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12/24/12 Happy holidays from the Daily Herald
By Teresa Schmedding - This year, we decided to share the holiday spirit with you in song. Some of the lyrics may seem a bit lighthearted, but the message of service and community commitment is heartfelt. We apologize in advance for our singing voices (we are print... FULL STORY
12/10/12 Voting is open in holiday lights contest
By Teresa Schmedding - Traditional or modern? White or multicolored? Now's your chance to voice your preference by helping to pick the winner in our annual holiday lights contest. Voting opens today and runs through midnight Dec. 16. FULL STORY
12/09/12 Holiday lights contest deadline is midnight tonight
By Teresa Schmedding - Traditional or modern? White or multicolored? Blinking, chasing or constatly lit? It doesn't matter what your preference, we want to see your holiday lights. The deadline to enter the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest is midnight tonight. FULL STORY
12/08/12 History of Christmas lights
By Teresa Schmedding - Do you know when the first Christmas tree was adorned with lights? Or when blinking lights were invented? Here are some random Chrsitmas lights facts to chew on while we remind you about the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest. FULL STORY
12/07/12 Holiday lights flashback: 2010 winner
By Teresa Schmedding - The Kyprianidis family is no stranger to winning holiday lights contests. In 2010, the family won the Daily Herald holiday lights contest. In previous years, their display has been features on ABC 7, Fox News and a trolley tour in Elk Grove Village. FULL STORY
12/06/12 Safety first when it comes to holiday lights
By Teresa Schmedding - Roughly 12,500 people are treated for injuries sustained while hanging holiday lights or decorating Christmas trees, whether real or fake. Christmas trees are involved in about 300 fires annually, resulting in an average of more than $10 million in... FULL STORY
12/05/12 LED lights v. regular holiday lights
By Teresa Schmedding - If you're interested in keeping down your electricity costs this year, you might try LED lights. In addition, LED lights last longer and are safer than traditional lights. FULL STORY
12/04/12 70 degrees makes it tough to muster up Christmas spirit
By Teresa Schmedding - This week's warm temperatures are making it tough to get into the Christmas spirit. The 70-degree warmth prompted people to venture out in shorts and shirt sleeves instead of coats and hats -- and makes it a bit easier to get those holiday... FULL STORY
12/03/12 Holiday lights flashback: 2009 winner
By Teresa Schmedding - An amazing 30,000-light display synched with holiday music was the key to Nicholas Miele winning the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest in 2009. "I've always been a very creative person," said the Batavia resident, who was 18 at the time. "And I... FULL STORY
11/30/12 Holiday lights flashback: 2008 winner
By Teresa Schmedding - About 7,000 lights and a yard full of reindeer and candy canes helped Tom Johnson of Streamwood win the Daily Herald holiday lights contest in 2008. Johnson invested nearly 500 hours in building his display with artistry and detail. Do you have what... FULL STORY
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