In households and neighbourhoods throughout the land, elaborate plans are already underway for winter wonderlands of multi-coloured light sequences, lit-from-within inflatable snowmen and a riot of Father Christmasses and attendant reindeer. "Christmas Houses" pays homage to the growing UK phenomenon of yuletide house-bling, capturing the best, the wildest, and the most sophisticated motion-sensitive Santas, light displays, and lit-up grottos from all over the country.
John Hartley, Rob Harris and Samantha Manning have been friends for a couple of decades, since John and Sam played together in a high-school band that has long since been relegated to the dusty back-rooms of Isle of Wight local history. Rob and Sam meet a couple of years later at Winchester School of Art. Now older, and perhaps less prone to glamorous daydreams, John is a practicing artist who also works for the Arts Council, Rob a Garden Designer and landscaper and Sam a visual artist and acupuncturist.