For a book guaranteed to brighten your perspective, try Holiday Lights! Brilliant Displays to Inspire Your Holiday Celebration, by David Seidman. This glittering celebration of holiday light displays across America captures the wonder and whimsy of these annual eye-catching creations. Seidman's text is augmented with photos of holiday night magic, from remote trailers illuminated by a single strand of colored lights to whole city blocks brilliantly alight. These images are visually stunning, but Holiday Lights isn't just a pictorial journey it also includes practical advice on setting up your own displays and taking "ooh and ahh" photos of lights at night. The book ends with a list of the most bedazzling holiday spectacles across the country and information on light suppliers and other resources.

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