Holiday display prompts light-hearted concession

The Detroit News

A Westland family found a creative way to bow out of the annual race for the neighborhood’s best looking holiday display.

About a week ago, Jami Kelly used plywood and a few strings of white lights to form the word “Ditto” with an arrow pointing toward her neighbor’s elaborate holiday display.

“We started doing lights and then we said, ‘You know what, screw it,’ ” said Kelly, 34. “We can’t compare. Nothing measures up.”

Kelly has lived next door for several years to the festive couple, whose display includes reindeer, a large snow globe and a huge bear on the roof. She nicknames them the “Griswolds” after the family in the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

“All my neighbors think it’s hilarious,” said Kelly, who got the idea from other uninspired holiday revelers online.

Even the “Griswolds” gave her a nod for her effort, she said.