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If you have seen invasion of the Christmas lights some people start in September. Lets see some pics if you have started building your display.

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Did the outline of my roof yesterday.

1st time I have where I didn't freeze my butt off!

6 sets up one to go!

Might do the windows and door next week.

...its begining to look a like Christmas....

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Invasion of the Christmas lights......I vaguely remember the show.......Getting a late start but they are going up, just dont have time for pictures. Maybe in a week or two.

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If you have seen invasion of the Christmas lights some people start in September. Lets see some pics if you have started building your display.

We got 3 mega trees up and got 10 driveway arches done this last weekend..rbg ropelight from birddogdistributing..wiring Merry Christmas sign now....

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I will start in a few weeks. Will get everything up high on the roof taken care of before the cooler days. We've had such a strange summer that I'm afraid it might be a rough winter.

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Wow. I only thought I was a little behind because I just started some new cut outs. Guess its time to shift into high gear. I'll be starting my display in November.

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I don't know why, but questions like this REALLY bother me!!! Maybe I am just getting old and grumpy!!!

Have a Sugar cookie and eggnog, you will feel better. :D

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I don't know why, but questions like this REALLY bother me!!! Maybe I am just getting old and grumpy!!!

I'm with you. My first reaction was "are you kidding?" -- the leaves haven't even started to fall yet!

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I have to waite to rake the leaves for the back yard....and Halloween stuff to come down. This weekend I take inventory, been 2 years since last display so I'm lost. I have new inflatables to use so.... funny, cleaning garage kinda got me ramped up to go? :P .

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I started to hang lights last week,!!, boy it feels so good to be doing it again, and so nice when we have nice weather to do it in !!

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i have been working on lights being hung and working on repainting and restringing some stuff. also buying more stuff, never enough :) I have the swag lights hung on my wall, the roof trim is done, need to get some led icicles, the ones from last year did not work already this year, they were the elcheapo brand though. i also have the lights around the windows and my backdoor done. might work on the trees tomorrow (pine anyway)

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Started two weeks ago. It is taking longer and longer. I am having to change the way that I set up too. I am only putting out clear lights that I can first because the Florida sun fades everything. Next year I should pick up 4 days. That is how long it would take to do the roof, all 24,000 lights. All that walking up and down kills my legs and back. This year I am making "grids" for each channel out of PVC. I am making them on the roof to ensure they fit right and leaving them as I go. Once they are all done, I will take them down and put the lights on at ground level, then just "slide" them back up into place.

Next year, I just pull the labeled grids out, and POW, POW, POW. Should be awesome. I never take lights off unless they burn out or fade. Anyway, yes I have definitely started. The mega tree bases are up, I will finish the grids next weekend, get alll the reindeer up, mega's completed and everyhting else, the two weeks before Thanksgiving.

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Doing a time-lapse video of the setup for giggles. Not even close to having all the lights up yet! Taking the first two weeks off in November to "git 'er dun".

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I have to wait for the leaves to fall, plants to die, grass trimmed for the last time, and sprinklers shut up. So Thanksgiving weekend, Wednesday, Houston gives me the tho and we will have liftoff.

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Got my ridiculously overbuilt tube steel roof star on the roof (2nd row of pictures):

http://riegerchristmas.com/pictures.html

I don't know if your star is overbuilt; but, I do know that your wife is a saint. "Painting the light fan in the kitchen" -- are you kidding me??

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