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Getting Ready For 2012 Christmas Set-Up


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Hello fellow Floridians!

I thought I would start a discussion about getting our houses and yards ready for display set-up. After a long hot, wet summer Floridians usually need a little extra work for display time. ( I live in Eustis, FL, in Central Florida.)

Here is what I do and when: I need to clean and organize the garage and then pull down the display items from the attic.The garage part will happen as soon as the temps get a little cooler. Hopefully sometime in the next two weeks. Then the attic. I like to work in the attic in the early morning. This gives the attic the whole night to cool off.

When temps are cooler I will start to clear under the trees. This will take a week. I cut low small branches and clean up the tree trunks. I clear the ground around each tree and remove any new tall weed, vine, or new tree growth.

I start setting-up the first Saturday in November. Right before, I find a warmer day to pressure wash the house and drive way. If I don't, the lights will highlight the mold, spiderwebs, and dirt. Yuk!

The last thing I do is the final mow. This happens either very late November or Early December. I install lights on house and roof, bushes, and over 60 tree trunks. When installing lights I only use one extension cord. I want to leave the grass free for the final mow. The day before or the day of installing all the ground decorations, I mow the grass on the lowest setting I can safely mow. Then, I install ground decorations.

I hope this is helpful to you.

What do you do to get your property ready and when?

Edited by Michael B
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I don't rake the leafs untill after Halloween, it gives the cemetery an extra creep fctor. November 1st is the final mow for me, I will rake leafs right up to Nov 11th.

I normally prune and primp the yard all summer so I don't have to do it when the wet cold weather comes in.

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We (my husband) trim the hedges. Then After Halloween, I pick up the mass amount of pecans and bring them to the pecan sheller. I leave the grass a tiny bit taller than usual, so it adds to the eerie effect for Halloween. I rake after Halloween so the yard looks good for Christmas. I get the pecans back and box them up and send them to relatives for Christmas. Then we pull out all the containers of lights and extension cords and bring them to the front yard, ready to be laid out the following week. It usually takes us about a month to set up our Christmas lights, and that is two people working many long hours each day. We have a big display. For halloween, it takes about two weeks to set it all up. Both take about a week to take down.

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I normally put out the count down clock by now with two mini trees flanking it by now. Halloween with go up the first weekend of October after I cut the grass and trim the bushes. After Halloween is over, I will start to bring down the Christmas boxxes and I put away Halloween so I can start testing. This year, with Thanksgivig being a week closer, I will start the first weekend of Novemeber with the gutters. I clean as I put up the decorations. Start with the gutters by hanging the lights and cleaning the gutters inside and out. After the gutters, I start to clean the rest of the front of the house before I put lights on it. Once everything is on the house and before I start the yard, I do a last mow and edge to get up any leaves then I start the blowmolds. After the blowmolds go down, I use an electric blow on low speed blow the leaves into a pile that I can then collect.

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it has been going up since Aug....I have 4 mega trees up now..I take the first week in Oct. off from work to put LOR show up...next walk-ways then Nov. 1st the 500 inflatables go out....

A magazine writer is coming over today to do an interveiw on set up..

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it has been going up since Aug....I have 4 mega trees up now..I take the first week in Oct. off from work to put LOR show up...next walk-ways then Nov. 1st the 500 inflatables go out....

A magazine writer is coming over today to do an interveiw on set up..

That sounds cool. I Hope the interview is fun.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I cleaned my garage today and that was a bad thing. It made me realize how much work I have to do in a short time. Work is taking a lot of time, time I'm not spending on my display. I have most items organized in the garage now.

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The decorations came down in october to begin testing. We began tge weekend after halloween by decorating the crepe myrtls and magnolia trees. This weekend will be the house and roof line followed by the final mow and trimming. We will have to design our display for a possible re-mow mid season if we have another rainy season. During the week we prepare strings and display items in the house.

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Day 1 of actuall lights going up. We placed over 25 wire reindeer and staked them into the ground,ran 3 of 4 arches over the big drive way, placed our 102 Dalmations out, ran our 150' 30 amp cord over the roof,100'25 amp cord, and 75' 25 amp cords. Not lite...not fun. Started running lights tonight, cool out and minimal skeeters. Converted LOR over to the new laptop, boxxes on the roof.. Up early at 9:00am with help from the high school kids. We're not huge but we do a nice job of covering the frontage of a square acre in Old Plantation. Ran 48 channels for about 5 or 6 years and last year lost two boxxes during the week of Christmas, they got burned up pretty bad. Got em all fixxed up and were ready to go again.

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Paul D, do you have any pics of your magnolia trees decorated? I have a HUGE magnolia tree in my front yard that I need to do something with.

Ok, I didn't see this until now. But as you have probably seen, my magnolias are rather young, so i just strung them with RGW together, i wrapped it going up horizontally, then I wrapped them going vertically. Last year I used Net Lights on them. They looked good, but I used the nets on my new shrubs this year.

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