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Leroy

A Surprise For Not Taking My Lights Down

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I have been very frustrated that my schedule has made it impossible for me to get the last of my lights down here in the middle of February.  I have never been so late.  My mega tree, Bethlehem star, roof lights, mini tree's, wireframes, blowmolds are down but my lights in the trees and on shrubs are still in place.  Today we had our first (and probably only) snow of the year.  Since some of my lights are still in the trees and on the bushes, I lit them up tonight.  They look wonderful against the snow.  I'm suddenly in the Christmas spirit again in the middle of February.  It feels really good  Can anyone relate?

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All my lights are pretty well frozen solid to the ground or roof. I have taken down what I can but most will have to wait until the spring when things start to thaw. Another 4-6" of snow coming this weekend...

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We have the same problem. With the crazy work hours and a winter of snow, ice, and high winds we still have our display up.So just for a good time we programmed some valentine day programs and ran them for a few days and with easter comming we figured we do some easter songs and run the display :)

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Glad I wasnt the only one running behind.  Just got my roof lights, star and mega down the other day.  Everything is down now but stacked in backyard.  Have to do some serious rearranging to get it all in storage this coming weekend.   Funny thing is, as I was taking the last of it down, my mind began racing about the things I want to accomplish for this year.

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Taking down the display always gets me to thinking about next year.  Right now I already have a couple of projects moving from the drawing board to fabrication.  But hearing about someone who can turn their lights on with SNOW, (I'm in Mississippi) Oh how I wish I could.

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i take mine down right after the day of christmas lol but its a great feeling tho :cool:

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