The longest, and at times, most frustrating year for putting up Christmas lights there has ever been! It all starts before the other holiday of Thanksgiving. Yours truly, with several reminders from Mrs Claus, gets a head start rewiring the 2 major decs for the balcony with some stronger brighter lights on the Angel and Reindeer. That takes a complete day with 300 lights cable tied onto the originals.
Two of the Shooting stars need the same treatment but persistence pays off and they are ready. Other sets are beyond reasonable repair time and are junked before my patience has expired.
With Thanksgiving done all the Christmas goodies in the loft are brought down and now Brenda can’t get the expensive Balsam farms tree to light up and after a couple of days and a few SNOTOGRAMS she rips off all the lights and puts 1200 new ones on!
I think it looks better
Initially outside goes well with layout and design and I seem to have things under control but then along comes another little cold and I’m feeling pretty poorly. The weather doesn’t help as temps drop and the winds get stronger but eventually it all comes together and the power comes on.
Classic “Christmas Vacation”
Be careful with the overseas sourced lights!
Need to check the “font” before selling to English speaking nations
However we press on and after 4 weeks, a load of cables, strings of lights, and some new features, I’m ready for the nighttime pictures
The Maple in sunlight
Time to send out the cameraman on a dark December night ………. and we start at the Maple ……..
Many hours up here!
Santa and crew fire up Scuffy and the golden wake starts at the base of the Maple
Team Santakins in Economy while the Santas are in 1st Class
With hand on the throttle, Santa powers away from the dock while the Center Bed looks on
Bye Santa, see you Christmas Eve
The lighthouse in center picture is the Rose Bed
Time for a distant look at the house
The ever popular Shooting Stars
……. and some green laser lighting
The Center Bed
…… a bit more detail
Another new Santa and a Darth Vader
and now some new stuff
The Reindeer enclosure with the NEW blue Cherry Tree …… and she likes it!!
…….. and for the first time some lights on the Cozy sign
adds some balance to the front beds
Worth another look
So this is 2017 without the snow ……… but SHE has started the well proven “Snow Dance” …… and the fire burns “blue” again …….. and true to form tonight and tomorrow we are forecast for 4″ !!!