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2012 Christmas Display (Biggest One For Us So Far)

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This Saturday Dec. 1st we had our annual Christmas Lighting. We had over 150 kids visit Santa. They received a free Santa Hat from Santa Claus and a candy cane from on of our elves. While the kids and parents waited in line for the arrival of Santa and for the lights to go on we projected a movie (Home Alone) onto our Santa House. We also had free hot chocolate and cookies. You could also visit Santas reindeer in our deer pen. This year we also had one of our friends from Sesame Street....Elmo, who came for pictures with the kids. This year we played Wishes, as some of you may know is the song from Disney World, during the song the first thing we lit was our 40ft tall mega tree. We also et off fireworks during the song. Than after a little while we put on all the lights, than came the arrival of Santa on our local firetruck that the fire dept. left us use. A local carpet store has also provide a brand new piece of carpet for the Santa House.This year I think we have doubled in size with more blow molds and lights. I am going to go around when I have a chance to get an official count on how many blow molds we have.

Now onto the pictures/videos. The first set of videos is of our opening night, unfortunately I couldn't get the video of the lights going on.

http://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/user/sdunn_mvm/media/2012%20Christmas%20Display/christmasss700.mp4.html

http://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/user/sdunn_mvm/media/2012%20Christmas%20Display/christmasss701.mp4.html

http://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/user/sdunn_mvm/media/2012%20Christmas%20Display/christmasss699.mp4.html

http://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/user/sdunn_mvm/media/2012%20Christmas%20Display/christmasss698.mp4.html

The next video is later in the night when every has left. I alsolike to get a video when no one is walking around. This is video one of two, which is the left side of our dispkay. I could not get the second video that night, because the battery dies on the video camera. I will work on getting that and the pictures of it also so please keep checking back.

(The videos is still uploading) Coming soon

We also made the front page in our local news paper. And our local news station (WNEP16) is suppose to stop by and do a story on it.

(Pictures from paper still to come)

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please keep checking back for more videos/pictures. We had rain and high winds just about everyday the past week so its really bad over there. Today was the first day without rain or wind so I went over and tried to fix some things up a bit. I hope to have videos by the end of the week.

thanks and sorry for the delay

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