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When Is Everyone Starting To Decorate This Year?

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OK every year around Sept we start talking about when we begin to decorate. Well it is Sept. 3 so no time like the present.

Let's see, Thanksgiving is Nov 22nd this year so that means fewer weeks in November to get ready. I also know some of us have such big displays we start by mid/late Sept. So let's hear it.

I plan to start around mid October, a week or two before Halloween. You know knock out the roof and trees. Once the Halloween decor comes down then full speed ahead with the house and yard.

What about everyone else?

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It seems like just yesterday this thread came up talking about 2011. Is it that soon already? lol

Last year I started on Nov. 1, but I was a week later than I wanted to finish. I guess that means I need to start about mid October then. I always do the north side of the house first and save the ground and roof for last since the sun can really fade those incans if they are out too long.

Thanksgiving is really early this year. No one wants to be caught off guard by that.

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I usually start the first of November. However the Wife and I are expecting and our first child and he is due right around the first of Dec. and he is already measuring a couple weeks ahead of schedule. So he might he coming in Nov! So I might have to get most of the house lights on before Halloween. Lol

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Halloween will start going up in a week or two, no later hopefully to finish by Oct 1. Christmas should start going up second week in Nov. hopefully for Dec.1 That's if everything goes right witch never happens, specially with everything getting changed around thanks to last years Oct, snow storm taking out my front tree.

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I know everyone thinks i'm a bit crazy but I will start next weekend. In fact, I traditionally do some of my roof stuff on Labor Day but it was 104 degrees yesterday--just TOO HOT! My first item is usually my Holdman Bethlehem star as it is the biggest thing I have. I have to travel for my job a good bit in October when other foiks are probably hard at work so I get going as soon as I can. I did wrap lights for my firesticks over the weekend but I could do that inside--in the A/C. Frankly, my neighbors do think I'm a bit crazy when I start putting out lights in Sept but they do seem to enjoy them when they come on.

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Starting the first week of October,as usual.Any lights going up on the house,not on the lawn where trick-or treaters walk,are the first priority.And yes,my neighbors always ask if I am nuts!That question is moot.

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I start decorating around the first weekend of October and start Christmas around November 11th or 12th.

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I always do Halloween a few days - week before. This isn't as much fun as it could be - Trick-or-Treating is pretty much over before it gets dark.

Christmas will start the evening of November 2nd.

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Sometime around Oct 1st I start putting up my lights around the house and windows and the poles for the fence goes in because I use some them for Halloween so I can get away with putting them up early.

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I was planning to start this past weekend because of possibly having to go out of state for work reasons October-November. Wasn't going to turn anything on, and overly Halloween and Christmas as much as possible. But got an unexpected chance to spend a day with the grandson; at 3 weeks he isn't yet capable of helping much. Maybe will start pulling the bush lights out tonight after work and testing them, then putting them up. White, orange, and multicolored.

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I too will start this month, since I have so many lights and just me to set it up, I will start earlier this year than prior years. Will put up the lights on roof, shed and cherry tree this month, in October will start placing bush lights and running cords that will not interfer with Halloween visitors.

Will also setup lights on large trees during October, that way November first will let me start on the lawn and running all the extension cords to get this setup - months of work for weeks of running. I have decided that Christmas Light Display Junkies are really a strange group of people, but always friendly and fun to deal with. :P

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I start Halloween a few days before Oct 1st so I can start my show on the 1st. Nov 1st is all comes down and then I drag Christmas stuff out and test it etc. Thanksgiving day starts the setup followed by black Friday to finish. Show starts that night. At least that's how I did it last year. This will only be my second year.

I was lazy this year as the lights on the house never got taken down. Despite the wife and her constant asking if I was ever going to take em down. That is until I showed here where the ladders were and taught her how to set em up! LOL. She stopped asking. I meant to take em down as I was going to build a framework for the lights for each window. I still have time. Maybe LOL

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I will start Halloween this weekend, lights on the house and testing. The show will start mid September, christmas I will begin the week before thanks giving so I can have lights on by black Friday

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Christmas starts October 15th. Advertising for Christmas starts Halloween night. :)

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My wife laughed at me for being up on the ladder mid October last year but it sure beats trying to pry frozen fingers from the ladder rungs in November. I swear, you southern folks should be forced to put up lights just once in a real winter. Nothing like balancing on a ladder that's resting on a snow covered driveway in 30mph winds at -30 degrees celcius while watching the sun go down at 4pm.

Grumble grumble gumble...

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My wife laughed at me for being up on the ladder mid October last year but it sure beats trying to pry frozen fingers from the ladder rungs in November. I swear, you southern folks should be forced to put up lights just once in a real winter. Nothing like balancing on a ladder that's resting on a snow covered driveway in 30mph winds at -30 degrees celcius while watching the sun go down at 4pm.

Grumble grumble gumble...

LOL I agree!! Nothing like a New York winter to play with lights....

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My wife laughed at me for being up on the ladder mid October last year but it sure beats trying to pry frozen fingers from the ladder rungs in November. I swear, you southern folks should be forced to put up lights just once in a real winter. Nothing like balancing on a ladder that's resting on a snow covered driveway in 30mph winds at -30 degrees celcius while watching the sun go down at 4pm.

Grumble grumble gumble...

Hey, I take offense to that, it was plenty hard putting lights up last year in the high 70's, with a light breeze, while wearing shorts. Well maybe not. At least you guys can actually have a white Christmas!

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Hey, I take offense to that, it was plenty hard putting lights up last year in the high 70's, with a light breeze, while wearing shorts. Well maybe not. At least you guys can actually have a white Christmas!

And dodging the mosquitoes, gnats and other bugs.

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Preparing my Halloween right now for a light up on the 1st of October. Setup Christmas in the afternoon of November 11 (respect remembrance day and the vets, being one myself!) but don't light them up until the 27th of November.

I know cold and lights don't mix. Nothing like having to take a hair dryer to a frozen SPT vampire plug from rain from the previous night. Been there done that bought a t-shirt.

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Working on cleaning up yard debris from some storms that blew through here over the last few weeks. Then I plan some extra tree and bush trimming. Kathy is planning another Halloween party for grandkids and I've got to get power and stuff set up. She wants to decorate outside 2 elementary schools and inside 1 also for Halloween. Last weekend she bought 6 inflatables. Looks like all are working okay except for the Haunted house. It is not blowing up all the way. Still looking for unzipped zippers or holes. Did find that there is a zipper behind the zipper where the noise box that is wired to the strobe lights that go through the inside. Closing that one helped some but still have some problems. Nearly all the C7 bulbs have to be changed out. Kathy's favorite is the 2 horse drawn hearse with a reaper driving and another rising from the coffin in back.

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Normally I start unboxing, checking then reboxing all the lights in July. Then the build starts Sept. 1 - high stuff first, working on evenings and weekends. The serious work is in November. For the past three years I have been fortunate enough to be able to take the entire month of November off and work full time on lights. It is amazing how crazy a display can get after 21 years, adding something new every year. Sadly, taking November off is not an option this year for economic and other reasons, so I am left with a unbelievably hard decision, scale back or take a year off. I have always been a all or nothing guy so I just cant imagine going from 300,000 lights to say 30,000 That being said, for the first time in 21 years Collingwood Lights will remain dark this Christmas. I look forward to following everybody's progress but during this normally joyous time of year I cant even imagine the sadness I am setting myself up for.

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We have been going since August 1st...and just got set back a week when the storm took out my Mega tree. I just got it up 27 feet..that same night..down it came.....10,000 lights have to be strung up again. Hope to have 4 mega trees done by end of month..working on second one now....lightshow goes up Oct. 1st. next walkways and nov. 1st inflatables go up until Thanksgiving.

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