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Christmas Display Is Done!

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Well it took me about 2 weeks but I got my display up and finished. Had some bad wind that blew some things over but... was a good test as I strapped a few things down better and we are all good!!!

 

So I started decorating last year and had about 17000 lights in a mostly static display. This year with the addition of a mega tree and a driveway tunnel and some other elements I have managed to go just over 35,000.

I did an electrical test this morning and everything seems to be on and working ok. Here are some daytime pictures...

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You certainly got a lot crammed in to that little yard...lol....be nice to see some night pictures of it! And i love your driveway arches!

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Well you have to rub it in (LOL)  I still have 10,000 feet of extention cord to run ........wrap my spiral tree (wat a pain that is) finish the mega tree install the singingtree quartet with 500 ft of extention for that then hook everything to the 18 controllers......and what am I doing....reading posts on PC .........except it's to dam windy to do anything outside ..had 3 elements go down from last nights blow

So,,,,,,,Guess I thru venting!!!!!  for now :blush:

 

PS.....Your display looks great!!!

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looks nice, good mix of different types.

 

We  will not get finished this year. We will just get done what we get done.

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Our theme is the north pole so we tried to put in things that you would find at the north pole/ santas workshop.

I am adding one or two more things but lights on in 10 days

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Thanks Guys. I enjoy the music but I love my static display, I will have some more moving animated pieces finished for next year. For now I am happy with it. I will move a bit more to LED next year as my light count is sure to go up from 33k this year.

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