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I can't believe the number of people who took their displays down this weekend. We went around the area looking at lights tonight and there are very few displays still lit up. :(

Seems people were in a hurry to begin the season and put their lights up in October and now they are in a hurry to take them down. I wish they would at least wait until after New Years. There is not much to look at from now till spring when things start to bloom again.

Guess I best get started on a Valentines Day display, LOL!

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We started taking ours down because of wind and water damage. We had allmost 10 inches of rain in 2 days and then strong winds. This caused my mega tree to pull up out of the ground and broke some of the junctions on the ring. It just was not feasible to get it fixed and running again before the first.

Scott

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We usually run ours up until NYE. With the current rain I may not get a chance to take them down for a little after that.

Part of it might be that visitors tend to roam around looking at displays in the lead up to Christmas day. After that, maybe they've seen enough or assume (self fulfilling) that most will be turned off!

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Funny, this year I noticed soo many people on the block having something added to their hous. Lots of houses were lit up brighter than ever. And even a few new small displays were started this year. It seams like this year everyone decided to give it a try. It's been nice too. No one has taken theirs down yet though so I'll enjoy through mid Jan :D

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Mine is still up even though we had that big rain and sleet storm a few days and nights ago. Most people here have braved the weather and still have theirs up.

I worry about taking mine things down since the ground is frozen solid and I have many stakes in the lawn and they could be hazardous if left there. I'm hoping for one of those weird warm spells and then I'm taking mine down regardless of the date.

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I worry about taking mine things down since the ground is frozen solid and I have many stakes in the lawn and they could be hazardous if left there.

BBQ grill with a large pot of boiling water. That's how I get stakes out. :)

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I noticed a lot of lights came down early here in ohio too although i think the ligths that are up now will be up for a while.. the ground is getting very frozen after a lot of rain christmas and now its going to be below freezing for a long time with a parade of storms... our HIGH today and tomorrow and monday will be just 18... and no site of freezing all next week..

-Christopher

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BBQ grill with a large pot of boiling water. That's how I get stakes out. :)

Good idea!

I'm going to try that until my back gives out as I have over 100 stakes in the ground. At least I'll do the ones near the road, walk and driveway.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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I was surprised that only a few stakes gave me trouble this year. I started by taping them down just a little to break them free and used a pry bar to pop them up. I use mostly metal stakes and they were just about to bend when they would pop just a bit and then came right out. I only destroyed one so far.

I'm going to have to use hot water to get some of my spiral tree poles out and a couple of random plastic stakes I knew I shouldn't have used. We spend 7 hours out there yesterday and got about 2/3's of the way done. The wind was brutal. Glad I started with my roof line before the wind really got going. I only have my mega tree and some walkway lights in the ground. The rest is on my front porch so it won't be to bad to take down.

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I will leave my lights on until January 6th and then pull the plugs and timers. I still need to take some pictures. I hope to get the bulk taken down next weekend. (weather permitting) . I will spend most of the following weekend (Martin Luther Kings Birthday three day weekend) packing it up and storing it away. Hope to do better than last year. Due to all the cold and snow it was into March before I was able to get some of the stakes and extention cords out of the ground.

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Last night was supposed to be the last night for lights. But I'm not looking forward to driving home in the dark to a dark house so I think I'll leave them on for another week. They, mostly, work and I can't take them down anyway because of the snow and cold. It's minus 12 now.

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