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Lighted decorations, including a trumpeting angel, made the house at 511 W. Locust Ave. Lompoc’s Sweepstakes winner in the city’s annual Holiday Decoration Contest. //Len Wood/Staff Len Wood

What electric bill?

It’s not that Charles and Cheryl Signorelli didn’t know that electric rates are rising in Lompoc, it’s just that some things are more important.

Like decorating your house for Christmas.

The Signorellis, 511 W. Locust Ave., are the sweepstakes winners in the 14th annual Holiday Decoration Contest, sponsored by the Lompoc Parks and Rec department.

Cheryl gives her husband most of the credit. He’s so enthusiastic about decorating the house at Christmas time that he’s affectionately known in the neighborhood as “Griswold,” after the hero of the 1989 movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” she said.

They chose “Winter Wonderland” as their theme this year. It’s traditional, with lots of red. The front yard is a forest of lighted Christmas trees, the house with its wrap-around porch shows off lots of lighted wreaths — and everything is dancing in perfect time to music piped in through a local radio station.

Cheryl didn’t discount the possibility that a faltering economy might have given them a subliminal boost this year — not that they needed one, judging by their decorations for the past several years.

“I think we’re kind of coming out of that slump, that negative feeling. We just want to bring that spirit back,” she said.

And that power bill?

“I don’t know what it’s going to be this year,” she said. “I’m thinking it might be kind of scary.”

Many homes have music and some have their own radio station to broadcast to passing cars, according to the city. For more information, call Diane Najera at 875-8034.

The 2009 contest winners were chosen by the city

Beautification and Appearance Commission. The addresses are:

Sweepstakes Winner ($50)

511 W. Locust Ave. — Winter Wonderland

Residential Winners ($25)

1525 Orchid St. — Peace on Earth

717 W. Ocean Ave. —  Christmas Fantasyland

118 North O St. — Winter Wonderland

421 South E St. — Season’s Greetings

1617 W. Cherry Ave. — Candy Cane Lane

1317 Jodi Drive — Noel

805 W. Date Ave. — Countdown to Christmas

1036 N. Poppy St. — Toyland

812 W. Pine St. — Tannebaum

1041 N. Poppy St. — Nutcracker Suite

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Business Award Winner ($25)

Southside Coffee Company, 105 South H St.

Residential Honorable Mentions

Continental Trailer Park, 816 North H St. — numerous homes

810 E. Almond Ave.

1012 N. Daisy St.

1009 North Daisy St.

808 Canfield St.

Business Honorable


Sue’s Place, 101 North H St.

Better Beds, 201 W. Ocean Ave.

Ace Hardware, 1040 North H St.