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What's Your Goal?

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I feel we should all have a goal for our displays. Whether it would be more lights, a certain design, more controller boxes, or even just to have that one item that really makes your display, like a huge mega tree. I just was wondering what everyone's goal for their display is? Feel free to explain as much or as little as you want.

 

Here is my goal:

I want it to be like walking in to a winter wonderland. Not with a bunch of wood cutouts, or blowmolds or inflatables. But will all lights. And just lights... 30' mega trees on each side of the property. One huge Bethlehem star 50' up in the air behind the display in the backyard behind the house. The house completely covered in lights. Just all around walking in to a different world. Not having the yard cluttered at the same time.

 

We all have goals in life.Whether it would be with your Christmas display....or having a nice house. You have to find that happy medium between what you want, what you can afford, and what is available. At least with Christmas decorations the sky is the limit...literally.

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I don't know if I really have a "goal." I get ideas throughout the year, and sudden bursts of inspiration. For instance, last year while my display was up, I decided I wanted a patriotic element to my display for this year, so I made an American flag out of two net lights. While shopping after Halloween, I ran across a small Woodstock soft tinsel sculpture and thought my wife would like it... that idea evolved into a Snoopy-themed element that was central to my display this year. My display creation process seems to be pretty organic.

 

Sometimes I'm pretty satisfied with the display, and other times I am not, but that is what inspires me for the next year. This year, I was pretty happy with my display, but I did have some gaps that I intend to fill next year. My intention is always to make myself happy with the display. We live in a small subdivision several miles out of town, so we don't get much traffic, but I have noticed over the years that I have a few "regulars" who come by to see the display with their kids at some point during the season (oddly, they always mention the Halloween display I put up each year, which is very small in comparison; a fake cemetery, some skulls, and maybe 400 lights).

 

I try not to get too driven by my hobbies... once I get too invested in them, they stop being fun and then I don't enjoy them anymore. I don't necessarily want to be driven by goals, but just get out and have some fun, and maybe some other folks might get to enjoy it, too.

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From a display perspective I have three goals 1) manage my GFCI issue if not eliminate it reduce it 2) find a way to fill in the open space in the yard with just lights, no blow molds or blow ups. 3) figure out a way to get more lights on the 30-40 foot roof line without a) killing myself and B) spending a small fortune renting a cherry picker Other than that, I want to have more fun. This year wasn't as fun as it has been. Partly due to my perfectionist type A personality.

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Here is my goal:

I want it to be like walking in to a winter wonderland. Not with a bunch of wood cutouts, or blowmolds or inflatables. But will all lights. And just lights... 30' mega trees on each side of the property. One huge Bethlehem star 50' up in the air behind the display in the backyard behind the house. The house completely covered in lights. Just all around walking in to a different world. Not having the yard cluttered at the same time.

I'm with you on those goals.  Everyone has a theme, and I've seen people pull off the cutout theme pretty well, but for me it's just lights.  I also like to keep things clean.  I don't throw stuff in the yard just to put lights on it, it has to have a purpose and look like part of the landscape.  Christmas decorating to me is about accentuating the features of your house and landscape.  I think megas work great in doing that as they do look like trees, but I don't much care for the big matrix hanging on someone's wall or giant fan in a front yard. My canvas is getting pretty full, so my goal would be to find a new and creative way of adding to the display without it looking like too much.

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My goals are similar to those already mentioned:

1) great display with lights only (and no controllers)

2) look good during the day too

3) don't clutter the yard

4) stick to my colour scheme (blue, pure white and green)

5) make as many elements as I can instead of buying everything

6) keep those LED strings as straight as possible!

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I'm with you on those goals.  Everyone has a theme, and I've seen people pull off the cutout theme pretty well, but for me it's just lights.  I also like to keep things clean.  I don't throw stuff in the yard just to put lights on it, it has to have a purpose and look like part of the landscape.  Christmas decorating to me is about accentuating the features of your house and landscape.  I think megas work great in doing that as they do look like trees, but I don't much care for the big matrix hanging on someone's wall or giant fan in a front yard. My canvas is getting pretty full, so my goal would be to find a new and creative way of adding to the display without it looking like too much.

Well i've saw your display on YouTube as well as the behind the scenes and you do a fantastic job! May next year you could add a 4th color, or maybe just make the mega trees taller. Also i do too love a clean display. This is my first year at a clean display. Before i had the inflatables, and the yard cluttered. I like just lights far better. I have a couple blowmold i put out to make a little scene with 2 snowman and some trees. And soldiers on each side of the arch. But inflatables look like colored garbage bags during the day. At least blowmolds look like Christmas during the day

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i will be posting a few pics of my static display soon, but have multiple goals for next year

1) add animation elements while keeping most parts of this years display mostly static

2) Add more color (multicolor strings  get a little confusing), so will cut down their usage
3) add at least 3k more lights

4) add one large element

5) add santa and reindeer to roofline

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My goal is to bring enjoyment to everyone that watches the display...

So I cover every inch of my yard in lights :)

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