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I am sorry for the fumming but got to get this off my chest .........is it me ore i hate snow i hate snow so much i use ever word in the book when i see it i hate going out and taking snow off the lights and when its snow more there no way u can get to see the lights u see the white **** all over and it messes up the wonderfull lights. does anybody agree with me.

I just hate snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:devil:

thank u for reading Jeff G.

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when is the last time you got a cat scan, i think you may have been hit in the head or abused as a child in the snow. and snow on christmas lights makes things look really cool, plus this is nature perhaps you can do your display inside and not deal with the snow.

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the snow was terrible today.....it was snow, then lite sleet, then heavy sleet, then HAIL, then Rain.......yea...bad first night of show :laughing:

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Okay sorry for the vent i hope nobody hate me for that but thats me i dont like snow

Jeff G

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Snow is beautiful

Snow is wonderfull.

Just got two inches with freezing rain on top of that.

Temp is right at 32 so one GFI is tripping but it will be fine once the temp drops.

All that white really makes the lights shine.

Two inches of snow have covered most of the controllers and ALL the extension cords.

A little bit of ice on top of that is a great security system. If you can even find the cords under the snow you wold be spending a little time with an axe to free them from all that ice.

There is nothing like a white christmas.

JOel

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Look on the bright side. Snow makes a nice natural cover for all your ext cords so you don't see the mess of them... :laughing:

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I would love to see some snow down my way. The odds of us having a white Christmas in Winston-Salem NC are about 5% to 7%, on average. Now, even if they think we might see a few flakes (snow flakes) during the winter, they start talking about it a week in advance.

The wife and I have driven to Boone NC to see it snow before, only about 2 hours away.

bert-nc:snowman:

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Snow I love, but today we got a little snow to start off the morning and then we got about 10 hours of freezing rain. It has finally turned into just rain as the temps are going up but you should see the damage in the neighborhood, not a pretty site. Snow, I'll take it over this stuff any day!:P

James

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txgstraitbullrider4 wrote:

Okay sorry for the vent i hope nobody hate me for that but thats me i dont like snow

Jeff G

Yeah Jeff, but how do you feel about that white stuff that falls from the sky in winter?

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Man...I'd love 5 feet of snow. Ok, well, maybe not 5 feet, but you get the idea.

Anyway...this afternoon it was like 25 degrees...probably colder. So, it was snowing...and the snow was on the ground (not sticking...blowing on the ground) and sticking in the grass. The roads weren't wet, because the snow didnt' melt...cuz the ground is nice and frozen. Anyway, it snowed like that for a while and then it like warmed up a TON. So, down comes the rain...on top of the snow...and then the temperature starts changing...so it's like ICE everywhere...I was watching my neighbor try to get up his steeper driveway...it look him like 3 tries to get up! And a guy down the street couldn't get up his!

So, yeah. Let's get some REAL snow!

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Today we got our first snow fall. We don't always get snow so its a treat when it does. I love the way the lights reflect off the snow making the ground glow.

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I hate snow. If we get snow here, we are having a serious freeze and all the chrsitmas lights I have on palm trees will conduct the freeze into the palm where otherwise they'd have no damage from a few early morning hours below freezing. As soon as the holidays are over, the display has to come down fast before first week of January is the most likely period for a serious central Florida freeze.

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Here in Lacey, WA it started snowing about 7pm tonight and as soon as I got home, I went outside to do some more work in the yard on my display just to be out in the snow cause it rocks, especially with its effect on the lights. Sitting here right now I can look out my window and see my smaller trees (real ones) all lit up in Red & Green with snow on them and its beautiful!!

I JUST LOVE SNOW!!! :)

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txgstraitbullrider4 wrote:

I am sorry for the fumming but got to get this off my chest .........is it me ore i hate snow i hate snow so much i use ever word in the book when i see it i hate going out and taking snow off the lights and when its snow more there no way u can get to see the lights

I can just picture you outside with with a little duster sweeping the snow off of each bulb. ;)I'm thinking you need to raise up the lights so that they don't get covered. Better yet I'm thinking you need some C9s. They get nice and warm and will melt the snow that's covering them after they've been on for a while. :D

TED

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txgstraitbullrider4 wrote:

Okay sorry for the vent i hope nobody hate me for that but thats me i dont like snow

Don't worry. We may think you are nuts but we don't hate you! ;)

TED

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txgstraitbullrider4 wrote:

I am sorry for the fumming but got to get this off my chest .........is it me ore i hate snow i hate snow so much i use ever word in the book when i see it i hate going out and taking snow off the lights and when its snow more there no way u can get to see the lights u see the white **** all over and it messes up the wonderfull lights. does anybody agree with me.

I just hate snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:devil:

thank u for reading Jeff G.

I love the way the lights look under the snow:DAI

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I love snow. It's beautiful, cold, fun. I love driving in it. I love sledding, snowmobiling, snowboarding, kiting,etc. Best part is the lights with snow!

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i have to admit I hate the snow also, but living here one cant do much about it except to move. I do love how the lights look with the snow though.

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Texan78: Look on the bright side. Snow makes a nice natural cover for all your ext cords so you don't see the mess of them... :laughing:

yea thats the truth i hve a mess of them all over my family is wondering what they are doing allover tangled up like that.

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We love the snow here! Especially the first of the year, so beautiful and peaceful.

We received about 5" or so yesterday and the display was great last night with the reflection off the snow..

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Christmas lights + Snow = Beautiful.

Mike + Snow = UGLY.

Mike + Snow lost, and so I moved to FL from Buffalo NY! Yea, the lights aren't as pretty, but then again I can put them up in shorts! :laughing:

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Around here the alternative to a white Christmas is a brown Christmas. The last traces of green faded a month ago (except for the conifers, but even they take on a dark brownish-green hue in winter). Shovelling snow it is a PITA, but it looks much better than the dead grass, leaves and dirt underneath it.

As for lights getting covered up, I made sure to put my LEDs where that wouldn't happen. If I ever put lights on my roof they'll have to be C7s or C9s though. Nothing else can melt its way out of the snow when it's -20°C outside like it has been for the last week.

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oldcqr wrote:

Christmas lights + Snow = Beautiful.

Mike + Snow = UGLY.

Mike + Snow lost, and so I moved to FL from Buffalo NY! Yea, the lights aren't as pretty, but then again I can put them up in shorts! :laughing:

You're only 12 miles or so from me and yes... hanging around in t-shirts, flip flops tonight, nice pleasant 68 degrees at this hour, of course there are occassional chill downs but it warms up again after 2 or 3 days. Of course I was raised here and the Florida Decembers of the 1970's and 80's were a lot colder. IN those days we'd never see a night above 48 degrees in December but that was when my section of town are far out in the countryside from Tampa. Now all the city grew up around us and the heat island effect in Tampa is profound, making us more tropical then towns farther to the south.

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