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I have a nice small display with something like 2500 lights. Nice and manageable. I remember in the 'other' forums there was a thread talking about theme ideas for display.

I honestly don't have much creativity (being a techie). I would like to get some ideas for a theme. Something that I can start small and grow with and add things to or maybe something that can be made into a different theme from year to year.

I can do all the technical stuff but need some tricks of the trade (where is that forum topic anyway?!)

Since the sales have already started I wanted to get a jump on it so I can stock up and do some better planning and maybe come up with a theme that will not be too unmanageable and won't look like I threw it all together.

Any ideas? Suggestions? Thoughts?

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I went with Winter Forest this year, complete with 18 evergreens all lit and 3 main evergreens in the animation sequences. Starting with this means you can go a few ways...continue with the forest and fill it with an ice skating rink or animals....or you can go to the north pole easily compelte with santa and deer... or maybe you can use it as a winter house with carolers or cartoons...

lots to think about. I already started building 06 xmas and halloween displays

-jds

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I am a little different in this respect. I just keep adding to the display. Sometimes I do not put things out for one reason or anothe. But by using LOR I think you can change themes without changing the displays. For instance this year I used a lot of big band and other types songs. Next year we will be having a Rockin Ridge Harbor Christmas. Songs will be Run Run Rudolph by Lynard Skynyard and for the patriotic song will be Ray Charles America. The display will have about 70 more mini trees plus larger mini trees and two mini mega trees to go with the mega tree. Plus many more snowflakes on the roof. And some other tricks I have thought of.

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I do different themes each year and never put out all of what I have. This year I;m doing a gingerbread theme. It gave me a chance to use many of the lighted candy canes that I have collected over the years. I have 30" ones criss-crossed on each side of my windows for shutters and small ones in the window boxes along with lighted presents. This year I used multi-color icicle lights. Next year I'm planning to use blue icicle lights and have a winter wonderland theme. I'm figuring on a lot of blue, white, and silver. I see a pond and lots of snowflakes

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Last year we did Candy Land, this year is Winter Wonderland. Next year will be one of four theme; Santa's Workshop, Christmas Around the World, A Cartoon Christmas, or A San Antonio Christmas. We are allowing you and our visitors decide what next year will be. Most of the items in the display will not be seen in next year's display.

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Jeff,

I can tell you that my Spongebob characters are the HIT of the kids and parents with Kids. If you decide to go Cartoon, I have a few in-laws I can send you free of chage too!!!!

On a side note, I saw you were using Fusion spraypaint.... Any updated feedback on it's performance? Love to see pics of the new paint...

Jim

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My theme this year was "heavenly peace," one that I have run since 2001.

Next year I would like to update it to "Heaven & Nature Sing" since I am drawn to carolers, singing dogs, animals, etc. I just need to get the sign made then add a band of angels to my current collection of bear, deer, rabbits, squirrel, fish. This theme will use what I have now, with a little rearranging and some new additions.

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Always a challenge. I have a large lot so I can divide it up into sections. I have a small wooded area about 100 ft long by 60 ft wide that I use an enchanted forest theme. I plan to expand that by ordering and planting live christmas trees. Actually farming trees and decorating them each year. I will add new trees each year and as the older trees get too large (I know no such thing) I will harvest them and donate them to various causes. Many Christmas tree farms sell seedlings and they are very reasonable $2-$3 per tree.

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