Every holiday season, Christmas-enthusiast Brandon Gress transforms his New Jersey home into the Gress House Holiday Lights Spectacular, providing a beacon of Christmas cheer for the whole neighborhood!
“There can never be enough Christmas. I would 10,000% say Christmas is my favorite holiday,” says Gress, who claims that the process for putting up his lights takes about two to two-and-a-half months. “We’ll start all of our trees and bushes right around Halloween,” he says.
It doesn’t take long to see that Gress is passionate about Christmas. No matter the conditions outside, nothing can stop Gress from making his decoration dreams a reality. “It’s crazy. Being out there in September trying to unstring lights in the rain, the wind, the snow,” he says.
Gress may be the local leader of spreading holiday joy, but there’s nothing jolly about his approach to making it happen. “I am the perfectionist, the creative director, of the holiday light display,” says Gress. “I like things done the way I like things done. I’m sure it’s a little overbearing, but somehow it all gets done, and my friends and family still love me when it’s over.”
Gress’s intensity pays off, and the Gress House Holiday Lights Spectacular is a sight to behold. In fact, Gress’s house has so many lights, that he’s begun to lose track over how many he uses each year. “Back in about 2013, we had 250,000 lights on the house. From that year on I’ve lost track,” he says.
Gress says he was about 2 or 3 years old when he realized that Christmas was his favorite holiday. And it was around that age when he fell in love with the wonderful lights that caused his favorite holiday to shine. “There was a home not too far away from our house that used to do it to such a grand scale,” he says.
With his annual Spectacular, Gress and his house are sure to inspire the next generation of Christmas light enthusiasts!
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