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With less than a month until light-up (Thanksgiving for me), just curious as to how everyone is coming along. I'm pretty much on schedule. I have my electrical nearly done, all hardware built and tested, 4 songs fully sequenced with a couple more in the works, and nearly all planned props built. I still need to make my coro Merry Christmas sign and buy a few more light sets. Hopefully everything will continue to go smoothly as I have been planning basically all year.

How's your schedule looking?

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way behind on sequencing, This is my first year and I'm starting with 32 channels. I now wish I had one more unit. Some elements will just have to run static for this year. Needless to say I'm stressing. Good news is because I am a school teacher I have 6 vacation days before lights on!

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Finishing up some customer sequences and then reworking a few of mine. Have nearly all my displays built (added shooting stars and light poles this year). Controllers are addressed and tested. Pretty much on schedule for Thanksgiving Night.

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I'm sure it will be down to the wire as usual for us. We finished putting out the rest of our Halloween today (the animatronics) and we are set to go! Getting lots of visitors all week stopping by. We do a big display for both Halloween and Chrismtas so it takes a long time to put up.

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Just getting started. Got to try to co-ordinate the stuff for our yard and get new cutouts done so Kathy can get them painted for school. Lots of new Sherwood Gingerbread to get ready for her. Hoping that mornings after I get off from work, I can get some done. Taking vacation time right now. 5 days on and 13 off til end of the year. I have a few Santa visits to do in Dec. Next few days is finishing up the Halloween storage and start moving the Christmas out a little at a time. Last year did not put half up that I got out so I plan to take out only what I'm putting up at any one time. Wanting to have a cleaner look outside this year and not so much clutter.

Yall be safe, ya hear.

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I started this weekend. I would like to think that things are going smoothly; but I always live with Murphy's Law.

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Going great hear in North Georgia. I got unexpected help and the blessing of great weather and was able to Finish my setup over the weekend. Even had time to stop by Christmas in Cumming (RedNeckChristmas) and give them a hand. Can't wait until my reveal night. Hope everything continues to go smoothly.

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Hmmmmm Going cRaZy here in the metro Atlanta area..... Behind on Putting the lights up.....Behind on Sequencing.......Behind on the Mortgage after buying Christmas Lights and Hardware LOL...... Shhhhhhhhh Don't tell the wife...

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All is on schedule in Marietta. 20' mega pole and base are up and guy wired. All Props built, all lights tested, all sequences done. Will start stringing up and the mega tree next week and and get controllers wired in. And then will wrap up Thanksgiving weekend. We dont fire up imtil December 1 so i have some time.

Good luck to you all, hope all displays go off without a hitch and Merry Christmas,

Mike

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We're doing pretty good. Since we both work long hour, we have Animated Lighting do our shows (Be Nice). Hope to finish up the outside this weekend. We built our 20 ft mega tree last weekend. The roof is finished. Nearly done with the inside as well. Huge party here on Dec 3 .

Have a good season everyone.

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