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Is it too early to run the lights

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I've been running since Thanksgiving day. First couple of days lots of people stopped. Last couple of nights only a few. Is it too early? We have had very little snow here. Maybe people aren't in the Christmas mood yet. It doesn't seem that people are riding around to see the lights. Then again not that many other people have their lights out. When you've spent all year building things for the display, your in the mood all year. You know what I mean. Just sounding off. Hope things get better as Christmas gets closer.

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I think it is a persons opinion. I don't like to rush things I like to leave Thanksgiving as well, Thanksgiving. Christ's birthday is December 25th(at least that's when it is celebrated). To me there are 12 days of Christmas, starting on the 25th. To me it seems like everyone rushes everything instead of taking it slow and savoring it, then the day after it is all over! I had people driving by the day after Thanksgiving looking to see if my display was lit up! I invited them in, down to the basement so they could see what goes into all the programming and setting everything up. I'm kind of glad I waited, we are expecting 2-3 inches of rain tomorrow and who knows what kind of toll that would take on my controllers? I will be putting my controllers out Thursday and if I still have enough extensions with this years set up, I will be lighting up Friday night, if not, then Saturday, I think its good to build a little mystery and anticipation. Here in Staten Island there are many houses that are lit up already, it's like a race here! LOL You should move down here, they would love you! This is just my opinion, I am sure there are many with an opposing view, just go easy on me! LOL George

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I light mine up on Thanksgiving weekend. This year it went live on Sunday.

I actually had a couple of neighbors ask me if I was going to do "the Christmas light thing" again. I didn't get too much traffic last year, but thought it was neat that my neighbors were asking about it.

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No it's not too early, but your viewership should increase (perhaps dramatically) as you get close to Christmas. Also expect more on weekends.

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I've never had great numbers here. Some times I'll get six or seven cars at the same time, most of the time its a few here or there. It will get busy closer to Christmas just be patient they will come.

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I've been running since Thanksgiving day. First couple of days lots of people stopped. Last couple of nights only a few. Is it too early? We have had very little snow here. Maybe people aren't in the Christmas mood yet. It doesn't seem that people are riding around to see the lights. Then again not that many other people have their lights out. When you've spent all year building things for the display, your in the mood all year. You know what I mean. Just sounding off. Hope things get better as Christmas gets closer.

You are in the Christmas mood and that is the reason for running the lights. Just carry on doing this and people will follow your example. ;)

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I always wait until the day after Thanksgiving to turn the lights on, but I'm thinking of moving that to December 1st next year. I just don't seem to have the time to get everything up *and running correctly* by that Friday. I'm off work those 4 days anyway, so that gives me extra setup time. Most traffic shows up in December anyway, and until I have more LEDs, it'll help with the power bill.

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My neighborhood seems lit up to the hilt already, much more than in the past 5 years. I have never had my show ready before the first weekend in December ... and might be running by Thur this week or Friday at the latest, which is still early for me.

Your concern of lack of visitors is a common one, esp. with those in the first year or two. I noticed a significant increase from year one to two ... and expect this year to be even crazier. I still think having light crowds is a good thing, as some burn out on traffic jams, etc., so no desire for that here.

Word of mouth will get out the word about your display.

For me, in year #1 (2008) ... I initially got a little depressed ... till I got a knock on the door from a firefighter ... thanking me and telling me that his buddy was out in the car ... and he told me I had just 'made his buddies Christmas' for a family who was out in the car, snuggling with a Dad just back from Iraq. My heart stayed warm the rest of the month.

This year, some boys came by and said "I sure like your lights!" ... and then another one said "are you going to have the lasers again?". Funny, since I don't have lasers ... but got a kick out a boy thinking I did.

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I started getting questions in September about whether or not I would do a show again this year. I had a couple of requests to have the show running by Thanksgiving so visitors from out of town could see it. I went live last Wednesday - so IMO it is not too early.

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It puts the lotion on it's skin.
LOL That is too funny!!! I was surprised they were willing to come in, but they had been her to see my display for the fourth year in a row so......

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I started getting questions in September about whether or not I would do a show again this year. I had a couple of requests to have the show running by Thanksgiving so visitors from out of town could see it. I went live last Wednesday - so IMO it is not too early.

Yep, same here. We're in our third year and a number of people checked to see if we'd have the display running Thanksgiving night as they had visitors in from out of town and wanted to bring them by.

So no, it's not too early! The Kansas City Plaza lights go on Thanksgiving night so we do the same.

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