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The lights we put up each year during Christmas can be a way to point others to the true light of the world. A family from Australia is doing their part by reclaiming a world record by stringing up over 500,000 twinkling Christmas bulbs. Guinness World Records officials confirmed that the Richards family from Canberra had set the record by putting half a million lights on their residential property. The family first entered the world record book when they put over 330,000 lights on their home in 2011, but where beaten the following year by a family from New York. David Richards said the local power company was donating the estimated $2,300 in electricity to light the display which includes more than 31 miles of wire. The family says they will open the display to the public to raise money for charity during the Christmas season. Richards says he would be willing to add more lights, but that would require a generator because the house supply of electricity could barely keep up with the current display. He added, “I have always loved Christmas. Having the Christmas lights with the community coming in and sharing it is a time when you get to know people you probably should know better, I guess.”— Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

Australian family sets new world record with over half a million Christmas lights,, Accessed November 24, 2013.

Philippians 2:15 (NKJV) that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

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