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Published December 19, 2011, 10:12 PM

Metro homes compete for Griswold Awards

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - With 50 degree days and no snow on the ground, it may not feel like Christmas time in Fargo-Moorhead. But a look down almost any neighborhood street at night-time and you wouldn't question it. And like every year, some have taken it to a whole new level.

With 50 degree days and no snow on the ground, it may not feel like Christmas time in Fargo-Moorhead. But a look down almost any neighborhood street at night-time and you wouldn't question it. And like every year, some have taken it to a whole new level.

They're called the Griswold Awards; an award given out every year by the Forum to the home the best embodies the holiday spirit. We're live near Moorhead High School in front of last year's winner. This family is ready for the competition as they say, they've stepped up their game.

Troy Gilbertson – 2011 Griswold Award Nominee: “The deer of course, that's all brand new. That was about 8-hours in one day to set up. Basically everything but the homemade trees, everything else is new this year.”

Troy Gilbertson's been decorating this home for nearly a decade. His home on Spruce Lane took days to set up and thousands upon thousands of lights. And, if you roll down the window, the whole thing is synced to music.

Troy Gilbertson: “My wife thinks I'm a little crazy, I spend hours out here, I don't know why, I just don't get cold. This year's been phenomenal for weather.”

Across the river in Fargo, a couple neighbors on north 7th street are dueling for best in show.

Cory Mulvaney – 2011 Griswold Award Nominee: “The neighbors and me we go toe and toe and stuff like that. Somebody adds one thing and somebody adds another thing. And it goes back and forth the hole time.”

Just North on Broadway, a 50 year old Santa reminds drivers they better make the nice list.

Rita Nygaard – 2011 Griswold Award Nominee: “My folks had in their yard in Wahpeton, and when they passed I got it. My husband built a cage for it so we could have it outside.”

These houses may not be as over-the-top as the classic Griswold home, but when all is said and done, the hours spent decorating aren't about winning an award.

Troy Gilbertson: “The first night we lit it up, we had about 15 kids come running down the street and thought it was crazy, so it's enjoyment for everyone really.”

Cory Mulvaney: “It's the holiday time; it's more to bring joy for everybody else.”

There are 15 homes nominated. Voting ends Wednesday at noon.

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