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Christmas on the Farm

New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

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The people across the street sold their home to a retired couple earlier this year. In September, I saw them outside and went over to introduce myself. I asked them if they knew about my Christmas display. They said they used to drive to see it. So, I expected no issues whatsoever.

Fast forward to the weekend before Thanksgiving. I have the lights on the house, trees, garage, and two 14' frame trees up and running. I don't have even half the display up. But, the incandescent glow of 20k lights can be seen from several blocks away. I'm outside fixing a few light strands on a frame tree when I see my neighbor heading across the street. I had a premonition of doom.

Instead, she told me how her brother had passed away this week, and she was having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit *until* she saw my lights out her front window. She said she's leaving the shades open until I take it down after Christmas. She said she may not get her own lights up this year, but she truly appreciated me having mine up.

Now that is why I decorate.

 

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I had a person who lives in my neighborhood stop and thank me for the lights, her son has autism and he loves to stop watch the lights change to the music. Hearing that kind of feed back makes all the effort worth it. 

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That's a great story!

 We had a similar situation except the neighbor developed Parkinson's and couldn't do ladders or roofs anymore. So when everyone was done with their lights we decorated his house for him. We even hooked him up to my show. They finally had to move but it was worth the effort it while they were here.

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19 minutes ago, CraiginPA said:

Instead, she told me how her brother had passed away this week, and she was having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit *until* she saw my lights out her front window. She said she's leaving the shades open until I take it down after Christmas. She said she may not get her own lights up this year, but she truly appreciated me having mine up.

Now that is why I decorate.

 

I can totally relate to this story, only it was my wife who lost her brother and now her dad on Christmas morning. It is our light display that brings a smile to her face in the times of sadness, and I always try to make it better and better each year! I do it for her, and everyone else to lift their spirits, it is truly rewarding when strangers stop by and say as soon as they turn corner and see our house they grin ear to ear.  To all the scrooges-- I say this... Close your blinds, we don't want to look at you anyway~!

On a side not Craig- I would walk right over to her house when she isn't home and do up 1 of her best trees with a ton of lights and leave a note telling her peak outside at 5pm or whenever it's dark... tribute to your loved one awaits. 

The power of light is amazing.  I did this for my wife in my backyard. I decorated just one Japanese Bloodgood Maple which sits next to a bench with her brothers name. We call it "his tree" and its a special moment every year when I light that 1 tree in the back yard.

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On 11/28/2017 at 5:02 PM, diamondkilo said:

On a side not Craig- I would walk right over to her house when she isn't home and do up 1 of her best trees with a ton of lights and leave a note telling her peak outside at 5pm or whenever it's dark... tribute to your loved one awaits. 

If she wasn't across the street (a 4 lane road), I would have already extended my display onto her property. I have my garlands on 70' of one neighbor's fence, and about 3000 lights on the peach trees in the front yard of the other side neighbor. 

As it is, her adult children visited over Thanksgiving, undoubtedly heard she wasn't going to decorate, and apparently dropped by sometime yesterday during the day and put up all her decorations. I was actually considering dropping a spare 10' mega tree, a LOR controller, and an easy-linker over there to surprise her, but seeing that she's now got a battalion of blowmold soldiers out there that she didn't have out last year, there's no space for it.

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4 hours ago, CraiginPA said:

As it is, her adult children visited over Thanksgiving, undoubtedly heard she wasn't going to decorate, and apparently dropped by sometime yesterday during the day and put up all her decorations

Well then that's a good family then. And you are a good neighbor, a mega tree would have been a wonderful surprise!

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