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Sailor makes elaborate Christmas light show for father

December 9, 2011 |  5:00 am

Christmas holiday light displays seem to get more elaborate every year, but one Navy sailor in San Diego County may have everyone beat.

Michael Balasz of Santee has spent hundreds of hours placing 21,000 Christmas lights in his yard in synchronization with a song as a way to show holiday spirit.

Every minute of the song has taken Balasz six to eight hours to program.

"I have to tell every 112 channels when to turn on, when to turn off, fade, whatever. I have to tell it every second of every song. That's why it takes so long. So too much egg nog, or just enough," said Balazs.

However, the Navy petty officer loves the response he gets from his neighbors on Roe Drive.

"I like all of it. I like how bright it is. We haven't had anything like that, so it's nice to see all the bright lights. It's better than ours," said Suzie Seaboch.

He said he did all of this for his dad – and believes the lights are reaching to heaven.

"If he was standing here right next to me, he'd be very happy. Christmas was his season. He just loved it, and I just remember he lit our house bright. When he passed away, I knew that's what I had to do," said Balazs.

The synchronized light show is similar to a Halloween light show in Riverside, where Kevin Judd's "Party Rock Anthem" house became a viral hit on YouTube. The video racked up more than 8 million hits, was featured in a Kia commercial and captured the attention of the band LMFAO, who visited the house to see the light show synchronized to their hit song.


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