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When are you planning to start hanging lights?

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supermanbrandon, too much is never enough! haha, I have a t-shirt from Disney World in Florida from the Osbourne family spectical of lights and there are lights all over it and says "too much is never enough" I wear it every year when I put up lights! It's not too much, it's just a lot! Too much is too negative! lol

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Last weekend I started wrapping new mini trees and yard arches. I added 14 new mini trees for a total of 19 but I am changing the display so I might as well have added 19 new trees. Wrapped 8 - 2 color - 2 channel/each yard arches. I will be getting the lights on the house when the minis are done and the third leaping arch is wrapped, and my new 7 channel light poles are wrapped.....too much to do! Big project to put 3 different colors on the roof so that is the first installation I like to get done. Move to the yard stuff a couple of weeks into November so it doesn't tempt vandals too much too early. Summary - already started, already panicked, already behind! Good luck! Oh yeah, still 2 or 3 songs to sequence by Thanksgiving!!!

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I have a big Halloween display, so when that comes down I can start putting up Christmas lights. All animatronics and expensive items come down the night of Halloween (to prevent vandalism or theft). All other Halloween items get packed up November 1st. I have until the day after Thanksgiving to get the Christmas display finished for lights up.

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Last weekend I started wrapping new mini trees and yard arches. I added 14 new mini trees for a total of 19 but I am changing the display so I might as well have added 19 new trees. Wrapped 8 - 2 color - 2 channel/each yard arches. I will be getting the lights on the house when the minis are done and the third leaping arch is wrapped, and my new 7 channel light poles are wrapped.....too much to do! Big project to put 3 different colors on the roof so that is the first installation I like to get done. Move to the yard stuff a couple of weeks into November so it doesn't tempt vandals too much too early. Summary - already started, already panicked, already behind! Good luck! Oh yeah, still 2 or 3 songs to sequence by Thanksgiving!!!

That sounds very aggressive...send us some pictures!

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Second week of November this year for us. We will gradually add stuff throughout November and probably December as well. My father-in-law works at Lowes, so all I ever get for Christmas is light (bad problem to have...). I always take the pre-christmas santa inflatable down late christmas eve, and replace him with the post-christmas island santa with boat drink in hand!

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I will start wrapping the big tree in the yard first, probably the first nice weekend after Halloween, if there is such a thing. Then start doing the roof, windows and doors. I will leave the stuff that goes in the yard for last, and have everything ready by Friday, Nov 27th

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We have always hung everything Thanksgiving weekend in the past. This will be my first year using LOR, so I will be starting earlier.

I'm thinking I will start the first or second weekend in November.

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Finally, I've started. I am afraid of heights so I have to hire some high-wire work. And the friend/electrician's son who does it is a hunter. Seems to hunt everything, which takes up a lot of fall weekends. So when it was 60 today and he called today wanting to spend a couple of hours to "get started," I jumped on it!

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We are starting on Nov. 1, Four reasons.

1. We don't put up halloween decorations so theres nothing to take down on this day.:giggle:

2. This is the usual time where I finish the sequencing, so any free time I have goes into outside work.:)

3. We start the show on Dec. 1, and no later, so we about a month to put the lights up.:D

4. It's usually the last time of the year that I mow the lawn so right when that is done, I can get to work on the ground/yard lights, and then any other sections to do.:rolleyes:

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:eek:I have been testing lights over the last few days...I am now finished with 6,000 lights...With my busy homework schedule in highschool (don't ask me why I put myself through so many hard classes) I wont have much time to put up lights....I plan on starting Sunday October 18th with our 20 ft bradford pear trees...I have 1 minute of my 29 minute show synchronized so I had better get to that...panic has definitely set in:santasmileyitty:

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I will be positive here, I am positive that I have too much work to do this year by my self again. I can positively say that it is cold here because it is no matter how negative cold is to me.

I usually wait until after Halloween to start setting up my display no matter how cold it gets. Most years I am setting up my display in 0%Fahr. weather with 4 or 5 inches of snow on the ground. I just wish it was as nice as it was last November......but as I said in the thread I started it is cold now, and we had our 1st snow even though it has melted.

I started 1 of my mini mega trees already.

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november 2nd for me since the halloween lights come down the 1st, plus where i live its illegal to have christmas lights up before november 1st or after janurary 30th im pushing the enevelope

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I'm typically a Thanksgiving weekend decorator. At least for the outdoors, for an all static display. But I'm expanding you lights this year, if my new LED lights ever arrive, and I might try to get some of them up before Thanksgiving, but not flip the switch till that Friday.

I finally got an extension ladder long enough to reach my second story, so this will be my first year with icicles on both levels of the house. Plus I'm changing to LED icicles, and LED C9's. I'm also adding several twig trees and deer. The trees and deer are incandescents, but I'll replace them with LED next year. Plus plans for next year include adding LED's to the wreaths on all my windows.

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Hanging lights last week of October, no lights at ground level until secound week in November. Wanted to start this week but wife reminded me we are traveling to Bill V's for his light show.

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I started December 27th 2008. Mostly built items and structure. the stuff has been going up since labor day, but I can't really put any of the ground items down until I get the leaves picked up and I can't do that until they fall. Bought a new leaf blower yesterday so I guess I will get going on leaves over the weekend. I can probably put the tree lights up from the ladder and the deer on the roof. But I have the week before and the week of Thanksgiving off. They fire Thanksgiving evening so I'll be ready.

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November 1, hanging lights, this Sunday for cementing in my mega tree, and couple of fireworks and my mega globe. Start the lights December 1. This is my first year using comupter controlled and this many lights. I started decorating in 1961, when I was 8, and did so up till about 8 years ago. New wife, new house. Now is the right time for me. Will have some stuff not finished no matter how hard I try.

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Washed the windows on the house yesterday. Does that count??:giggle:

Dano I think you missed a spot?:D

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Dano I think you missed a spot?:D

Hey Chris, Stop spying on me. You can see all my props when they go out, like everyone else!

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Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!!

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I'm hopefully going to outline my roof with C-9's today. At least the roof will be done. Last few years I strung minis across the entire roof but it's just too hard on me anymore. Lots of work to do so getting the roof done will put me ahead of the game so to speak. That and I enjoy putting everything up as do my neighbors.

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I can't really put any of the ground items down until I get the leaves picked up and I can't do that until they fall. Bought a new leaf blower yesterday so I guess I will get going on leaves over the weekend. QUOTE]

I don't know about Plainview, but in Sawyer I'm looking out the window at an inch of snow (not wet snow either), with predictions of "enough to build a snowman and go sliding" when the next system comes in a couple days from now. She's a little nippy outside!

Glad I started early too. Lights and cords get stiff now, and have to bring lights inside to warm up and stretch out and bring back outside (especially new lights). But it is really gets a person in the mood. Wouldn't have it any other way!

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