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I was outside last night and a woman pulled up in her SUV she asked how long would the lights be on. I said until Jan 2nd, she said no tonight. I told her and she said "great I have time to go get my husband an show him what he could do if he had the inclination"

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I had a lady last night ask if I had won my show hardware in a contest...?

I said no I built and set it up myself. She had the wierdest look on her face after that. Sometimes it's whats not said that's the funniest things.

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That is not just funny, but it really shows how being older is like being a little kid all over again. I hope she lives to be195 years old!

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Last Night! aLimo driver pulls up with a full load of people, and asks about how our food drive went last year, and some other chit chat, then he says.....so you are having some trouble with the lights tonight huh? Me: dumbfounded and looking at my house for something wrong asked " why do you ask?" Limo driver " because I heard you and your wife talking on the radio." Me with an ear to ear grin." No thats a movie clip from Christmas Vacation:laughing::laughing:I then told him how my mother in law and a co-worker both thought thesame thing and actually called me to to say they could hear us! Kind of a BIll Engaval moment " Here's your sign." (Talking about me of course.)

Its the clip where he finds the cord unplugged, of course after his wife tells him about the possibility,and all 3 houses in the display light up with everything onwhensparky plugs the cord in.

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I had the Christmas Vacation clip last year and heard the same thing from the neighbor. I decided to take it out instead of having to explain it 1000 times.

Last night we had the youth group out - 67 kids Kindergarden through 4th grade. There were a lot of amusing questions, but my favorite was the two kindergardeners talking, unknowing I was standing behind them. Child1 - it's magic, Child 2 - no, somebody's inside turning switches on and off. Child 1 - no they aren't. Child 2 - uh hu......brief argument ensues. They realize I am behind them and ask me to settle the argument. I simply replied that there were elves magically swiching the lights. No more questions. I guesselves switching lights isbelievable for a 5 year old. So much fun.

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Not so much as funny but in 2004 we had this couple come up to us and tell us they were here on their second anniversary of their first date ever. The first date they came and visited our display, then when we heard about it they were engaged to be married but made it a point to return to the display on the exact date, December 10th. Well the next year we saw them again, married and wife was pregnant, next year kid in strollers. Yep We saw them again pm their 4th Anniversary of their first date which happened to include a stop at our display. The wife is pregnant for child #2!!! Still a happy happy couple. I know many of you have heard this story from me as it progressed since I first heard of it but its got to be my favorite "visitor" story I have.

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I had a lady who had stopped by display with someone else.

She brought her friends back and found they couldn't listen to the music. Her carradio didn't get 93.1,and they had triedevery button.

Charlie

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the funniest comment I've heard so far came from ym 4-year-old daughter

we were standing outside last night, just after sundown watching out lights again when a drive drove by without pausing. she just looked at me and said, "They don't deserve our lights. They didn't even slow down!"

took everything I had not to start laughing

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Guest johnny christmas

just now i was bringing our tree inside (yeah i know, kinda late but eh)

and this guy ive known for about 15 years is watching the lights and rolls down his window

him: you gotta be kidding me

me: what?

him: youve had the lights on for god only knows how long and you just got and youre just bringing your tree inside TONIGHT?!?!?!

me: yeah...well these lights cost money :P

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Probably the best one I had was aboy about 6 years old and his Dad. They were sitting in front of the house for about 5 minutes watching the light and I came outside. I walked up to them and asked how they liked it. They both said they loved it but there was one thing they couldn't figure out. How did I get the lights to "blink" to the music. I bent down to whisper in the boys ear and told him "I work with Santa and he let me borrow some of his elves and their in the garage turning the light switches on and off" The boys face lit up and he turns to his Dad and tells him.I got a wink from Dad with his approval. I still chuckle every time I tell the story.

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The other night ... a lady in a big SUV pulls up and they were watching for a while, I go up to give the 6 kids in the car candy canes, she of course accepts the treats for the little ones After passing them around she turns to me and says ... "is there anything special you do for Christmas"

Sharp that evening, I say "not really just a few lights synchronized to some music"

Yes the lights were on, the music was blaring in the BIG SUV, the kids are grinning from ear to ear, Virtual Santa is waving to them and they are waving back and they are having a grand time.

I walk away to myself .... "hmmm I wonder what she expected"

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While setting up my display I heard someoneyell " hey what are you doing" thinking I knew him I went to his truck. When I got there I realized I didn't have a clue to who he was. I asked the man , "can I help you sir?" He then asked me again " what are you doing" I looked around at all the trees,deer santas ect... and replied " decorating for a birthday party" he said"oh" and drove away.

SPaschall

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SPaschall wrote:

While setting up my display I heard someoneyell " hey what are you doing" thinking I knew him I went to his truck. When I got there I realized I didn't have a clue to who he was. I asked the man , "can I help you sir?" He then asked me again " what are you doing" I looked around at all the trees,deer santas ect... and replied " decorating for a birthday party" he said"oh" and drove away.

SPaschall

Outstanding reply!!:]

:dude::dude:SPaschall :dude::dude:

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The strangest comments I get from spectators is not verbal! Should I ever go out to either fix a light or the like, about 30% of the viewers drive off as though I were walking toward them with an axe!:laughing:Granted, I'm 6'2" and have a 44" chest - could looking threatening in the dark. :shock:Ah, well.

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Flanigan wrote:

The strangest comments I get from spectators is not verbal! Should I ever go out to either fix a light or the like, about 30% of the viewers drive off as though I were walking toward them with an axe!:laughing:Granted, I'm 6'2" and have a 44" chest - could looking threatening in the dark. :shock:Ah, well.

You're not carrying an axe, too, are you? :laughing:

The word I've overheard the most as I sit on the porch is "AWESOME!"

Usually it's little kids saying it but it's still nice to hear.

Good thing they've never seen RichardH's lights or they'd be saying "AWE! LAME!"

;)

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The first night of showing (December 2nd) I had a guy knock on my door at about 9:15 and say with big eyes "How do you do this!?"

My partner, who isn't into as much as I am (or at least doesn't state it :P) invited these total strangers in to show them our setup! :laughing:

Randi

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My neighbor has two small children (one in kindergarten and another younger). The kids came over today real serious and said they wanted to talk to me. It seems that they had been talking to their Dad about him doing an animated display. He said that he did not know how, so the kids had come over to ask me if I would teach their Dad how to do it so they could have an animated display too.

Ken

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ChuckHutchings wrote:

Good thing they've never seen RichardH's lights or they'd be saying "AWE! LAME!"

;)

I hear that and "Can we go home now?" ;)

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Ken W. Good wrote:

My neighbor has two small children (one in kindergarten and another younger). The kids came over today real serious and said they wanted to talk to me. It seems that they had been talking to their Dad about him doing an animated display. He said that he did not know how, so the kids had come over to ask me if I would teach their Dad how to do it so they could have an animated display too.

Ken

That is pretty funny.

I was out there one night and Talking to a guy and his kids kids asked him "Why don't you do something like this at our house Dad". he replied back that he had no idea how I did it and even if I told him, he would not understand it.

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Flanigan wrote:

The strangest comments I get from spectators is not verbal! Should I ever go out to either fix a light or the like, about 30% of the viewers drive off as though I were walking toward them with an axe!:laughing:Granted, I'm 6'2" and have a 44" chest - could looking threatening in the dark. :shock:Ah, well.

People don't like to be "caught" watching your display, even though its obviously for their enjoyment. I've found this is much more of a factor when there's only 1-2 cars out there than if there's half a dozen or more...

I now do all but the most serious of repairs afte (or before) hours, due to this factor. I also got sick of comments like "hey there's the guy right now. He's doing something to the lights!" as if I can't hear them... :?.I just make note of what's broken and make a point of fixing it before the next evening.

-Tim

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I had one of best friendsalong witha few families stop by tonight and while we

were all standing out front watching and listening he said in his best english/monty python voice, "He's quite mad you know"!

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