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Unfortunately, it is that time again... Christmas 2013 is in the rear-view mirror, and it is time for me to take down to the Christmas tree. The exterior display will stay lit until New Year's Eve, but then it will start coming down and disappearing into the shed behind the lawnmower and other implements of domesticated life.

 

This is always a little depressing for me. I start getting amped up for Christmas right after Halloween, and spend a couple of weekends getting the display put up, then another couple of weeks rushing around to get gifts for the kids. By about 2PM on Christmas afternoon, it always feels like the season is over, and then it lingers for about another week until everything eventually ends up back in boxes.

 

I'm always a little sullen for a couple of weeks after Christmas... the bright lights of the holiday season are quenched, and the wintery darkness returns for another three months. It's never enough to discourage me from another display the next year, but it's a tough couple of weeks.

 

Am I the only who gets this feeling?

 

 

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Who says the Christmas season is over?  I just spent today putting up 16 strings of icicle strings that I purchased from HLE 2014 pre-sale.  They had it in stock and delivered it on Friday.  Since the Christmas season is not officially over until Jan. 12th, there is still two weeks left to enjoy!

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Who says the Christmas season is over?  I just spent today putting up 16 strings of icicle strings that I purchased from HLE 2014 pre-sale.  They had it in stock and delivered it on Friday.  Since the Christmas season is not officially over until Jan. 12th, there is still two weeks left to enjoy!

 

Not sure my wife operates with that same calendar, lol. When do you put up your display?

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Not sure my wife operates with that same calendar, lol. When do you put up your display?

 

This is my first year of putting up lights.  I did something small (just roof outline and windows).  Then I purchased icicles for next year, but they arrived immediately.  So why not?  I put up the lights during the week of Thanksgiving and I am going to adhere to the ending of the official Christmas season.

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New Years eve is the final show, that is when I officially start on next Christmas. I now have my controllers out of operation and can use them to create new sequences and elements. I have a better chance of getting more lights and display items if I stretch it out over a long period of time. Then she doesn't think I spend as much. :)

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It is always dark after all the lights are down. My grandma and i went out to eat and she wanted the lights out while we were gone, and it was so sad to see the house all dark when we came back. If it is nice on new years day i will start taking lights down, and they usually don't get all the way down until Valentines day depending on weather. And then it's organizing the garage where they are stored........it's always sad when the lights are down.....but always planning to outdo myself the following year!

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We took our outside display down yesterday. It took us about 5 hours to get everything hauled back to storage, 200+ blowmolds, many strands of lights, poles, signs, etc. We made pretty good time this year. It's amazing how much quicker it comes down than goes up! I hate this time of the year because as said by others, the season goes by so fast. We can still carry the spirit of the season as long as we can into the new year, but that becomes more and more difficult by the negative attitudes of others and the rudeness/tragedies we witness on a daily basis. I am challenging myself to try and carry the Christmas spirit throughout 2014.

 

On another note, I have been thinking and preparing to switch our display over in the near future to a more traditional, country type Christmas display with garland, bows, clear lights, wreaths, and candles. I know some people will be disappointed who have come to see us year after year, but it would be nice to have a "country Christmas" and to spend less time decorating and more time enjoying the season and family. We'll see how soon that happens.

 

I hope all of your 2014's get off to a spectacular start and don't worry, the blues will fade and just take advantage of TODAY!

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Why do you guys turn off the lights so early? The 12 days of Christmas end on January 6th? 

 

In all my life, I've never met anyone who celebrates the 12 days. I've always understood that to be an Old World religious custom, and not particularly adopted as part of the traditional American Christmas season. Most of my neighbors take down their decorations the Saturday after Christmas, and I generally tend to follow suit so as not to be annoyance.

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I find take-down and storage to be much easier than putting up (but I don't have to contend with cold weather, either). This year will be slightly different, because I need to put some brackets in the rafters of my storage shed to store the mega tree pole, the candy canes, and also need to figure out a way to hang the icicle lights so they stay relaxed until next season.

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I was hopping to keep everything up and lit until the 31st. But with a snowstorm in the forecast for the end of the week, it's looking like tomorrow will be the day I start taking things down. :( But on a bright side, I've already started working on projects for next year! :D

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