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Elaine F

2010 Christmas Display on the Space Coast of Florida

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I was really bummed that I got such a late start this year, but I finally have most of my display up! Mostly the same as last year, but I have a few new pieces I'm excited about -- mainly my church, and my choir. And this year I did my first mega tree! It's just 10 feet tall, but it adds a lot of light to the scene. And of course, it's topped with a blow mold angel! I hope y'all enjoy! :)

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Here's a shot of the entire front yard, along with a picture of my latest choir peeps who are singing inside this year.

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Very nice display. How did you hang the sled and reindeer

I used the plastic coated cable, pretty small sized, probably 1/8". Drilled holes in front and back of the sleigh and each reindeer. I ran the cable through each, then put a loop in each end of the cable, and crimped it closed using (I think it's called) a grommit (it's in Home Depot right next to the cable). Then I screwed a really big hook into the wood fascia above the front porch. Behind Santa, I hammered one of those really heavy duty stakes into the ground (the kind you chain a dog to - except I removed the chain - and the dog) and attached the cable loop to the caribiner that came on the stake. I had a friend help me attach the cable to the stake so I could put the stake far enough back to get Santa up off the ground. Last year it wasn't as far back, and Santa was only a couple of inches off the ground. Oh, also, behind the sleigh and each reindeer, I put a tiny piece of foam rubber around the cable and held it on with a tie wrap. This keeps the reindeer and sleigh from sliding down the cable.

The most difficult part was getting them out of the attic, because now they act as one unit. With the loops in the cable, I can't remove the cable from the sleigh and reindeer. I'm going to rig something to just hang everything in the garage from now on, because I'd like to add more reindeer until I have all 9. I'll probably do them in sets of 2, side by side.

I'll take some pictures tomorrow morning, and post them here. I read a few threads last year, and the year before and used suggestions from other PC'ers. Here are a couple of the threads:

http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/24004-Make-sleigh-and-reindeer-quot-Fly-quot?highlight=blow%20mold%20reindeer%20air

http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/26607-Santa-is-flying-THANKS-to-you-all?highlight=flying

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Great job Elaine. Your mold collection is coming along :) Maybe you can add a duck :)

Thanks, Andrew! Maybe I will add a duck! I have an extra Santa hat I could put on him, so he should fit right in! ;)

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How bout a goose?? : ) Very nice display!!!

I think I'm supposed to have 2 ducks before I get a goose! ;)

And, thank you!

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Elaine,

What's your address? I'd like to see the display...I'm just up in West Melbourne. Are you gonna post on bclights.com?

John

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It just looks great, I like your choir I really like the little Beco kids! the tree is done so nicely it all looks perfect.

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Thank you all for the nice comments! :)

Thanks, Gary, but I'll pass on the snow! Although the kids would like to see snow sometime. I got my indoor choir kids off eBay. They were listed as Bel Air, but they don't have any markings. I'm looking for my catalog CD from Mel to see if I can confirm, but I can't seem to locate the CD just yet. I'll post if I get a confirmation.

Ironman, sorry for the delay. Here are the pictures of how I hung Santa's sleigh. One more picture will be in the next post.

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Thanks again, everybody!

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I love your choir, especially the larger ones in the back row. I hope to find some of these this next year. Thanks for sharing. Andy from Tn.

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