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  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
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  • Birthday 06/20/1966

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    Lancaster, California, USA
  • Interests
    being a full time mommy of 7 children, and grandma to Dylan, Aubree and Dustin) I enjoy scrapbooking, writing letters, and coming up with idea's for my Christmas display.
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    stay at home mom to 7 children
  • About my display
    Kathie's Lancaster Light's is mostly handmade by myself. I spend a lot of time thinking of idea's for my display.

    I put up and take down my display myself, as my husband does not show the same interest as I do.

    I enjoy making disney, nick jr, and other favorite characters. I have made a train, a frosty's tree lot, and this coming 2009 year I plan to add a Santa's house, and Toy shop to my display. I want several new moving things to add to my display as well.

    I hope to have at least 50,000 lights this up coming year.

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  1. Hello! My name is Kathie of Kathie's Lancaster Lights and I am planning for 2012. I have several wood cut out that I have made over the years and I need help. I chose to use the wood that I believe is some of the thinnest wood you can buy at lowes or home depot. Maybe the 1/4" thick. I did that because it was easier for me to cut. I sanded it and then covered it in like 3 coats of outdoor house paint as well in hopes to help with the rain. However when it rains alot my characters start to bend over and I have to go and pull them all up and lay them flat. Its such a pain for me. When I put them in the yard I use rebar in the ground and have used a screw through the front and the pvc fitting of some kind to hold my characters. I know that doesnt make scence. ( you can take two pieces of pvc and connect them with the fittng) it works for me pretty good because then the characters dont move. What might help with the bending of the characters. This year I didnt add them to my display and I sure felt the loss of half my display. I was thinking of adding a wood brace across the back and top to bottom to see if that might help. I sure hope I didnt loose anyone trying to explain. thanks !! ~Kathie
  2. HELP! I am needing to replace the motor to this teeter totter with a lighted santa and elf. I know that I bought this from ABC Distrubution years ago but cannot remember the company's name. If anyone knows or how to replace this motor the easiest way please let me know. I am new to doing all this with motors so please break it to me the easier way! Thanks!
  3. hi! does anyone know how to get or to make the replacement candy candys for the gingerbread and elf blowmolds? I am missing a couple and need new ones?? thanks!!
  4. Hello! I am needing to get info on a fence that is about 3 1/2 feet tall. Something people cannot just walk over. This fence will have to come down after xmas so it' also has to be sturdy. In the past I am using pvc but it stands 5 feet tall. With the lights on the fence it's taking away from my display. I am thinking of doing another pvc fence because it can withstand rain/water and with our Lancaster Ca winds it stays up. If anyone has a great idea with pvc please send me pics. Also...I want to do some changing plants in our front yard. We just bought our home 2 years ago and living in the Antelope Valley (CA) desert they want us to steer away from so many plants. I agree but want to make sure I use the plants while Christmas time. They gave us these dumb flowery plant that cant hold but 50 lights if that. Any idea's on plants would be great as well!!
  5. I thank you all for your advice!!! I really do! I want to do small themes next year where my display wont be like it is set up now. My issue with the fence is that I put the pvc fence up to keep everyone out. I know if they want in they will get in. I am working on getting a smaller 4 ft fence this year and only putting lights onlong the top. I am trying to find out how much a cherry picker will cost to get the lights up on the top second story of the house. We arent allowed up on the roof due to it will break the tiles and our insurance on them will be non in void. The reason I havent done the lights on the second story is our city has a law saying we have to have the lights down 14 days after the holiday. I can't afford to get a cherry picker twice let alone once. My home is made of stucco and some styrofoam stuff I am going to attempt to see if I can put a wood frame inside the window without hurting the styrofoam so my hubby doesnt kill me. I can't afford to buy alot of the store bought stuff so I like to make my stuff. My next year goal is to do more lights that blink and movers. I have to learn how to use motors and how to make things that make it all work. My husband doesn't know any of it so he doesnt bother to help me. I again thank you for your thoughts, its really helped me rethink my Christmas display. Merry Christmas!!
  6. Hello! My name is Kathie and I have a Christmas display that I call "Kathie's Lancaster Lights" I have been doing my display now for more then 10 years and I believe in my eyes that it's getting bigger and better with the little knowledge I know. I do this display on my own as I am a female and get basically no help. Well I had entered our area Holiday light Christmas lights contest for Children's Theme. I found out yesterday that even though my yard is full of wonderful children's items and even Christmas children's music my home didnt win. I want some kind of recognization because its always been a huge goal to make it on the news or something. I even contacted the news but they haven't come. They always go to the little set ups. I dont understand it. I do build a lot of my display but I must have a screw loose because I really believed my display this year was really great. I do believe I needed more lights but I have to work harder on where to put them because our home is all stucco. The reason that I am writing this is because we all here at planet christmas is to achieve the same goal. To make the children and families happy. It makes me so happy to turn my lights on and now I am so bummed and let down that I didn't win. It was my first contest and I doubt that I will enter another since they added that anyone could vote so it might have been just that. They voted online ALOT!! So I am going to send pics of what my yard looks like and if anyone would please give me feed back on how to make this all better I would love it! Also. the way that I do my fence. I think it's taking away from my display as well. I dont know what else to do besides the fence to keep people out. I can't get very good pictures because the fence takes away from the lights. I have close to 6000 which I know is not alot but in a little area I thought it would be fine this year. I will add more pics just have to resize them.
  7. Hello! I know that **** Norton of Norton'sWinterWonderland.com has his lights in Burbank and I went to a house that is really neat off of 6400 block of Victory and Radford in N. Hollywood. They dont use the channels but deck up their house like its no tomorrow.
  8. Welcome to Planet Christmas!!!!!
  9. OK I FOUND IT! its Weavers Winter Wonderland. You should look it up on YOUTUBE
  10. Hello! I found on youtube a WONDERFUL and HUGE christmas display. Its like his house is all a castle, with the Genie from Aladdin, 101 dalmations, tons more disney. This family's house is big. The only thing is now I can't remember the name on youtube to locate it. If anyone know's it please!! send it to me. I believe'd it to be something with an E but now I can't find anything in a search. Please Help! The display is in N. Cali I just forget the city. sorry!
  11. mskathie32

    Finished!

    WOW! your display is wonderful!
  12. I am so sorry for you having to go through this. That is crazy! Next year...I am taking my display to the other side of my yard. I am concerned because the neighbors sprinklers will get my display wet. So I use a PVC fence and I am going to put clear plastic on the other side (because I put lights on the pvc fence) to help with the water. Just a thought. I hope that you can do something legal as well. It sucks that some people do not like the wonderful things we do for the community.
  13. hello! I am thinking I got myself into something too big for myself. I am setting up my pole for my canopy for lights to go over my yard. I have a pic of how I am doing it. I thought I could just drill a holes into the pvc at the top and zip tie the lights up to the pole. Well I cannot get the drill to drill the holes into the pvc. Maybe I am not pushing hard enough but I am guessing the pvc its harder then I am used to dealing with. I had planned on wrapping the pvc with red lights to give the effect of a candy cane too. Maybe there is something I can makeshift to go on top that will stay and has holes in it. I know that I have to anchor this down and was hoping to drill holes into the sides and place round hooks so I can rope it down. Can someone please help!! I wanted to put up the canopy before I started to put up my display so that it wasn't something that would be harder to do later.
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