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Anybody Have Their Christmas Lights Up Yet?  
User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1622 times:

Well its almost the season, and a few people in the neighbouring villages have their lights up already. Mrs NoelG has already started asking me to put the exterior lights up, although I think we will wait until 1st December.

They normally go up the last weekend in November but to be honest the thought of scaling a 30ft ladder to the roofline isn't particularly appealing right at this moment!  Smile

Seriously though - isn't 16 November like way to early to be putting Christmas lights up???

Noel.

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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

I already saw a small number of illuminated houses/gardens in the last days !

Quoting Noelg (Thread starter):
isn't 16 November like way to early to be putting Christmas lights up???

I prefer to wait after that Sunday on which we remember or dead ancestors (it´s 20-NOV this year) before putting a few the lights.
OTOH, 27-NOC already is the first Sunday of Advent, so: Hurry up !  Wink
-HT



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User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

A house in Sunderland has had the lights up for over 2 weeks now. All the families on benefits seem to be able to produce more lights than the Millenuim Stadium. One street has so many lights up they resemble landing lights, so Squeezyjet best make sure their navigation system is working so they don't land in the wrong place, lol.

User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 1):
OTOH, 27-NOC already is the first Sunday of Advent, so: Hurry up !

Well we would usually put them up the last weekend of November so I suppose that's about right - but it's still almost two weeks away!

Quoting HT (Reply 1):
I already saw a small number of illuminated houses/gardens in the last days !

I hate to say it, and I hate to sound like a snob, but to be honest the only areas with lights up seem to be the more rundown areas, council estates etc. Maybe Christmas comes early in their houses?


User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

Quoting Alcregular (Reply 2):
One street has so many lights up they resemble landing lights,

Well our house is right at the bottom of the cul-de-sac so you can see it as you come up the street - prime position this year!  Smile


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Never before 23 December.
That's tradition in our family, the tree gets put up and the house decorated on my mother's birthday or the day after (originally because we didn't have room to receive the guests for the party with a tree in the house).

Of course personally I don't put up anything. I don't care for it myself, don't give a darn to do it for the neighbours (let them put up their own lights if they want to), and will likely not be home anyway.



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1574 times:
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I will the day after Thanksgiving.......I am "that guy" in the neighborhood when it comes to holiday lights....


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User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1572 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 6):
I am "that guy" in the neighborhood when it comes to holiday lights....

Sounds about right - we have all sorts, icicle lights, animated reindeer, Santa on a parachute, you name it and we have it! Plus the missus has gone on another spending spree this year, I think she's hoping to have Times Square in our front garden...

But of course it has to be me who puts them all up!  Smile


User currently offlineOYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

Nope not yet. But I planned to do it this weekend when I get off work.
I'm going to buy a plastic Christmas tree that I will have in my livingroom. And I will have lights around my balcony.


User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

There are three houses in our street that already have their trees and lights up. Jeez, it's only 16 November!

My flat will be a Christmas-free zone. I am having a Christmas Day Dinner for friends who also dislike Christmas

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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3708 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

I'm going to see my girlfriend's aunt this weekend who has children of 8 and 5yrs old and apparently they want to put up the Xmas tree!

Back in the UK I wouldn't consider putting up the tree or decorations before 15th December.



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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1557 times:

Quoting Noelg (Reply 7):
we have all sorts, icicle lights, animated reindeer, Santa on a parachute, you name it and we have it!

I trust you've got plenty of coins for the electric meter!

I've only seen one house that's got its lights so far. I don't think they should go up until the first Sunday of Advent, which falls on the 27th November. Our (indoor) tree normally goes up a fortnight before Christmas. The dog's been telling us it should be up already as she knows there tree chocolates in the cupboard!


User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't take them down from last year. I don't put them on the house just the trees and shrub in front. I'm a white lights only traditionalist.

Don't get me wrong, I don't turn them on throughout the year, they've just been out there the entire year. I'll turn them on the day after Thanksgiving.


User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

Quoting Pope (Reply 12):
I'll turn them on the day after Thanksgiving.

That must be worth seeing - having the Holy Father turn up to switch on the lights!



[Edited 2005-11-16 15:48:33]

User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

Quoting Willo (Reply 13):
That must worth seeing - having the Holy Father turn up to switch on the lights!

Rest assured it's heavenly.


User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Quoting Willo (Reply 13):
That must be worth seeing - having the Holy Father turn up to switch on the lights!

Sure beats the latest "X-Factor" reject!


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

Not until December.  Smile
regds
MEL



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 6):
I am "that guy" in the neighborhood when it comes to holiday lights....

Do you have a separate generator to support the extra electricity load?  Silly

Normally, I put up the window candlestick lights on Dec. 1 & the tree around Dec. 10-15. Since I live in an apartment complex, I'm somewhat limited in what I can put up. If I was living in a house, it would be a whole different story.

Around my neighborhood, there were more houses decked out with lights for Halloween than for Christmas. Presently, a couple houses even have lighted Thanksgiving decorations (inflatable turkey & pilgrim) up.

15 years ago, putting holiday lights up other than Christmastime was essentially unheard of.

Quoting Pope (Reply 12):
I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't take them down from last year. I don't put them on the house just the trees and shrub in front.

What's embarrassing about not wanting to got through the trouble of hanging them up & taking them down; especially if your not going to change the bulb type, scheme arrangement or colors?

Quoting Pope (Reply 12):
I'm a white lights only traditionalist.

Truth be told, a traditionalist in Christmas lighting would use the standard incandescent C7s (indoor use) and/or C9s (outdoor use) in full multi-colors. Bonus points if the string contains the pre-1977 GE bulbs with the ceramic-peel-resistant colors. Double-bonus points if the entire string (& bulbs) were made entirely in the United States, or at least in North America.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1507 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 6):
I am "that guy" in the neighborhood when it comes to holiday lights....

I'm seeing visions of Chevy Chase in my head here . . . .

Quoting Pope (Reply 12):
I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't take them down from last year. I don't put them on the house just the trees and shrub in front.

When I had my house in South Anchorage I never took them down - in fact I put them up in the summer when I could more easily get to the trees in the front yard and the edge of the roof . . . without the hazard of taking a gainer off the snow laden roof or having to wade through three feet of white stuff. When the first serious snow fall hit, I ran an extension cord out over the front yard and had it at the ready for the the after Thanksgiving. All I really needed to do is replace a bulb or three . . . and no one noticed them in the summer.


I haven't put up a tree or lights in three years . . . and won't this year. I will be up north at work for both Thanksgiving and Christmas . . . I don't see the need to deal with the labor of decorating for the holidays when I won't be here. I bought a new Christmas Tree (fake of course) (that is still sitting in the box in my garage) two years ago . . . never opened the box . . .


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1503 times:
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Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 17):
Quoting DL021 (Reply 6):
I am "that guy" in the neighborhood when it comes to holiday lights....

Do you have a separate generator to support the extra electricity load?

I actually am considering having the electric company add a service to my place for all the lights, and yes ...we do have a generator....

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 17):
Truth be told, a traditionalist in Christmas lighting would use the standard incandescent C7s (indoor use) and/or C9s (outdoor use) in full multi-colors. Bonus points if the string contains the pre-1977 GE bulbs with the ceramic-peel-resistant colors. Double-bonus points if the entire string (& bulbs) were made entirely in the United States, or at least in North America.

check, check, and check. Target and Ace Hardware stock replacement bulbs. We are almost out of actual original bulbs, but a few still work. You can get either the clear ones or the ceramic coated ones too.

this does mean you are as big a geek as me since you knew all that....  Wink

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 18):
I haven't put up a tree or lights in three years . . . and won't this year. I will be up north at work for both Thanksgiving and Christmas . . . I don't see the need to deal with the labor of decorating for the holidays when I won't be here. I bought a new Christmas Tree (fake of course) (that is still sitting in the box in my garage) two years ago . . . never opened the box . . .

Grinch...



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User currently offlineIlikeyyc From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1373 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 6):
I am "that guy" in the neighborhood when it comes to holiday lights

Will you be putting your beacon lights on your roof again so Santa can identify your house from the air?



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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

Yes and no. My crazy wife has halloween lights(ghosts) that I still haven't taken down. I'll probably just do a swap this weekend although I'm generally philosphically opposed to Christmas stuff before Turkey day.


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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1493 times:
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Quoting Ilikeyyc (Reply 20):
Quoting DL021 (Reply 6):
I am "that guy" in the neighborhood when it comes to holiday lights

Will you be putting your beacon lights on your roof again so Santa can identify your house from the air?

ABsolutely......God helps those who help themselves......Santa feels the same way.



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User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11657 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1488 times:

It makes me absolutly sick to have been seeing Christmas decorations in stores since mid-October. One radio station in Portland is already playing Christmas music 24/7! People ask why I am a Scrooge at the holidays. Do we really need to be reminded to spend, spend, spend during November and December? Everyone knows what is coming, so why can't we just enjoy one holiday at a time!

Bah! Humbug.....

GO CANUCKS!!



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User currently offlineKevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Naw! This year I'm going to Wal Mart and buying "Holiday Lights" instead.


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25 YooYoo : Not yet, but the wife and i spent a small fortune on the weekend on lights and other decorations. Me thinks that this coming weekend will be the one t
26 Noelg : Well that's it, my wife is off out today to buy another animated light of Santa climbing a ladder. Looks like this is the weekend folks! At least it
27 Post contains images Dragon-wings : I will put them up soon after Thanksgiving, but I will not turn them on until it gets closer to Christmas. If I don't put them up soon the weather wil
28 Jafa39 : To be honest, since we moved to NZ and have the bizarre experience of a baking hot Christmas we really don't do all that stuff, doesn't get dark until
29 Post contains images FlyAUA : No and I'm not planning to! Signed, Moe the Xmas Grinch
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