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michael b

I like to take down the lights!

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My last show was December 26th.

I started to take the lights down the next day. They are all down. I am organizing and boxing them right now.

I love taking down the lights. It doesn't take very long and I see my results immediately. I gain great satisfaction from taking down the lights.

I teach and light to have everything done before the 1st.

I store all my outdoor lights where I can easily get to them in the attic. I work on them as I feel like it through out the year.

Is there anyone else who likes to take the lights down?

Michael B

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Getting mine down is a relief mainly because Iv'e been fretting about vandalism for the last month! Now that everything is safely packed away I have no more worries. Also it seems to be a challenge to get everything packed and neat and ORGINIZED! Then for me it's a puzzle to get all the boxes and totes on the shelves in the most efficient manner possible. This year I had to break into the attic above the house for storing larger items like deer and other bigger things. My attic access it not very good, but for decorations I won't need till next november it will have to work!

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Sure do, I take everything down over a period of a week or so. I take it down in sections and leave the house and fence lit. I think people enjoy watching the entire process.I do the same setting them up. I think the entire lighting process is a bit hectic and to see it all packed away is a feeling ofclosure for another year.

-Duane

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Michael B wrote:

My last show was December 26th.

I started to take the lights down the next day. They are all down. I am organizing and boxing them right now.

I love taking down the lights. It doesn't take very long and I see my results immediately. I gain great satisfaction from taking down the lights.

I teach and light to have everything done before the 1st.

I store all my outdoor lights where I can easily get to them in the attic. I work on them as I feel like it through out the year.

Is there anyone else who likes to take the lights down?

Yea the last hurrah is Christmas... the weekdays after Christmas, the crowds vanish but there is usually a big showing on the weekend surrounding New Years. Last night the crowds were late, nobody until 8:30 but it got busy. I run until New Year's Eve mostly because it gives me the extra week while its slow to go and renovate lights, replace darkened bulbs and get lights into the condition I'd like them to be when they come out of the attic next year. We run until 10 PM typically depending on crowds on New Year's eve and I promptly begin the process right there at 10 PM of breaking down the display and spend all of New Year's day clearing my yard off of lights and decorations.

Yes, lights started going up here two weeks before Halloween. Its been Christmas lights for almost a quarter of the year, its time to go back to normal and yes I like breaking it down and getting it put away, mow, weed eat and weed the yard and resume life as normal.

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Joseph Ayo wrote:

Yea the last hurrah is Christmas... the weekdays after Christmas, the crowds vanish but there is usually a big showing on the weekend surrounding New Years. Last night the crowds were late, nobody until 8:30 but it got busy. I run until New Year's Eve mostly because it gives me the extra week while its slow to go and renovate lights, replace darkened bulbs and get lights into the condition I'd like them to be when they come out of the attic next year. We run until 10 PM typically depending on crowds on New Year's eve and I promptly begin the process right there at 10 PM of breaking down the display and spend all of New Year's day clearing my yard off of lights and decorations.

Yes, lights started going up here two weeks before Halloween. Its been Christmas lights for almost a quarter of the year, its time to go back to normal and yes I like breaking it down and getting it put away, mow, weed eat and weed the yard and resume life as normal.

I mowed today! It felt so good to get on my rider and feel the breeze in my hair and mow. My lawn was getting over grown.

Michael B

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Michael B wrote:

Is there anyone else who likes to take the lights down?

Nope! You are the only one.

TED

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