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A beautiful sight up here Inn alexandria, finally checking out Bill's display for the first time. Merry Christmas everyone!

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My dog Ellie says Merry Christmas as well - and adds that she thinks she's fit in well in this display :)

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Merry Christmas Everyone! One of these days I'm going to find a way to sneak way from my display to check your artistry out Stephen!

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Merry Christmas!


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Merry Christmas Everyone! One of these days I'm going to find a way to sneak way from my display to check your artistry out Stephen!


Bill, good to see that your display is still going. When is the last day?


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5 hours ago, Ralph Priest said:

Suddenly,I feel like I'm the only Southside member to continue to run the show until New Years. Is anyone still operational?

I run mine until Jan 5 every year.  When I was a kid, my Mom always said you leave the lights on until Little Christmas.  

I think I just like to put off taking it all down as long as possible.

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16 hours ago, Ralph Priest said:

Suddenly,I feel like I'm the only Southside member to continue to run the show until New Years. Is anyone still operational?

I'm up till Jan 5 this year - I always stay up through at least Jan 1, and stay up until the next weekend day which is when teardown begins.

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I keep mine on through the weekend after New Years. It is too cold to take them down anyway. Then I turn off everything except a 40 foot spruce decorated with red and clear Incandescent C-9s and minis that the neighbors like to see a little longer.


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On 12/26/2017 at 8:55 AM, mattera68 said:

Merry Christmas!


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Bill, good to see that your display is still going. When is the last day?


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The display is hanging in there. I run it till the twelfth day of Christmas, Jan. 6th.

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excellent display    I am usually up till the 6th this year I will be up till the 14ts as we had a short month between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and its friggin cold outside.

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On 12/26/2017 at 4:27 PM, Ralph Priest said:

Suddenly,I feel like I'm the only Southside member to continue to run the show until New Years. Is anyone still operational?

Ralph,

I run mine till the 6th, the twelfth day of Christmas. Can hardly bare to shut it down then!

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