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In Oberhausen, a house is full of Christmas lights. The owners have decorated their entire property.

Oberhausen – The Santa Claus costume is ready – and 55,000 lights are installed on and in the “Christmas House”: This Friday Dirk van Acken from Oberhausen and his wife Barbara start their Christmas season this year.

A Santa Claus is also in front of the house. © Roland Weihrauch/dpa

Every year in the run-up to Christmas, the couple decorate their house with countless chains of lights, glowing snowmen and little angels, while playing Christmas music on a continuous loop.

25 to 30 guests are expected at the season opener on Friday, as van Acken said.

The fact that electricity has become significantly more expensive does not deter the 44-year-old geriatric nurse. “Every year we are approached by so many people who want to come by. There’s also an obligation. We’ll keep going.”

Despite the energy crisis: These Christmas houses are lit again
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Despite the energy crisis: These Christmas houses are lit again

In return, they lived frugally all year round, he said.

In addition, this year the lights, which usually go on at 5 a.m., will only be switched on in the afternoon. And in the evenings, the lighting should end sooner – not just after midnight.

In recent years, the house was so brightly lit that you could see it from afar in the evening. “Last year we had over 50,000 lights,” says van Acken.

“This year it’s 55,000 or even a little more.” The couple even had the power grid in their house upgraded for all the lamps.

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