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  • My favorite Christmas story
    As I get older putting up decorations has become a chore and the thought occurs- does anybody care? One year as I was putting up the Christmas light an elderly woman passed by and told me how she always enjoys looking at my lights ( I have some sort of lights up all year long), they make her feel good. Since I didn't recognize her from the block I asked her where she lived and she told me, it was on the next block over. So I asked her how could she see my lights from a block away. She lived in on the top floor of an apartment house and could see them from there. I've had to cut back in recent years but I still put the lights out all year long.
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    Brooklyn, NY
  • Biography
    Retired. The wife has always liked Christmas so I decorate outside. From Christmas went to Halloween to all the other holidays to all year long.
  • Interests
    Like old cars and of course toy and model trains.
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    Used to run a lot of miniature string lights but gave up on them for two reasons. Bulbs blowing out, too much trouble to find the burnt out bulbs and then can never find replacements. Also as I get older small stuff is harder to see, the covers don't make an impression visually. Tried inflatables but they're too much trouble to set up and the motors burn out. I now use mostly blow molds and C7 or C9 LED light strings which make a nice colorful display.
  1. This early snow on my blow molds

    Thank you, all, for the nice comments. You can't see the nativity set anymore. We were supposed to get 3-6" inches of snow here but somehow I wound up with 14" in front of my house. It's almost time to take the Christmas decorations down but I may have to let some of them thaw out first. It's been below freezing for over a week now but next week it's supposed to be in the high 30's and low 40's so hopefully I can get to things. I remember one year I couldn't remove some items until early March.
  2. This early snow on my blow molds

    I saw one of those lanterns online during the summer and said I have to find one. Was looking for months, finally got one last month.
  3. This early snow on my blow molds

    Hard to say, it's still coming down with another 2 hours to go. First they said 2-4 then 3-5 but from what I see it's going to be between 2 and 3 inches. Thank you. I wouldn't mind the snow so much if it didn't turn to ice. I have to keep the sidewalk clean so people don't slip and fall and that's a lot of work.
  4. We are getting some early snow here in NYC. I took a few shots of my blow molds in the snow. Nothing fancy, I'm a poor photographer, just a few photos taken with my flipphone.
  5. Silent site?

    I'm new here so I really have nothing to offer or add to the site. I am mainly interested in blow molds. I wasn't aware of the FACEBOOK pages mentioned but I checked them out briefly. Nice but like someone else said I'm not into FACEBOOK. Too much for me to keep up with. What I've seen here so far looks good. Considering the time of year I thought there would be more activity in the forums but I like what I've seen so far so I will be checking in from time to time.
  6. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    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.
  7. 2017 Display

    Very nice, looks great.
  8. My Rather Modest 2017 Display

    Very nice, picture perfect. Everything looks great- the sled, the MERRY CHRISTMAS lights, elevated nativity, everything including the leaves on the ground.
  9. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    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.
  10. Some places to shop for blow molds

    Yes, that's right. Sorry, I forgot to mention that. Plus there's 6% PA sales tax.
  11. Some places to shop for blow molds

    In addition to the light socket in the flame there are additional sockets along the cord as it passes through the body of the candle. I saw the sample lit up it the store, with the white candle body it looked nice.
  12. I did a little shopping for blow molds. These are two places I was at recently. There is a place in Canarsie in Brooklyn, NY called the Brooklyn Terminal Market. They sell Christmas and Halloween decorations there. Over the years I bought most of my blow molds there new. But in recent years the number of stores there that sell holiday decorations has declined. Still I was there last week and one store in the back row did have a nice selection of blow molds- Santas, soldiers, candles and the like. If you are in or near Brooklyn might be worth a look. Then the other day I was at Seiter and Son in Paradise, PA. Lots of nice new blow molds there and reasonable prices. They have a web site but it is not up to date. Also they will not do mail order during the Christmas season. But if you are in the area I highly recommend checking it out. This is what I bought- 2 green Christmas trees, a pair of candles that light up inside the body of the candle, a blue and yellow scarf penguin (to match my red and green scarf one), and a blue and white scarecrow and a green scarecrow (to match my purple and white scarecrow and light blue and tan scarecrow). Do call before you go to make sure they will be open when you go.
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