A Fight Christmas

Crowds come from miles around to Scottsdale, Ariz., to see Chris Birkett's Christmas decorations.

His house is decked with 150,000 sparkling lights, three snow machines, four bubble machines and holiday music, all choreographed in a computer-synchronized performance.

However, not everyone thinks snow, Santa and surround sound belong in the middle of the desert.

Birkett's neighbors, Alicia and Barry Majercin, have filed a complaint with the police.

Officer Sam Bailey joined Chris Birkett on The Early Show to outline the complaint. "They were concerned not so much with the display itself as the audio that accompanies the display and that was, they felt, loud enough to keep the children from sleeping when they tried to put them down at 7:30 or 8:00 in the evening."

Birkett's display remains open until 10 p.m. He says he has gone out of his way to accommodate the Majercins.

He says he has erected a giant sound wall that is so effective that noise from his yard can't even be detected next door with a sound meter.

The Majercins' complaint triggered an onslaught of media coverage from as far away as Russia, inspiring even greater crowds to come see the display.

The Early Show tried to contact the Majercins but they have apparently left their house temporarily due to the noise, the light and the traffic.

Officer Bailey says their current complaint is being reviewed by the city prosecutor's office. He hopes the matter can be mediated, noting that this approach hasn't worked so far.
  • Chris Hawke

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