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'Tis the season to set a bizarre world record
For some, the holiday spirit manifests itself in very competitive ways

One heck of an electricity bill: A family in Canberra, Australia, earns their second Guinness Book of World Records award for Christmas lights on a residential property, with 502,165 twinkling bulbs on Nov. 24, 2013. The family first earned the honor in 2011 with 331,038 lights, but took last year off because the display takes so much time. | (AP Photo/AAPIMAGE, Alan Porritt)



Speedy Santas: More than 8,000 runners dressed in Santa Claus outfits compete in the Santa Dash in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 2, 2012. The event competes with Las Vegas' Great Santa Run, which gathered an impressive 10,000 participants last year, for the unofficial honor of most Santas in one spot. | (REUTERS/Phil Noble)



Oh, Christmas Tree: Lights dance up the slope of Mount Ingino in Gubbio, Italy, on Dec. 10, 2006. The tree first appeared in 2000, and each year before Christmas, the town recreates its Guinness Book of World Records feat as the world's tallest tree made of lights (1,312 feet). | (Maurizio Rellini/Grand Tour/Corbis)



Don't forget Santa's helpers: Jenny McCarthy and Dean McDermott attend a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for largest gathering of Santa's elves in New York on Dec. 7, 2009. This group boasted 607 elves — surpassing the then-record of 250 — before getting topped last year by a 762-elf gathering in England. | (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)



Sink your teeth into this: Max Huber, a Swiss national executive chef, puts the finishing touches on his chocolate Christmas tree in Bangkok on Dec. 16, 2005. The tree measured more than 17 feet tall and used 440 pounds of chocolate, becoming the world's tallest chocolate Christmas tree. That record has since been topped by Frenchman Patrick Roger, who debuted a 32-foot-tall, 8,000-pound tree in 2010. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)



Ice, ice, baby: People visit a giant Santa Claus ice sculpture, part of the 25th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival at a park in Harbin, China, on Dec. 24, 2008. Organizers claim the work is the world's largest ice sculpture of the jolly fat man, though Guinness hasn't weighed in on that. | (REUTERS/Sheng Li)


Teamwork makes the dream work: More than 850 students gather to break the Guinness Book of World Records' entry for largest human Christmas tree in Bangkok, China, on Nov. 22, 2013. | (REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom)



Can you believe it: Robert L. Ripley, of Believe It Or Not fame, poses beside what was believed to be the largest Christmas card in the world on Dec. 23, 1931. At any rate, it was the largest card to clear Uncle Sam's post office, and was mailed from Santa Claus, Indiana. | (Bettmann/CORBIS)

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