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    • 5 hours ago, TED said:

      Somehow those didn't post right.  They look like gibberish.  :D



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    • Why do you think its going to piss them off? Do they hate Christmas, do they hate fun? Are your neighbors all GRINCHS?!?! :lol:

      I don't want to be a debbie downer here but...do you think traffic is going to be a problem? Did you have  a large display before that drew traffic? If you had one before, traffic will be relatively the same so no worries there. If its your first year traffic will probably be slow. I had the same thoughts my first year "OMG the neighbors are going to hate all the traffic", but since it was a new show traffic was light (and trust me, I was crushed until I came on here and people told me its to be expected). Its my 4th year now, we have 200 FB followers and have been in the local paper a few times. Traffic still is not crazy, but we have at least a handful of cars on the slow nights and my neighbors have not once complained.

      My advice: do what I did- set it all up and just let it roll, don't need to tell them anything.  If you don't make it a big deal, neither will they. My neighbor across the street called me the first night and said he was sitting in his window, tuned a radio to our FM transmitter station, drinking hot chocolate with his kids and having a blast. The surprise of it happening was half the fun for them and now every year they like to see whats new or what new songs I have added. Deal with complaints if they come in, always be friendly to them and try to see their side.. Also like someone said above "cookies", everyone loves cookies.

      Are you planing to use an FM transmitter or have outside speakers? Outside speakers turned all the way up so your neighbors hear the same songs over and over and over .... that might annoy them. I don't do that so someone who does may have advice for you on that.

    • 1 hour ago, Big J Illinois said:

      Hey Shane, aren't those some cheap LED, battary set up? I have seen those at Menards recently, all beat up,and scratches everywhere

      Yes they are a LED set up, I did away with all that. The ones that my local Menards are from last year and they are all beat up also, they dont have any new molds except the nativity.