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When Is Everyone Starting To Decorate This Year?

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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.

Bill, I took last year off. I'm back this year. Last year, I put up my wire frame Nativity, 2 lighted candy canes, and a couple more wireframes. It took one hour. I loved having the little display and the time off. I needed it. Enjoy your break this year.

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Do we all need to join together and show up at your house one weekend to help!? :lol:

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Bill I am sure there wil be many, many sad people this Christmas up where you live. Always look forward to see what you got going on each year. You are right though, after years and years of doing this it is amazing how crazy things get. One of these years I will probably take a Christmas off and just throw a few things out.

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Do we all need to join together and show up at your house one weekend to help!? :lol:

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I think this sounds like a Great idea for a Mini any Newbie's locally could LEARN from Bill. Bill if i was closer I would also ask to help. I really enjopy video,s of your display. But i think if you take a down year you should still put something out.

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I'll start the first week of November I guess, going to be at a new place so still have to figure out how I'll do my display. So more time the better. Lights will go on Probably the 1st of December.

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I do all my tree wraps mid October, then end of the first week in November I put the star on the roof, icicles go up and all the c9 go on the house. mid November I put out all my controllers run my wiring. Thanksgiving weekend I add the 9 fake trees and 4 arches, and have a couple days to do my test runs

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We are going to start with the roof elements next week, while the weather is still nice. Plus I have to leave the country on business for a 3 week business trip.

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Planning to start setting up the show as soon as I get my controller / MP3 Director.

As it's our first year doing a computerized display, we are going to start setting up much earlier than usual, so that we allow for any time of running late or running into mistakes / issues.

So am thinking to start putting up lights mid-November, that way we should be good to go with the lights from the first week of December.

People over here crib and moan constantly when Christmas decs / supplies are put up too early, so will have to talk to the surrounding neighbours also I think with what we plan to do so that the neighbourhood doesn't turn against us :o

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I think we will be starting in about 4 weeks. Wrap all the trees in mid October maybe do the roof weekend for Halloween and then I'll start getting the mega trees up beginning of November.

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Starting this weekend ;)

The lovely humidity in florida is coming down for a couple days and hopefully no hurricanes pop up to slow me down this year. :cool:

The lights go on the saturday after thanksgiving this year. :huh:

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I'II start taking every thing out of our building the third or fourth week of this month, and then start full speed on Nov. 1st. Hopefully to be done by the weekend before Thanksgiving!?! That's working on it every day, and good weather.

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I start tomorrow - decorate the cherry tree and put lights on the bushes over the next few weeks - then start tree wraps november 1st - too many squirells to start sooner.

I have to start now or i will never make the day after thanksgiving start up -

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I always start November first and I do three weeks of phases.

Week 1, all roof work.

Week 2, All lights on house work.

Week 3, 100+ blow molds, and tree work.

First light up on Thanksgiving.

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Lights are going up now, actually started last week, we usually have lights

Going up the first day of October, due to nice weather, lights

Always

Go up faster in better temperatures , at least for us, we have 3 houses we do so naturally it takes a lot longer to decorate all the houses

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i usually start taking my Halloween decor down on Halloween night just before i'm ready to hit the hay...that way come the next morning of november 1st i'll have all morning to start cleaning & vacuuming & to rearrange furniture as needed indoors. growing up, the only outdoor setup i helped put together was at my grandparents house...we never did something for our place (barely decorated, if at all), mainly it was indoors. i used to decorate my bedroom every yr but since i moved out this past May, this'll be my 1st official Xmas on my own so i've asked one of my good friend's who's also my neighbor in the apartment building where i live, to come & help me this year. extra "man-power" is always a plus, lol! i dont usually decorate for thanksgiving due so little interest in some of the decorations available at my local craft stores. i'm really looking forward to Xmas 2013! i've been trying to figure out what my indoor displays will look like this year & i've got some good ideas flowing so far, pretty soon i'll have the whole layout of my apartment planned out for Christmas 2013!! YAY!!

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This year is going to be a little more difficult for us as we will be out of town on Halloween and not return until November 1st.  We usually take all the outdoor halloween down on halloween night, but this year it's going to have to wait until the weekend.  Once its all packed away, we will start getting things ready for the christmas show.

 

Does anyone ever start putting christmas lights out before halloween on areas that are not already decorated with halloween?  We have a bunch of bushes on one side of our property that I was considering pre-lighting in October so that I could concentrate on other areas of the yard in November once halloween has been put away.  Hell, I even thought about layering my bushes with christmas lights and then put the halloween lights on top.  Then when halloween was over, I could strip the halloween off the top and Christmas would already be on.  LOL

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 We have a bunch of bushes on one side of our property that I was considering pre-lighting in October so that I could concentrate on other areas of the yard in November once halloween has been put away.  Hell, I even thought about layering my bushes with christmas lights and then put the halloween lights on top.  Then when halloween was over, I could strip the halloween off the top and Christmas would already be on.  LOL

 

That would be a time saver, but if using incandescent lights the sun can really do some damage over prolonged time.  Colored lenses on the bulbs can fade quite a bit.  Red turns to pink and green to pastel green over a few years. Blue turns to clear almost immediately.  The first lights I put up (and last to take down) are on the north side of the house, because those areas don't see any sunlight and will avoid the fading.  This last year the weather prevented me from taking down megas until late February, so I lowered the strands and threw a tarp over them to keep the sun away.

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That would be a time saver, but if using incandescent lights the sun can really do some damage over prolonged time.  Colored lenses on the bulbs can fade quite a bit.  Red turns to pink and green to pastel green over a few years. Blue turns to clear almost immediately.  The first lights I put up (and last to take down) are on the north side of the house, because those areas don't see any sunlight and will avoid the fading.  This last year the weather prevented me from taking down megas until late February, so I lowered the strands and threw a tarp over them to keep the sun away.

 

I use 99.9% leds now, but my c6's are all plastic caps so the sun could fade those....

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Does anyone ever start putting christmas lights out before halloween on areas that are not already decorated with halloween?

 

This year I have thought about putting my RGB lights on the roofline and around the windows in mid-October.  That way I can use them for Halloween (orange, purple, etc) and they will already be in place for Christmas.

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You guys are all way late for me. I start October 1 at the very latest. High stuff first.

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At a campground in Conn and they have Christmas In July, all campsites are putting up lighs and everything. One site has a 24 foot Santa blowup lights and the whole bit. Wish I had brought a unit or two and some lights, oh will next year>>> And like Bill I start in Oct with high things using bucket truck and putting up towers.

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