to $20,000 on decorations every year

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Most of the elaborate decorations are erected not by homeowners, but by local decorating companies, including B&R Christmas Decorators and Creative Christmas Decorators. Small signs posted on each lawn signify which company was used.

Made famous in the PBS documentary Dyker Lights and seen on TLC’s Crazy Christmas Lights, the glitzy light displays draw more than 100,000 visitors each December.

The tradition began in the Eighties on 84th Street when resident Lucy Spada irritated the neighbors with her garden decorations.

But residents quickly decided that what they couldn’t beat, they would join. Now every year from the week after Thanksgiving to the first weekend in January, an eight-block section on the neighborhood’s south side becomes a glowing winter wonderland, with the corner with 12th Avenue having the highest concentration of festive lights in the area.

Houses display motorized dolls, miniature villages, giant snowman, moving carousels and thousands upon thousands of strung Christmas lights.

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This is how you wrap a Christmas present in just 12 SECONDS

If your annual Christmas wrapping session leaves you covered in screwed up balls of sellotape and torn paper, help is at hand.

A new video showcasing an incredibly fast and simple technique has gone viral – revealing how to wrap a present in just 12 seconds.

Using two pieces of tape, the trick, according to the footage, by YouTube user Todd Tripp filmed at the Takashimaya Department Store in Tokyo, Japan, is to place your gift diagonally in the corner of a sheet of paper, rather than in the middle.

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San Andreas – Official Teaser Trailer [HD]

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.

But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.

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