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Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM.

PANAMA CITY — One of a dozen or more Santa Clauses welcomes guests to the home of Freddy Brown and Sunny Cox with a “ho ho ho” and song.

Brown’s home has been selected as the winner of the Shining Lights contest for the best Christmas decorations. The roof, lawn and the flagpole are adorned with lights and figurines, including those dozen Santas, at least 10 snowmen and countless candy canes.

>>See a map to all the entries here.

Brown learned he’d won the contest, and then he won a DVD player in a drawing at work, and scratch off ticket given to him as a gift turned out to be a winner. Cox rubbed up against him, as if to capture some of his good fortune.

“So rub all over me,” he said. “It might change tomorrow.”

To call the victory ‘lucky’ is to downplay the effort Brown and Cox—who are, by the way, a couple that finishes each other’s sentences—put into their display. They don’t keep track of the costs of their decorations, which must be considerable. Brown tried to guesstimate.

“It’s probably, uh—“

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