Sacramento’s Levy family’s 2021 holiday light display. Photo courtesy of Coleman Communications.

“I am the kind of person who refuses to let obstacles like being legally blind stand in the way of me doing something.”

By Michael P Coleman

I am not a sore loser.

If you know me well, you’re at least chuckling right now, because you know that I am a VERY sore loser. It’s a fact that I’m not particularly proud of, and one that had been all worked up Sunday night after the season premiere of The Great Christmas Light Fight.

And my home wasn’t even one of the ones competing for the $50,000 cash prize.

If you’re not familiar with The Great Christmas Light Fight, the ABC series spotlights homeowners who go over and above, and often over the top, with their seasonal holiday decorations. This year, for the first time, competitors face off in their home states, resulting in a statewide champion being named at the end of each episode.

After having whittled down hundreds of entries, Sunday night’s premiere pitted just four Californians against each other for the cash windfall and bragging rights. One of the them was Sacramento resident Tony Levy.

His home’s stunning light display should have won last weekend, hands down, but he was robbed by a family that presented decorations that looked more like an Easter one that a Yuletide display.

Read freelance writer MPC’s full feature, see pics of the Sacramento home that SHOULD HAVE WON last weekend’s competition, and hear from the homeowner who has to push past physical challenges to brighten up his neighborhood every Christmas.

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Michael P Coleman is a Sacramento based freelance writer who has his eye on the Pulitzer Prize.  Connect with him at or  follow his blog, his IG and his Twitter


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