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This year I added more props I made for the display a couple of new Christmas houses, more trees and arches each area has a diffrent theme. I still have a lot of filling in to do, but should finish on schedule.

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Nice job what are the squiggly lights around the fence for (picture 3)

 

Nice job what are the squiggly lights around the fence for (picture 3)

 

Thanks Daniel!

 

It will look like a river for the deer, polar bears, and moose. It also has twinkling lights wrapped around the blue rope light to make it look like its moving.

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It looks great!  How did you put the trees together?

For the trees I used electrical conduit a 3'' by 10' piece and a 1'2'' by 8' piece for the bottom hoop. 

 

Thanks! Well last night I had to dig out got hit with snow and cold lol... I worked on the river area by the trees and added the animals tonight I will finish that area up.

More pics to come.

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Looks Awsome where did u get the reigndeer nutcrackers ?

 

The 2 big ones I made and got the idea form a member here on PC. The others from Home Depot when they went 70% off. 

 

Its been real cold here, but still making time to get everything done lol... 

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OK finally got more pics of the Christmas display lol..I know it looks like everything's jammed into the yard, but at night looks pretty cool.

Still have a few more things to add to the display and a ton of cords to run hoping to light Thanksgiving night.

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I showed my husband your Santa House because I'm always wanting to display the inside animated items outside ....so he knows a project for next year will be coming....Love Love your set up...especially the walkways of arches.

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I showed my husband your Santa House because I'm always wanting to display the inside animated items outside ....so he knows a project for next year will be coming....Love Love your set up...especially the walkways of arches.

 

Thanks Pumpkin I try to build one every year and switch things out in them each one has a theme to it. 

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Truly, truly amazing!  So much in a small space that you really have to take your time and look at it all or you miss something!  Love it!!

 

 

 

Steve

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