Lights draped over the roof? Check.
Inflatable snowman fully pumped up in the front yard? Check.
Toy soldiers lining the driveway? Check.
Christmas tunes programmed for musical accompaniment? Check.
Great photo taken for the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest? Well ...
We know you're not a professional, so we've enlisted one of our experts, night photo editor Patrick Kunzer, to teach you how to capture your house in lights.
Watch the video tutorial and give it your best shot.
Then, upload your photo at www.dailyherald.com/contests/holidaylights.
Our contest, co-sponsored by Wintrust Community Banks, offers a top prize of a Toro snowblower valued at $830. The winner will be determined by online votes.
Five Editor's Choice winners also will be named, and each will receive a $25 dining certificate.
The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. Dec. 11, and voting will run Dec. 12-16. We'll announce the winners in the Dec. 20 editions.