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Wow this strayed a bit. My biggest funny is hearing from a car the kids yelling one more song. They had been there over an hour

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A mother thanked me for all my hard work and then went on and on about me taking the time to dress up as Santa night after night and stand in the window......Virtual Santa..

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10 hours ago, The Inflatable King Of Ohio said:

My display consists of 78 inflatables, about 3,700 lights and a few blow molds. I spent 5 days putting it up with no help at all. I have a variety of things out like lights, inflatables, blow molds, and those pre lit characters. 

That's a lot of inflatables, but I applaud you for getting it up in 5 days! I'm sure the kids absolutely love your display

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7 hours ago, mwalz said:

That's a lot of inflatables, but I applaud you for getting it up in 5 days! I'm sure the kids absolutely love your display

Thanks! They do like it! There was this truck that slowed down and stopped. He got out of the truck and I said "Uh Oh." Then he got out his phone and took some pictures. Then he got back in his truck and drove off. The first day I had 11 up and there were 4 cars that took pictures and 5 other cars slowed down. Last year it looked really tacky at night and this year you can actually make out what the inflatables are at night. Plus the lights gives you something else to look at and they add an "eye catcher" at night. You can see it a little ways down the road too.

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Not sure if this fits in with the topic but it seems to. We live in a city, typical urban street with detached and semi-attached houses on 20-60 foot wide lots so you don't have a lot of room for big displays. But I've always put up what I consider a lot of decorations. As time went by and I got older I started thinking why bother, it's a lot of work and does the rest of the family even care? Yes, I would get some compliments from people passing by and small kids seem to be mesmerized by it but not enough to make me feel it was worthwhile. So I started thinking of cutting back and maybe even stopping all together. I should mention here that we have an awning over our stoop and a trellis in our small front yard and they are decorated with at least a few strings of holiday or seasonal lights all year long. One cold night I am out there putting up the Christmas lights thinking to myself this is it, the last year, when an elderly woman with a walker passed by. She said, I always love looking at your lights, they are so nice to look at, they make me feel good. I asked her where she lived on the block. She said she did not live on my block she lived on the next block over from my street. Now this woman could barely walk so I asked how could she see my lights "all the time"? She pointed over to a tall apartment house on the next block and said, I live up there, on the top floor, I can look down and always see them from my window.

Well, I have cut back over the years but I still always put out something and all year long. If for no one else I do it for her because I know she is looking down from somewhere and still enjoying the lights.

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1 hour ago, bbskip said:

Not sure if this fits in with the topic but it seems to. We live in a city, typical urban street with detached and semi-attached houses on 20-60 foot wide lots so you don't have a lot of room for big displays. But I've always put up what I consider a lot of decorations. As time went by and I got older I started thinking why bother, it's a lot of work and does the rest of the family even care? Yes, I would get some compliments from people passing by and small kids seem to be mesmerized by it but not enough to make me feel it was worthwhile. So I started thinking of cutting back and maybe even stopping all together. I should mention here that we have an awning over our stoop and a trellis in our small front yard and they are decorated with at least a few strings of holiday or seasonal lights all year long. One cold night I am out there putting up the Christmas lights thinking to myself this is it, the last year, when an elderly woman with a walker passed by. She said, I always love looking at your lights, they are so nice to look at, they make me feel good. I asked her where she lived on the block. She said she did not live on my block she lived on the next block over from my street. Now this woman could barely walk so I asked how could she see my lights "all the time"? She pointed over to a tall apartment house on the next block and said, I live up there, on the top floor, I can look down and always see them from my window.

Well, I have cut back over the years but I still always put out something and all year long. If for no one else I do it for her because I know she is looking down from somewhere and still enjoying the lights.

stupid onions!  why am I cutting onions?  

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On 12/7/2017 at 5:33 AM, Bill V said:

dress up as Santa night after night and stand in the window......Virtual Santa..

Lol...that is funny!  We did a community open house a couple years back and didn't put up virtual Santa until after.  I got so many questions about why it wasn't up and running in the window yet.  I couldn't dissapoint all those little kids who thought he was real!

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About 5 years ago ,in the first week on November I had just finished putting c6 red lights on my Pindo Plams, when a lady stopped by and ask me " what kind of palms are those?" I said "those are Pindo Palms" her remark was " well, I have Pindo Palms in my yard and they don't have the little red berries on them like yours"  I said " I know, mine are special" as I turned and walked into the house.

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EWTalley, as I bundle up, layer after layer, to go outside and pass out candy canes to the passersby...I'm really jealous of you right now!

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Well the weather is turning bad this weekend (50's), but it will warm up some next week. Slankard sorry you have the bad weather , but some of my best days were spent in Minnesota (64-66) when they had their worst winter in history and in the Great Lakes area (Glenview, Ill. 66-73) 1st year, their worst winter in history. Moved to New Orleans area in 1973, was out mowing my yard on New Years Day. 

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Sometimes I fell like scaling back, just because it gets somewhat stressful, but every passer by especially the kids really enjoy it. There's list old lady who lives down the street. I saw her come up one time during the day when I was outside working on stuff. She said she really likes it. She also a came up at halloween in her wheelchair. Similar to what bbskip said, If anything I do it for that lady and the kids who enjoy it.

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1 hour ago, mwalz said:

Sometimes I fell like scaling back, just because it gets somewhat stressful, but every passer by especially the kids really enjoy it. There's list old lady who lives down the street. I saw her come up one time during the day when I was outside working on stuff. She said she really likes it. She also a came up at halloween in her wheelchair. Similar to what bbskip said, If anything I do it for that lady and the kids who enjoy it.

Wow! Pretty nice display. Must be a lot of work, I think you could scale back a little without too many people noticing (LOL). But according to your web site it looks like you are adding lights every year.

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23 hours ago, bbskip said:

Wow! Pretty nice display. Must be a lot of work, I think you could scale back a little without too many people noticing (LOL). But according to your web site it looks like you are adding lights every year.

Thank you! It's a ton of work but I love it. Yea I probably could. Next year I'm going to focus on more lights and smaller scenes because I am out of storage space. Adding some more for the LOR part of the display. I have no more room to add anything more so time to be creative!

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Ditto to almost every comment on here as to the funny stuff people say about our show. One evening,as I was outside talking to my neighbors, one of them suddenly looked at me with a surprised look  and asked who was in the window and dressed as Santa--they assumed it was me--every night!

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Yeah, they are just lovely especially during the daytime, I should take a pic. of one in my neighborhood the entire lawn cluttered with dead blow ups!  Our display is elegant and every item placed precisely. And it's so easy to clutter everything in the front of a house try doing all 4 sides some time. And try doing it all in 85/90 degrees, when you are in your 70's or 80 years old!  Well we get 2,000+ vehicles plus walkers and bike riders and loads of praise so we'll just keep at it as long as we are able, and no junk on our lawn. And ours is in our local paper every year, we won 1st. prize so it seems we are doing it right.  Not trying to insult anyone just stating a fact is all.

Often it's not what you say but HOW you said it that matters most.
Each person displays differently for different reasons. I have a toddler so my display includes a cartoonish looking slide show and some of those "cheesy" blow-ups" you seem to hate. I'm decorating to make Christmas fun and amusing for little kids, not seniors or newspaper reporters.

So each person has a motive and a focus for what they display and how. While your display looks tidy and pleasant, it may or may not hold a small child's interest for long. So some of us decorate to show Christmas to the children. After all, some folks have already enjoyed 70 or 80 Christmases, right? I'm not trying to impress or amuse those folks.


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Well we're doing just great with the kids, they are loving it especially the train and the laser light sending down colored spots all over the cul de sac and street,  plus loads of other things to delight the kids, but I still like to keep Christ in Christ-mas after all he is the reason for the season, so we have our new giant Nativity and a smaller one next to our church on the front lawn. I just don't appreciate clutter or chaos and things that do not belong together in a mess so to speak! and driving around we've seen quite a few messes.  I was not talking about anyone in particular here, but in videos, I've seen some unbelievable disasters. IMO

 

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I agree with both @Aputernut and @The Inflatable King Of Ohio. I like traditional displays with nativities, as well as the ones with lots of inflatables and blow molds. The only ones I don't like are the ones were the inflatables and blow molds are so dense you can't tell one from another. :o

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I've yet to see a display that I don't like. One set of lights is all it takes to help light the neighborhood. Taking the effort to hang lights, set up blow molds, or plug in inflatables or even display mosquito lights. I love it all. And for the seriously addicted, I know what it takes and costs and how many extension cords you have. From the bottom of my heart, I love it all. 

 

The most common question I get is "how many lights do you have", and honestly I am not sure. The next question is the one about the power bill.

 

We have had to really cut back the display this year due to Santa's helper (me) getting sidelined with a shoulder injury. But next year . .  .

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...The next question is the one about the power bill...

Yeah, I'm numb to the power bill questions. When people ask me, I start off by telling them that I have a swimming pool so my electric bill is hard to compare to the average home to begin with.

 

My power bill is rarely below $200 regardless.

 

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I get asked about the number of lights and the power bill question all the time. I tell them over 35k lights because I don't really know, to the normal person It just seems like a way to measure the size of a display. For example if someone has 300 blow molds it doesn't sound as impressive as a large number of lights, but when it comes down to it both are equally impressive and take a lot of work and passion.

I don't think the size of a display should be measured by the # of lights or # of figures or whatever the case may be, but rather the am mount of work and passion the creator has to set up a display of any size. But the general public likes hearing the amount of lights and how long it takes and ect.

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