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Found My Motivation---A Neighbor's Child

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This will be my 4th year to do Light O Rama. A few weeks ago my grown son asked, "Do you know how the neighbors feel? THe folks across the street get this right in their front door. " Tonight the lady of the house across the st was sitting in her front yard so after I finished hanging lights for the day, I walked over to ask her how they felt about the light show. She said, "We love it." They have a son who has serious health problems and learning disabilities. He is permanently housebound. She said, "He sits in the door at night and watches the lights for hours." She went on to say, "We get in our car some nights, turn on the radio, and just spend the evening listening and watching so that he can hear and see them." I got so choked up I could hardly speak. I was afraid that my lights were too much for the neighborhood but tonight I found out that it entertains a little boy who can never leave the house and can hardly speak. I now know why I do this. Outdoor lighting started many years ago for our own son. He is now 30 years old and thinks the show is too much. But now it's for someone else's child. Just thought some of you might like to hear a word of encouragement when I know you are all fighting lights and electric motors, and wiring, and blowmolds, and computer glitches. I can tell you that for my part, it's going to be worth it, There is no way to measure the impact your show might be having for people you will never know.

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Thanks for the story.

Like you said, when we hear about what our shows bring to people, you forget the time you burnt yourself with the glue gun/soldering iron, cursed at how tie wraps become fragile and brittle in the cold, how the light strands refuse to extend properly, why the software refuses to do what you have seen others can do, when you tripped in the extension cord that was just barely reaching the connection and so on.

Then , you hear a story like yours and you feel so warm inside that no money could buy that feeling. To me, this is why we do it.

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Same over here, all the houses in my neighborhood have young children, so all the adults love it... they use their kids as an excuse, but at least three times last year we camped out on the neighbors yard and got merry for hours on end... Twice as big this year, so i'm hoping for twice as happy neighbor's...

and my son is now almost one and a half... so we'll see how much he enjoys it...

-chris

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Nice Reminder..for I am sure we all have a "light show" fan that we may never know of, but one who's holiday will be brighter by what we do.

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I put up a small Mr Christmas show (6 ch) last year with 5000 lights as a sort of experiment, my wife made me ask the neighbors thoughts (as some don't put up any lights?) and all I got was positive comments. Many of them brought their kids to see the show and the kids loved it. So this year I have moved up to 32 ch LOR controllers with 7-8,000 LED's, no blow molds yet as the budget won't cover it (both my wife & I are retired). I will have a 15' mega tree wit 2x16 and 10 mini-trees along with rope lights and plenty of roof & eve lights as well as the shrubs. Not sure where I am heading with this but I can already see where the obsession can lead as I just keep buying more stuff, FM transmitter, outside speakers, star frames and such. The list and the desire seems endless, I see how you can wake up one morning with 30,000 light to put up! (but it is so much fun!!)

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I put up a small Mr Christmas show (6 ch) last year with 5000 lights as a sort of experiment, my wife made me ask the neighbors thoughts (as some don't put up any lights?) and all I got was positive comments. Many of them brought their kids to see the show and the kids loved it. So this year I have moved up to 32 ch LOR controllers with 7-8,000 LED's, no blow molds yet as the budget won't cover it (both my wife & I are retired). I will have a 15' mega tree wit 2x16 and 10 mini-trees along with rope lights and plenty of roof & eve lights as well as the shrubs. Not sure where I am heading with this but I can already see where the obsession can lead as I just keep buying more stuff, FM transmitter, outside speakers, star frames and such. The list and the desire seems endless, I see how you can wake up one morning with 30,000 light to put up! (but it is so much fun!!)

Welcome to the light side and thank you for your service.

SSG Caceres

Edited by Mcas4380

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around march or april a little old lady came walking by as i was doing yard work. she wanted just to thank me for my christmas decorating. she said her and her husband use to decorate every year. they can no longer do it, and she said it made her really really happy everytime she came around the corner and saw my lights. i thought was great. i thank her and told her she could stop by anytime. she said she would see me this year for the display. so between people like her and my 5 year old daughter i have my work cut out for me. adding a pickup load of lights and blowups this year. i need to re wire alot of things this year. let the fun begin

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good story and got me choked up a bit myself reading. i am glad there may be a lil kid made happy by what we all do .. just goes to show ya the lil things do count ....

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Many have 1000's of people see their decorations each year. The thing is most of us don't know just how special those decorations might be to just one person.

We all have our own reasons for what we do but those reasons don't matter to that one special person that might be part of the crowd.

It is all about the smiles.

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