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Americans light up their front yards in Christmas glory

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Adriana Leiss and her daughters Gabriella and Amelia replace burned out light bulbs on their 1965 Chevy pick-up truck decorated for Christmas at their house, on what is known as "Candy Cane Lane" in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.

Whether it's a '65 Chevy pickup festooned with stars and colored lights on "Candy Cane Lane" in Los Angeles or the row houses on 34th Street in Baltimore, festively transformed into the "Miracle on 34th Street," Americans go all-out decorating their houses and front yards for the Christmas holiday.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Photos for this blog post were shot by Associated Press photographers throughout December, and made available to NBC News today.

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Unable to compete with her neighbor, Eric Cyr, Kristina Green opted to decorate her home, left, with a 450-light "Ditto" sign and an arrow pointing to Cyr's 20,000-light Christmas display in Maricopa, Ariz.

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A woman walks along Natal Circle viewing Christmas lights in Gilbert, Ariz.

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Christmas lights and ornaments adorn a house on Castro Street in San Francisco.

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Ornaments made from Old Bay seasoning containers decorate a home on 34th Street in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Residents on the block decorate their rowhouses with over-the-top lights and decorations in the annual tradition known locally as the "Miracle on 34th Street."

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Colorful Christmas figures fill the yard of Michael Goldsmith who passed away this year of cancer in Montgomery, Ala. Goldsmith had decorated his home and yard for over thirty years before death, and this year, his friends memorialized him by continuing the lighting display at his house.

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Various holiday figures and colored lights fill the yard of a home on Hawks Nest Court in Cary, N.C.

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Photo holiday lights from a bridge are reflected in the canal waters in the Venice section of Los Angeles.

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As temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, take a look at beautiful light displays from around the globe.

Boaters show off their bright and festive holiday designs in Newport Beach, California, during a Christmas boat parade. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.