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Randaling

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Hello everyone. I'm a newby to the site. Long time listener, first time caller. I was wondering if it is just me or are there others out there that feel that this has become a true addiction for them. All I have done everyday for the past month is think about, plan, draw, calculate this Christmas's display. I find my self appologetically explaining to my wife why I am out in the yard measuring, staring at the roof line, on the computer... I still make time for the fam but am feeling a little dependent on the lights. Anyone echo this? Thanks for the input.

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Welcome Randaling!

I'm in the same boat.

I'm a bit worried that once I leave for PLUS, my wife might move, or worse

sell all my lights and controllers!

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I feel for you, I've learned to keep my xmas light addiction in the closet so to not annoy my wife too much. Don't get me wrong, she loves the lights but she cant take more than a 2 or 3 hour a day conversation. Good luck and just remember that your addiction will not get better EVER!!!!!

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wirekat wrote:

I'm a bit worried that once I leave for PLUS, my wife might move, or worse

sell all my lights and controllers!

Rent a uhaul and take them all with you.:laughing::laughing:

Welcome to PC. Yes everyone here is addicted. There used to be a 12 step help program......:}

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Tom K wrote:

There used to be a 12 step help program......:}

Yes, it went something like this:

Step 1: Admit you have a problem

Step 2-11: (fill in the blank)

Step 12:Throw out everything but step ONE and have fun! ;)

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I was like that last year. I would not even buy a burger if I could help it, soI could use that money on Christmas stuff! Now that is pretty bad. This year I am a little more reasonable.

Have fun with it this year. Next year you can be more normal. :laughing:

Michael B

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Its funny that you say this about being an addict. I started with this whole christmas thing last October and really enjoyed it but i noticed a problem when January came and i had to take the stuff down. It was like as if my natural high wore off and i would have to wait 10 months to see it again. Then the problem came I started searching planet christmas for things to do in 2007 and i knew then i was addicted. Most people laugh and cant believe i have been working on this since January but i tell them they have no idea how much time all this stuff takes. At this point my wife just rolls her eyes when the words LED LIGHTS come into the conversation. Especially when I was in lowes with her and my 1 year old daughter in JULY telling her " see this aisle this is the aisle you and Daddy will travel down during Christmas". She does like it but just not as much as i do i guess. As for anyone else they can all make fun but when Christmas rolls around and there jaws drop i will sit back and enjoy. I look at it this way being an addict with Christmas isint so bad as long as you still make time for the family!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks to all of you that replied. I agree with you gsxr7500, thanks. Luckily, I have not been given the old "it's me or the lights" routine yet cause I sure would miss her.:laughing::laughing::laughing: Thanks for all the great resources and info you all contribute on all these chats.

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wirekat wrote:

I'm a bit worried that once I leave for PLUS, my wife might move, or worse

sell all my lights and controllers!

Wirekat ,

Let her know I can come by and get it anytime. :laughing:

Randaling,

This is my first year doing a computerized display but I have always been a Christmas decorations (lights) fanatic. I've had lights up in my bedroom since I was 8 or 9. Every year it just ge worse (or better) however you want to look at it. :laughing:

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So, I'm addicted to Christ, Christmas, Christmas Lights, LOR and decorating to celebrate those things previously mentioned...

What's the problem? I'm just glad I'm not addicted to something bad....

jeff

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Being addicted to Christmas lights gives something to do with my summer.

It's better than sitting in front of the computer all day. Oh wait, now that I joined here, I do that anyway!:laughing:

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Well,..... when the "AH HA!" moment happens, and you truly realize that, the worst is over. Just succumb and enjoy, because you know, there can be a lot worse ways to spend your time, than trying to create something for true pleasure. Welcome aboard!

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I have been working on my halloween and christmas display for a few months now. Tweaking things left and right. Adding and changing.I am always on the computer. My husband thinks Im having an online affair or something Im sure. But I am addicted as well.....I am already counting the days till the lights go on...:]

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CUTTHEMUSIC wrote:

I feel for you, I've learned to keep my xmas light addiction in the closet so to not annoy my wife too much. Don't get me wrong, she loves the lights but she cant take more than a 2 or 3 hour a day conversation. Good luck and just remember that your addiction will not get better EVER!!!!!

LOL!

I get "Quit talking about it, just show me...."

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I got the bug a few years ago when talking with Paul at AL. At the time I was a municipal manager and was looking for something to enhance our downtown mainstreet. I left municipal government but by then had begun buying LED's controllers, MP3, MB, etc for the house. You know the drill. Lights, I have to have more lights.

Fortunately my wife is the gardener of the family so she hovers over the mail box in December looking for the seed and garden equipment catalogs. She understands that in July I start talking and designing the Christmas theme.

A few weeks ago I found out about PC and the various forums and signed on to a number of them. Now she is worried as I come home, plug my laptop in, sign on and hunt for all of your various entries. I have a folder full of pictures and yes,every so often she hears me from the back room going AH HA!!! so that is how they do it.

You guys are the greatest resource. I did not make PLUS this year as you can tell I am like a two week old newbie. But standby for the next one and hope to see many of you there.

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