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The Boston Globe


Yvonne Abraham

The nightmare long before Christmas

REVERE — At first, I thought it was a migraine coming on.

There, on a hill overlooking Route 145 in Revere, was a seizure-inducing mass of flashing lights. Sometimes candy does this to me. But Halloween was just a couple of days earlier, and I’d barely gotten halfway through my kid’s goody-bag. I looked again. There was no mistaking it: The house on Hillside Avenue was getting its Christmas on. In the first week of November.

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