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When are you planning to start hanging lights?

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When are you planning to start hanging Christmas lights? Just kinda wondering when everyone will start.

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I usually dont start until the first or second week of November but everyone is telling me to start in October, so probably ......

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This year I've decided to put my lights up on my house right after I put away my halloween decorations. The display I'll put up the week of Thanksgiving.

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I think it all depends on where you live also. Here we have to worry about cold temperatures and snow, so I'll probably start hanging lights in un-obvious places soon.

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I'm going to start this weekend (October 9-13) for a couple reasons:

1. I live in northern Ohio and when the calender turns to November, things start to get real nippy and I have put my lights up too many times without feeling in my fingers and toes and face.

2. I'm in college and I can't go home every weekend, altho I only live 30 minutes from home. But my longer weekends are this coming weekend, and then not again until thanksgiving and I'm hoping to have my display up and running by the first weekend in December or last weekend in November.

3. I'm starting computerizing this year and I hope to have my Light-O-Rama program and controller in to choreograph my full display by Thanksgiving time.

So those are the reasons why I'm starting so early. And I honestly can't wait for the season!

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Probably Nov 1. I like to start on a Saturday, but this year a Sunday at 7:16 am. I start on the roof. It is so much fun to get up there and hang lights that first day! :santasmileyitty:

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Last year, Oct 31 (Halloween lights = Christmas lights) This year, I'm going to start any day now. (I don't do well in cold weather)

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The 2nd week of November. I have some time built up at work and I have to use it by Dec 31 or loose it, so I'm taking that week off.:D

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The 2nd week of November. I have some time built up at work and I have to use it by Dec 31 or loose it, so I'm taking that week off.:D

The same here, I have extra time to use, so I will be starting the 2nd week of Nov. I will take a couple of extra days there. I hope to complete the display in two weekends.

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looking to change out The screw in c9 light holders this week maybe tonight if I get motivated and put up halloween stuff . Still Gotta build manger and... and...

Oh Man I am gonna be late !!!!! LOL!!!

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We are starting this weekend with the roof lights, like to get them up while it is still kinda of warm. The rest of the big items are being setup in the back yard to verify they are working as planned and the new cords made for them. I will be them to the front the first weekend og November

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Well, I'm starting in about 2 weeks. I get all the lights up on the roof (approx 10,000 lights) while the weather is nice. Then right after Halloween I go to town and start blasting out all the other decorations.

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I am starting getting things going starting over the next week or so getting the infastructure in place (extension cords, etc)

The next big one that will happen over the next couple of weeks is getting the roof superstructure in position and in place.

I will put up halloween decorations based on my christmas channels, then once the halloween comes down, christmas will go directly up.

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I have been working non stop or I would have started hanging already. Looks Like I may be able to get a little done this Sunday and then some more next sunday. When to finish programming is the next big question?? I am starting to feel the Octobe Panic set in.

Good luck to all

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I have already started on the lights. I have to try and get the lights on the roof before its to late! All is going smoothly right now:santasmileyitty:

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Roof line lights start as soon as it dries out here, hopefully I can do the 2nd floor later this week. I have to walk on the roof to do the 2nd floor and a wet and icy roof is not fun to walk on. The rest of the lights will go up as the trees start loosing their leaves.

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well i have a two storie house and the whole house has lights , so i hate ice and snow , sliding off roof , so i got mine all on the house ready to go , but the rest will wait till 2 week in nov. happy hanging to everyone .

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