Christmas in America’s front yards
Published: December 20, 2012 06:36PM
Updated: December 20, 2012 06:36PM
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In this Sunday Dec. 9, 2012 photo, Adriana Leiss and her daughters Gabriella and Amelia replace burned out light bulbs on their 1965 Chevy pick-up truck decorated for Christmas at their house, on what is known as "Candy Cane Lane" in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Whether it’s a ’65 Chevy pickup festooned with stars and colored lights on “Candy Cane Lane” in Los Angeles or the row houses on 34th Street in Baltimore, festively transformed to the “Miracle on 34th Street,” Americans go all-out decorating their houses and front yards for the Christmas holiday. Homes in Cary, N.C., and Montgomery Ala., are so populated with radiant Nativity figures, shimmering snowmen and towering Santas, that barely a patch of lawn is visible. In California, a firehouse in San Francisco and a surf shack in San Diego opt for simpler adornments, the natural setting adding to the beauty of the display. Here are some highlights from across the country.