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Got everything down yesterday except some LEDs on the back deck that change color. I just love them So glad I came across this forum. Already have great ideas that are not only going to make life easier but really start taking things to the next level without spending the kids college fund HAPPY 2014

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Yep. I got it all down in about 3 days. I had put most of it in the garage so I could work on organizing it down in the basement which I have finished about 95%. Glad I brought it all in... it is snowing and I probably would not have gotten to it for a couple of weeks.

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Yep. I got it all down in about 3 days. I had put most of it in the garage so I could work on organizing it down in the basement which I have finished about 95%. Glad I brought it all in... it is snowing and I probably would not have gotten to it for a couple of weeks.
Yeah I am glad I got it all in as today is raining and I probably wouldn't have gotten it down until the weekend. The basement is a mess, but I can work on that next weekend during the playoffs. Going to really work on organizing better heading into next year
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I had about 8000 lights up this year, about half static and half dynamic.  16 mini trees, four arches with 60 RGB elements per arch, icicles on front of house, nets on bushes, and a small homemade nativity scene with blow molds of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph.  I got it all down and "staged" in my garage in one day but based on my progress so far it will take me about 5 days to get it all put up and organized.  Of course, I had to "gut" a large part of my work shop to remove a work bench and install a good-sized shelving system for all my new stuff.  So the 5 days is including a lot of "first and only time I will have to do it" items like building the shelves and organizing all my new stuff and putting it on the shelves.  I am trying to minimize what I put up in the attic.  The disappearing stairs are convenient, but they always feel "rickety" to me so only what had to go up there!  Trying to really think thru how I am putting everything up so it minimizes work next Christmas season!!

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Now just wait a minute- just for some of our sanity. How many lights does your show have? Personally, I have over 70,000 and after working a full day I only have packed up maybe 7,000 or 8,000. But that does include lowering down my 25 ft. mega pole system.
I am a relative noob and wouldn't call what I do a "show" although I am very proud of what I put up. I have a static display with about 10,000 lights (C9,C7 and minis). Nothing fancy, no arches, no blow molds, no blow ups, no items in the yard. Just lots of lights on lots of bushes and trees; 10 crepe myrtles, 1 Japanese maple, 6 sky pencils, 5 cherry trees, 1 maple tree and 13 assorted shrubs and trees I don't know the name of. All of them get lights and wrapped individually and no net lighting. I also have 120 feet of the light changing peppermints that my boys love putting out which is great because they are hard on my 46 year old frame. This is the first year my two boys really helped a lot or I would still be taking stuff down. I would pull down the lights, my oldest would wind them up and the youngest hauled it into the basement. The greatest thing was that I took the boys (they are 10 and 7) to breakfast this morning and all they could talk about was what we were going to do next year. The oldest had the idea of putting arches along the 120 feet of front yard with the peppermints underneath. I told him we would do it, I love the enthusiasm.
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 This is the first year my two boys really helped a lot or I would still be taking stuff down. I would pull down the lights, my oldest would wind them up and the youngest hauled it into the basement. The greatest thing was that I took the boys (they are 10 and 7) to breakfast this morning and all they could talk about was what we were going to do next year. The oldest had the idea of putting arches along the 120 feet of front yard with the peppermints underneath. I told him we would do it, I love the enthusiasm.

Looks like we may have a couple new members in the near future.... Congrats JR

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Looks like we may have a couple new members in the near future.... Congrats JR

LOL sure sounds like it. They want us to be on the Great Christmas Light Fight. They know we aren't in that league which is why they keep saying "we need to step up our game".

 

They already have the $50,000 spent

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lol... I bet.... I was invited this year.. I thought about it... and my decision was based on this... Let there be peace on earth, good will towards men... oh yea.. and LET THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT BEGIN!!!... something just doesn't feel right about this... kinda takes the real meaning out of it for me.. 

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lol... I bet.... I was invited this year.. I thought about it... and my decision was based on this... Let there be peace on earth, good will towards men... oh yea.. and LET THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT BEGIN!!!... something just doesn't feel right about this... kinda takes the real meaning out of it for me..
I won't do it for that reason. Don't have to break it to the boys yet :) I used to think I did it for myself, and I do, but I was amazed how many people stop me and say how much it means to them and thank me. One of our neighbors has had a pretty rough go. He was a successful lawyer until a heart attack left him a little mentally impaired. The.last year his son committed suicide around the holidays. He told me my lights keep him and his daughter in the season.
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