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Bel Air Christmas decorations synchronized to 'Call Me Maybe'

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Hey, it's Christmas, and this is crazy, but there's this house in Bel Air, so visit it maybe.

For the past few years, Bel Air's Jim Kurtz has been rigging the Christmas decorations on his home at 1205 Corinthian Court to not only play more established holiday music, but also a different pop song every year.

This year, the lights and a tree on his front yard blink and twirl along to Carly Rae Jepsen's hit song, "Call Me Maybe."

The spectacle happens when viewers tune in to radio station 107.1, which is programmed to play the songs to the beat of the Christmas lights, as regulated by Kurtz.

"It sounds kind of corny, but when you are a kid, you are just driving looking at lights," Kurtz explained about the decorations. "To me, this is just taking it to the next level, when you can have a lot of lights and make it beat to the music."

He said he hopes to attract a younger audience to his home, as he has two children now ages 20 and 25.

"Young people like something non-traditional," he said.

Kurtz joined a "whole community of people throughout the country" who help each other time such songs to their decorations, a fairly complex process.

Kurtz said it took him about a day to tweak the file.

"It's a passion. You've got to really love it," he said. "I'm a computer guy, an IT geek."

He has no plans to stop next Christmas, either.

"I'm pretty much maxed out on my front lawn," Kurtz said about the decorations. "Next year, I've got some ideas on how to go bigger."

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