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How One Man's Amazing Christmas Lights Have Spread Joy for 30 Years

Every Christmas, Bruce Mertz brightens the holiday season by covering his house with more than 50,000 lights. He has obsessively added to his dazzling display for decades, creating beautiful, towering fixtures that people travel across the country to see. In this offbeat, heartwarming portrait by filmmaker Nick Palmer, we discover how a kid who grew up on a farm with no electricity became the magical “Mr. Christmas” so cherished by his community.

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