The Thanksgiving decorations are coming down in a lot of area homes, replaced by elaborate Christmas lights and displays.
Firefighters say it's important to check all the lights and light cords for exposed wire. It's also important not to overload an electric socket with too many lights.
Homeowners say the key to a great display is making it personal for the family.
Jean Oliver says, "I guess it's something that fits your family. We've had 'peanuts' as a family favorite for many years. We're kind of stuck on it, so use any childhood memory or something that everyone relates too."
Decorators say you should make sure there are no broken bulbs, because they could be a fire hazard.
Using an electric timer is a good way to keep utility costs low, because huge displays don't have to be lit up all night long.
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