6. Shelley Penner
Impress neighbours with log reindeer.
"When we bought and renovated our house on Vancouver's Trinity Street in the summer/fall of 2003, we had no idea about Trinity's reputation for amazing Christmas lights and displays," says designer Shelley Penner. "It only dawned on me when I was putting up our lights outside the first year. I noticed one of the strings of lights I had was no longer working, and within minutes, our neighbour across the street (a.k.a. the Trinity Street Christmas lights organizer) kindly offered a string she was not using to ensure our display was balanced. For the first few years I took on the task of tastefully decorating the outside of our house. I believe it was the second year that I purchased three very cute reindeer made out of tree limbs and branches. Our next-door neighbour, who is always building something, took it upon himself to help the reindeer multiply. So we ended up with about 20 reindeer between our front yards. We then came up with the "deer in the headlights" concept, which this photo doesn't illustrate well. It snowed in Vancouver that year and didn't melt right away. So at night we would turn on what looked like headlights on the deer and they would cast the most wonderful shadows."