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Christmas lights go up around the world

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People on foot and in cars come to look at Christmas lights displays on Dec. 23 in the suburb of Bothasig in Cape Town, South Africa . Residents of some Cape Town neighborhoods are competing to have the most attractive Christmas lighting displays.

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People in cars come to look at displays of Christmas lights on Dec. 23 in the suburb of Bothasig in Cape Town, South Africa. Residents of some Cape Town neighborhoods are competing to have the most attractive Christmas lighting displays.

People all around the world participate in the tradition of decorating their homes, public parks, and streets with holiday lights for the season. Some are more ambitious than others. A guy in Jersey has taken his display on the road by decorating his truck with almost 2,000 lights and a Christmas tree (see for yourself in the video below). The poor economy has caused many to downscale their displays. One creative city in Brazil, made Christmas lights from recycled plastic drinking bottles as a joint project between the city and local garbage recyclers. (Image #5 in our Holiday Lights slideshow).

Check out our Holiday Lights slideshow to see how people decorate all over the world.

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Christmas lights decorate a neighborhood park in northern Bogota, Colombia, late on Dec. 22.

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In this photo made using a long exposure and zooming the lens, hundreds of lights illuminate the home of Norm and Michele Rados in Olmsted Township, Ohio on Dec. 23. Rados said it takes four to five weekends of work to finish his annual holiday display leading up to the Sunday after Thanksgiving.