'Ditto' Christmas lights draw attention

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After his neighbor completely lined the roof and fence with lights, covered all of the trees and added some lit-up animals, Jeremy Brown, of Medina, Tenn., made a lit sign that says 'DITTO' with an arrow pointed to his neighbor's brightly lit home (Photo: Nichole Manna, The Jackson, Tenn., Sun)


MEDINA, Tenn. (USA TODAY) -- Jeremy Brown and his wife, Sheila, don't always agree on how many Christmas lights they should put up outside.

"One of us likes to have lights and the other doesn't like to put them up," Brown, who lives in Medina, said on Tuesday.

Usually the couple just hangs a modest string of lights around their front door. But this year, Brown, who is the lead pastor at Journey Church, decided to bring a little of his personality into their decorations.

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After their neighbor completely lined the roof and fence with lights, covered all of the trees and added some lit-up animals, Brown did something a little less subtle.

He went into his garage, started hacking away at some plywood, got some white lights and made a lit sign that says "DITTO" with an arrow pointing to his neighbor's brightly lit home.

"When your neighbors put up decorations like that, you can either be jealous, or you can be humorous; it's up to you," he said. "So I just figured when you can combine Christmas decorations and sarcasm, it's right up my alley."

Brown said his neighbor, who decorates every year, thought it was hilarious.

Once word spread around town about Brown's decorations, or lack thereof, people started to visit the small cul-de-sac regularly.

"It's been pretty funny sitting and eating dinner or whatever and watching just a consistent string of people making a circle to take apicture of your sarcasm," he said.

Even in Jackson, Brown's home is known.

"This morning I was in Starbucks and I was talking to a guy I always see in there and he said, 'Hey, man, I saw a picture of your decorations on Facebook,' and he said, 'That's hilarious,' and another guy, total stranger, goes, 'You're not the guy that did the ditto thing, are you?' so I got a kick out of that," Brown said.

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