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I finally got my display up and running. Now I want to see what others are doing. Who all has displays going in the Nashville/Murfreesboro area? Feel free to PM me if you don't want to post your address.

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Not in the Nashville/Murfreesboro but in East TN area, if you find yourself in the area please stop in and say hello wife and I always have the coffee on Roger and Mary, 708 Holston Av., Elizabethton, TN. seven miles from Johnson City.

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There are several in Franklin, including myself. If you want some info on some displays in Franklin send me a PM and I'll get you some info.

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if you find yourself in the area please stop in and say hello wife and I always have the coffee on

Thanks Roger, I'll drop you a line if I make it over to that area

There are several in Franklin, including myself. If you want some info on some displays in Franklin send me a PM and I'll get you some info.

Thanks Chad, I'll get you a PM.

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Another display here in Antioch/Brentioch. Feel free to drop by, but I am still adding elements. I'm in the Barnes Cove Subdivision, which joins up to LEnox Village.

Merry Christmas,

Steve

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I am a newbie, but I have one up in Chapman's Retreat Subdivison at:

1296 Chapmans Retreat Dr.

Spring Hill, TN 37174

I usually don't have everything on until around 7pm nightly due to getting home from work late. I leave the display on until 10p during the week and 11p on the weekends.

This is my first year putting anything out. Last year we had just moved in and I was still trying to get settled in the house. I have several decorations, static lights, and my first ever mega-tree (or medium tree :giggle:) that is over 10' tall. I look forward to adding a lot of new stuff to my display for 2010 :santasmileyitty:

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I am just right around the corner from you literally maybe 5-10 miles and I have 128 channels and a little over 50,000 lights. 229 Applewood Lane Murfreesboro, TN 37127.

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