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Family: Joseph and Pam DiRe, and pooches Dido
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Family: Joseph and Pam DiRe, and pooches Dido and Bucca
991 Second Ave., Franklin Square

Light brigade: The DiRes said they keep adding Christmas lights ?until there are no more left in the store? ? and we believe them. Their two-story home is coated from top to bottom this year with about 25,000 lights. Other illuminated items include a flock of reindeer, gift boxes and snowmen.

Joseph DiRe said he first decorated the house about 20 years ago when his children were small, and ?it just started escalating over the years.? The tradition, he joked, ?will continue as long as I can get up and down the ladder.?

The DiRes have gone greener over the years, converting about half their display to LED lights in recent years to reduce energy usage. (Dec. 11, 2011) (Credit: Nancy Borowick)

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