Christmas Blog

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My holiday lights have raised over $80,000 for Celiac Disease Research. Please consider also donating to benefit the Center for Celiac Research.

A lotta folks enjoy my christmas decorations & christmas webcam so you can use this christmas blog to toss in your two cents for all to see. Answers to most questions can be found at the christmas FAQ. You are limited to 2000 characters (no HTML) and pls keep it relevant and family friendly. Thank you in advance for your holiday comments, consider linking to this site ... and Merry Christmas!

You can also send an "Instant Message via webcam" from the main page - the text entry is right below the X10 power controls. Read the thousands of IM's and watch time lapse christmas videos of 'em.

Previous Christmas Blog Comments: 518 in 2005, 1,472 in 2006, 881 in 2007, 782 in 2008, 532 in 2009, 521 in 2010, 293 in 2011, 332 in 2012, and 305 in 2013 Also see the spooky comments on the halloween blog.

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214 Comments

212 - United States - Arvada Colorado 39.8288°N 105.0607°W "Anonymous" from 024.008.140.220 (c-24-8-140-220.hsd1.co.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/12/20 18:33:32
I'm so happy that Alek lives in my neighborhood and for the light show. My favorite inflatable is the helicopter and the plane. Merry Christmas

211 - United Kingdom - London London, City of 51.4926°N 0.0999°W "Anonymous" from 002.220.001.090 (02dc015a.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2014/12/20 17:24:15
thanks for the light show over the many years you have done. it will be sadley missed all the best for the future from the mcallister family in barnet London england

210 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/20 17:22:51
Yet another reason to keep your stuff online so you can win more money with the contests!

209 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Anonymous" from 092.017.027.247 (host-92-17-27-247.as13285.net) wrote at 2014/12/20 17:10:37
Are you still setting up some non controllable outside decorations next year Alek, or are you stopping the outside decorations completely?

208 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/20 16:44:03
So over the years, I have entered several Christmas Lights contests and donated the winnings to charity. In 2014, Christmas Lights Etc is having another Christmas Lights contest and I have entered the picture shown in blog entry #193. Here's more info about my entry and please consider voting for it - here's a direct link. I took 2nd place last year - check out the rightmost picture below ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)


207 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/20 12:06:35
5 days 'til Christmas and shortly after, this will end! I will miss this! :(

206 - United Kingdom - Norwich Norfolk 52.6333°N 1.3000°E "alan eason" from 086.129.186.053 (host86-129-186-53.range86-129.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/12/20 10:28:41
where is the other hulk brother this year ?
Alek replies at 11:35 - The balcony barely holds both HULK's ... and even with one, the pine tree on the East side of my driveway partially blocks the view. So I've only been putting both of 'em out for Halloween as seen below.
halloween hulks

205 - Canada - Windsor Ontario 42.3251°N 83.0171°W "richelle" from 070.050.063.063 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/12/19 15:56:59
I love Christmas esaley when I give out presents

204 - United States - Jeffersonville Indiana 38.2776°N 85.7372°W "Anonymous" from 074.129.027.076 (cpe-74-129-27-76.swo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/19 12:10:19
I'm sure they appreciated that Alex.

203 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/19 08:59:03
A group of senior citizens stopped by last night to see the controllable christmas lights - was fun giving 'em a show-n-tell.


202 - United States - Norristown Pennsylvania 40.1215°N 75.3399°W "Anonymous" from 108.036.130.221 (pool-108-36-130-221.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/12/19 08:20:48
Thanks Mr.K! That's so very cool! I always wanted to get a better look at that decoration!

201 - Denmark - Svenstrup Nordjylland 56.9800°N 9.9833°E "Anonymous" from 091.150.242.100 (5b96f264.cust.ip.gvdnet.dk) wrote at 2014/12/19 06:57:00
Less than a week until Christmas!

200 - United States - Norristown Pennsylvania 40.1215°N 75.3399°W "Anonymous" from 108.036.130.221 (pool-108-36-130-221.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/12/18 07:27:07
Hey Mr.K, do you have any nice photos of the Christmas plane on your roof?
Alek replies at 09:15 - Here is a couple of pictures from 2009 of the Santa Plane.
christmas santa plane

christmas santa plane closeup

199 - United States - Norman Oklahoma 35.2330°N 97.4122°W "Sawyer" from 068.097.017.120 (ip68-97-17-120.ok.ok.cox.net) wrote at 2014/12/18 05:20:34
If I have some questions on certain aspects of your display and how it works would that be something that I could email you about? Thank you Alek
Alek replies at 09:20 - Most everything should be answered in the Christmas FAQ.

198 - United States - Fort Worth Texas 32.7406°N 97.3802°W "Anonymous" from 068.189.214.243 (68-189-214-243.dhcp.ftwo.tx.charter.com) wrote at 2014/12/17 21:00:51
We are going to miss you Alek. Thank you for the many years you have brought joy to everyone. Please tell your family that we appreciate the time they shared you with us. Peace be with you always. Thank you!

197 - United States - Coppell Texas 32.9588°N 96.9812°W "Anonymous" from 071.164.150.226 (pool-71-164-150-226.dllstx.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/12/17 20:38:51
Killer HO-HO-HO shots dude

196 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/17 14:50:38
Like the funny pics! LOL!

195 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/17 14:07:35
Here's a sequence of images of the various zones in Santa's Workshop ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
I also updated post #178 with the images from 2004 ... a BIG difference!
Use the controls to play, step, pause, slow-down, and/or speed-up the animation.
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Christmas 2014 zones santa workshop

194 - United Kingdom - Norwich Norfolk 52.6333°N 1.3000°E "alan eason" from 086.129.186.053 (host86-129-186-53.range86-129.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/12/17 10:29:43
great photos what are we going to do without you

193 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/16 20:31:06
Took some pictures of the house at sunset tonight ... HO-HO-HO!
christmas house drive by

christmas santa elmo alek

192 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/16 18:00:29
In case you didn't see it on the text messages, I said "I like the idea of the X10 zone pics! You sort of took my idea!" It's true! I know I gave you the idea of a virtual webcam but that works too. At least you can see what everything looks like from every zone!
Alek replies at 19:00 - Yea, I appreciate that - thanks!

191 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W "Anonymous" from 142.229.115.058 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/12/16 15:39:32
oh just give it a rest.

190 - Mexico - Garza García Nuevo Leon 25.6667°N 100.4000°W "Anonymous" from 187.163.164.233 (187-163-164-233.static.axtel.net) wrote at 2014/12/15 21:46:47
Just delete the BAN file since you are taking it down and it would be programming work, then start banning on the 22nd when redit hits

189 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Tim" from 089.243.007.190 (host-89-243-7-190.as13285.net) wrote at 2014/12/15 17:53:11
Hi Alek, Your lights have become a tradition here in Ireland. I always look forward to the warm up during Halloween, knowing that the big event is only a few weeks away at Thanksgiving. It will be sad to see them being switched off for the last time after Christmas. It really will be the end of a Christmas tradition - a bit like Santa hanging up his hat :-) Good luck for the future!

188 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5766°N 113.4608°W "Anonymous" from 142.229.112.017 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/12/15 15:37:54
you need some fake snow

187 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.8883°N 1.4346°W "Gill Luke's mum" from 081.098.102.179 (cpc24-derb12-2-0-cust178.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/12/14 15:48:31
Ahh, I'm dreaming of a white christmas! Your right Alan, what a lovely sight it is too!

186 - Germany - Hamburg 53.5500°N 10.0000°E "Anonymous" from 085.176.051.251 (e176051251.adsl.alicedsl.de) wrote at 2014/12/14 15:48:02
merry christmas , and happy new year from germany hamburg. great website !!!

185 - United Kingdom - Norwich Norfolk 52.6333°N 1.3000°E "alan eason" from 086.129.186.053 (host86-129-186-53.range86-129.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/12/14 13:49:16
now it looks like Christmas

184 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W "Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/12/14 11:59:40
Wow, what a difference 40 minutes makes!

183 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W "Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/12/14 11:22:18
I didn't know Bing was from there! Glad to see snow finally

182 - United Arab Emirates - City N/A 24.0000°N 54.0000°E "Bing Crosby" from 083.110.104.027 (bba391187.alshamil.net.ae) wrote at 2014/12/14 09:04:17
It's snowing!!! I'm dreaming of a White Christmas

181 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Anonymous" from 092.009.250.156 (host-92-9-250-156.as43234.net) wrote at 2014/12/13 17:06:00
Hi alexs and family love from Alison and co from peterborougj uk x

180 - United States - Versailles Kentucky 37.9969°N 84.7466°W "Anonymous" from 076.177.140.029 (CPE-76-177-140-29.natcky.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/13 16:38:42
Awesome pics of your awesome display

179 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/13 09:13:11
I see you sort of took my idea! LOL!

178 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/13 08:39:26
I haven't done this in a long time, but I took a picture of each of the eight zones.
Use the controls to play, step, pause, slow-down, and/or speed-up the animation.
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Christmas 2014 zones house

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Christmas 2014 zones yard

For comparison, here's all eight combinations of the three "zones" in 2004

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Christmas 2004 zones

177 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.8883°N 1.4346°W "Gill Luke's mum" from 081.098.102.179 (cpc24-derb12-2-0-cust178.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/12/12 18:59:44
Dave from UK, It's the last year Alek is doing the christmas lights. I remember you saying your daughters eyes were like saucers when you took her to see some christmas lights!

176 - United States - Glendale Arizona 33.5386°N 112.1860°W "Green Valley" from 068.106.030.163 (ip68-106-30-163.ph.ph.cox.net) wrote at 2014/12/12 16:57:05
Alek, Maybe snow next week? here's hoping.
Alek replies at 18:50 - Snow is forecast for Sunday - be nice to get some white stuff finally! ;-)

175 - United Kingdom - Cardiff 51.4928°N 3.2442°W "Robert Cronshaw" from 086.010.010.142 (cpc14-ely05-2-0-cust141.5-1.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/12/11 16:51:31
Hey alek, I am very sorry to see that this year is your last year of such a wonderful display which I have been logging into every year for the last decade all the way from Cardiff south Wales uk. .. I hope you enjoy your retirement but I hope you realise you've brought joy and happiness to millions and you'll be missed by all.. Good bye good friend. ...

174 - United States - Mohnton Pennsylvania 40.2391°N 75.9660°W "Anonymous" from 108.036.128.225 (pool-108-36-128-225.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/12/11 07:35:19
I really like that photo from 2004! Besides being awesome for having your Mom and kids in it, your light setup looks really really nice!

173 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/10 14:14:07
You should have a virtual webcam set up so we can still pretend that we are controlling them, like you mentioned that you did before!

172 - United Kingdom - Woking Surrey 51.3178°N 0.5558°W "Anonymous" from 082.031.163.210 (cpc9-woki7-2-0-cust209.6-2.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/12/10 07:56:00
Alek, thanks for all the great displays over the years! Merry Christmas :)

171 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/09 19:38:26
In post #57, I showed how an Aspen Tree obscures the webcam #1 view from across the street. The leaves have taken a while to drop this year, but the neighbors said it was OK to whack them off. So while standing on top of the 8' ladder and holding on to a big branch, I was able to reach just barely high (with a broom!) to strip most of 'em off. Here's an animated GIF showing the change from December 4th to tonight ... the 2nd image shows the change of the webcam #2 view - adding a 2nd set of lights to the Santa Balloon helps a lot!
christmas webcam 1 change

christmas webcam 2 change

170 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Elliott / Grotto Tree" from 212.159.114.107 (jacqveares.plus.com) wrote at 2014/12/09 18:24:48
With this being the last year, it only leaves Schwippy and my site GrottoTree :( Thanks for all the fun over the years Alek, even though the timezone diffrence makes your site a tad impractical for me.

169 - United Kingdom - Lincoln Lincolnshire 53.2288°N 0.5409°W "alan eason" from 086.160.118.232 (host86-160-118-232.range86-160.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/12/09 16:51:53
there is an awful lot of people going to miss your displays

168 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/09 16:41:49
So I was out working on the Santa Balloon - the internal lights get whipped around pretty good, so have to replace 'em periodically. A couple of cars stopped by during the 15 minutes or so I was out their - both with kids in 'em ... and saying how much they enjoy the display .. and how there kids have to drive by several times a day! ;-)
fix santa balloon christmas

167 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.8883°N 1.4346°W "Gill Luke's mum" from 081.098.102.179 (cpc24-derb12-2-0-cust178.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/12/09 16:04:13
Hi Alek, just been looking at your pictures, in past years you have put lights on a tree, which is situated on the right side. Has this tree now gone, or don't you put lights on it anymore? One more question. Will you still put up the decorations without us controlling them?
Alek replies at 16:47 - May put up some Christmas decorations next year, but nothing close to the scale of the last decade. Good memory on the tree - there is a big Pine tree on the East side of the driveway that I used to decorate ... or at least part of it. You can actually see it in webcam #1 as it is now blocking about half of the upper balcony. Here is one of my all-time favorite pictures from 2004 - that's my Mom with my kids when they were a bit smaller! ;-)
christmas 2004

166 - United Kingdom - Lincoln Lincolnshire 53.2288°N 0.5409°W "alan eason" from 086.160.118.232 (host86-160-118-232.range86-160.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/12/09 14:36:46
have you any snow forcast before Christmas ?
Alek replies at 16:50 - Nothing in the forecast for a week ... so far, no White Christmas - darn!

165 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/08 15:13:57
Agreed! By the way, I keep forgetting to come back when your show is on! I hope I can get on tonight! I will try very hard this time!

164 - United Kingdom - Newquay Cornwall 50.4167°N 5.0833°W "Larry" from 002.223.250.229 (02dffae5.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2014/12/08 09:30:57
A very sad day indeed, Christmas just wont be the same anymore!

163 - United States - Omaha Nebraska 41.2586°N 95.9378°W "Anonymous" from 067.003.156.181 (67-3-156-181.omah.qwest.net) wrote at 2014/12/08 08:53:16
sure going to miss the lights and controling them been doing this for the last few years thanks for the years we have enjoyed

162 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/07 13:23:15
You should have a virtual webcam set up so we can still pretend that we are controlling them, like you mentioned that you did before!

161 - United Kingdom - Lincoln Lincolnshire 53.2288°N 0.5409°W "alan eason" from 086.160.118.232 (host86-160-118-232.range86-160.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/12/07 12:17:09
that's great news thanks for your reply

160 - United States - Jacksonville Florida 30.2187°N 81.7540°W "Daniel" from 066.177.116.215 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/12/07 10:02:30
hey Mr. alex i think you out lighted me and inflatabled

159 - United Kingdom - Lincoln Lincolnshire 53.2288°N 0.5409°W "alan eason" from 086.160.118.232 (host86-160-118-232.range86-160.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/12/07 09:28:17
hi alek hope you will leave the photos on the website so we can keep coming back to have a look to bring back the memories of the good times you made for everyone
Alek replies at 09:38 - Yea, everything will stay online - here's the evolution of the Christmas Decorations through the years.

158 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Dan" from 213.205.252.125 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/12/07 05:00:23
Sorry to hear that this is the last year for the Halloween and Christmas lights Alek, but thanks for putting on a great show every time! Good luck and merry Christmas!

157 - United States - Lima Ohio 40.7885°N 84.0336°W "Anonymous" from 104.139.162.166 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/12/06 20:09:20
I am saddened to know that this will be the last year to enjoy and play with the lights! It has been a Christmas tradition at our house to check out the lights and revisit them throughout the holiday season. Thank you for what you have done to raise so much money for a worthy cause and to bring so much pleasure to so many. God bless!

156 - United States - Rogers Arkansas 36.2821°N 93.9162°W "Anonymous" from 070.178.076.107 (ip70-178-76-107.ks.ks.cox.net) wrote at 2014/12/06 20:08:37
Alek, my family and I have been longtime supporters and fans of your site. It's been our tradition to announce All Hallowes Eve and Christmas with your family. Dissappointed as we will be and a bit lost, we promise to carry you're tradition along every year with some Hulky fun and a Homer on Christmas. Godsp**d my friend.

155 - United States - Mcdonough Georgia 33.4514°N 84.1870°W "Dean" from 162.196.198.183 (162-196-198-183.lightspeed.tukrga.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2014/12/06 14:13:33
Having thoroughly enjoyed your Halloween & Christmas lights over quite a few years I am sorry to see that this year will be the last. Thanks so much, Alek, for the entertainment! I wish you and your family all the best for many years to come.

154 - United States - Mohnton Pennsylvania 40.2391°N 75.9660°W "Carolyn In PA" from 108.036.128.225 (pool-108-36-128-225.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/12/05 17:05:20
I think I've been watching and playing with your lights since 2005 or 2006! Wow! I'm SO going to miss your Cam and Blogs!!! :'( It has been such a pleasure to visit every year and your lights have become part of my own traditions. I can't even look at inflatable decorations without thinking of you! Your time off is certainly well deserved and I Thank You for all of the hard work you have put into this! May you and your family have many more awesome Christmases ahead! Maybe you'll even consider a few non-controllable lights in the future. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Merry Christmas!!!

153 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/05 16:58:51
Sorry I don't have much to add except a big HO-HO-HO ... how is that?

152 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Anonymous" from 092.009.250.156 (host-92-9-250-156.as43234.net) wrote at 2014/12/05 16:56:01
Hey Alex how are u Type in your Christmas Cheer here ...

151 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Grotto Tree" from 212.159.114.107 (jacqveares.plus.com) wrote at 2014/12/05 16:37:25
Please someone tell me I am dreaming and that this is not real! What will you do with all those inflatables and lights?

150 - Canada - Thornhill Ontario 43.8000°N 79.4167°W "Anonymous" from 099.237.144.042 (CPE602ad091f8b4-CM602ad091f8b1.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com) wrote at 2014/12/05 15:09:50
its sad, but thats life, things change, there was an awesome display near my house that was set to music, it was awesome, however the people doing it, got married, had kids they dont have time to work on it, they want to bring it back at some point though....

149 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W "Anonymous" from 142.229.101.079 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/12/05 14:55:14
let's not allow this decision to affect the whole event how about instead everyone goes and finds another viewer to come see the display. lets make this place go out with a bang!

148 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/05 14:25:42
OH, MAN! THIS IS MY TOP FAVORITE CONTROLLABLE WEBCAM! IT CAN'T END! I AM A HUGE FAN OF THIS! Thanks for bringing joy to me from Elma, NY near Buffalo, NY and to everyone else in the world! Sad to see you go after this year! I will control the lights as long as I can for the final days of this! Merry Christmas! :(

147 - United Kingdom - Lincoln Lincolnshire 53.2288°N 0.5409°W "alan eason" from 086.160.118.232 (host86-160-118-232.range86-160.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/12/05 12:23:34
when did you make the decision to call it a day alek

146 - United Kingdom - Leamington Spa Warwickshire 52.3000°N 1.5333°W "Anonymous" from 090.214.075.200 (5ad64bc8.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2014/12/05 10:54:34
nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo it can't be true :( :(

145 - United Kingdom - Lincoln Lincolnshire 53.2288°N 0.5409°W "alan eason" from 086.160.118.232 (host86-160-118-232.range86-160.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/12/05 10:32:26
are you going to have a yard sale for all the decorations ?

144 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "AK" from 109.224.161.230 (161.224.109.in-addr.arpa) wrote at 2014/12/05 09:01:09
Thanks for all the fun over the years. Much appreciated and your Xmas displays will be missed. Please leave the website up though. It'll be nice to drop by now and again to reminisce. Wishing you and your family a lovely Xmas :-)

143 - United Kingdom - Lincoln Lincolnshire 53.2288°N 0.5409°W "alan eason" from 086.160.118.232 (host86-160-118-232.range86-160.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/12/05 05:54:14
hi alek and family firstly a happy xmas and new year to you all how sad this will be the last year for your lights but you have given an people a lot of happy memories over the years thanyou so much from us all we shall miss counting down the daays to the switch ons hope you all keep well best wishes alan

142 - United States - Mckinney Texas 33.1769°N 96.6985°W "Anonymous" from 076.186.198.045 (cpe-76-186-198-45.tx.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/05 05:00:06
Sorry to see them go! You're donations and fun are an inspiration. Best wishes and merry Christmas!

141 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.8883°N 1.4346°W "Gill Luke's mum" from 081.098.102.179 (cpc24-derb12-2-0-cust178.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/12/05 01:09:59
That is so sad, not a good start to the day over here(UK) Will watching grass grow continue? I hope so! You could put a light up heart out for us on Valentines Day, it's only one day a year! Please!!!

140 - United States - Mohnton Pennsylvania 40.2391°N 75.9660°W "Anonymous" from 108.036.128.225 (pool-108-36-128-225.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/12/04 23:32:26
Awwww. I'm So Sorry to hear the news, but this is a heck of a lot of work and I hope you know it's ALWAYS been appreciated! So many of my favorite things are going away. :(

139 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W "Anonymous" from 068.151.069.230 (S01060026f304d4af.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/12/04 20:09:16
That's too bad. Always hoped you'd keep going forev r :)

138 - United Kingdom - Craigavon 54.4667°N 6.4167°W "Anonymous" from 089.242.098.018 (host-89-242-98-18.as13285.net) wrote at 2014/12/04 17:39:54
It's been great over the years Alek and been a lovely Christmas tradition. Are you stopping the Halloween one as well? Any chance you will get sentimental and change your mind? :-)
Alek replies at 17:50 - Thanks for the kind words and yes, the Controllable Halloween Decorations are done too ... I just didn't want to say that last month. I did hint at it in Halloween Blog post #242 where I said "Here's one VERY LAST picture of me in front of the Controllable Halloween Decorations" ... and ironically, someone commented in post #244 "Very Last" picture? Does that mean 2014 is the last year for Halloween decorations? Highly doubtful I'll change my mind ... but you never know! ;-)
halloween house

halloween front yard

halloween haunted office

137 - Brazil - City N/A 10.0000°S 55.0000°W "Anonymous" from 177.138.131.055 (177-138-131-55.dsl.telesp.net.br) wrote at 2014/12/04 17:25:44
Alek has been doing it for free since before-Christ. He deserves a break. Great display - will miss the Internet tradition.

136 - United States - Saint Paul Minnesota 45.0141°N 93.0305°W "Nathan" from 071.193.092.128 (c-71-193-92-128.hsd1.mn.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/12/04 17:10:54
why will be the last year of controllable christmas lights

135 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/04 17:03:40
Here's a picture of Santa's Workshop ... but sad to say this is the last year. It's been a fun run providing smiles and joy to millions of Internet surfers, but Alek "Griswold" is hanging up his Santa Hat - 2014 will be the last year of the Controllable Christmas Lights - more info here.
christmas santa workshop

134 - Cote D'Ivoire - City N/A 8.0000°N 5.0000°W "Anonymous" from 041.189.061.006 (3G-ORANGE-41.189.61.6.aviso.ci) wrote at 2014/12/04 16:17:21
ooh! this is so cool!

133 - Belgium - City N/A 50.8333°N 4.0000°E "Anonymous" from 178.118.033.116 (178-118-33-116.access.telenet.be) wrote at 2014/12/04 16:13:49
so how long have these lights been on?

132 - Japan - City N/A 35.6900°N 139.6900°E "Anonymous" from 106.185.032.199 (li738-199.members.linode.com) wrote at 2014/12/04 16:10:53
this looks good.

131 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.8883°N 1.4346°W "Gill Luke's mum" from 081.098.102.179 (cpc24-derb12-2-0-cust178.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/12/04 15:58:59
No favourite christmas jumper then Alek, just favourite pants you like to wear, when setting up your lights :)

130 - Ecuador - Guayaquil Guayas 2.1667°S 79.9000°W "Anonymous" from 200.093.224.138 (host-200-93-224-138.manta.telconet.net) wrote at 2014/12/04 11:59:59
You work fast. No falling off the roof.

129 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/04 09:01:37
Yea, I was up on the roof a lot the last couple of days - here's a time-lapse video of the setup as captured by webcam #1. BTW, those pants (with the hole in the knee) are my "official" Christmas Lights setup pants - don't know how many more seasons they'll last!


128 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W "ErrantEgo" from 068.040.236.133 (c-68-40-236-133.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/12/03 16:48:47
16:47, Alek spotted on the roof!!

127 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.8883°N 1.4346°W "Gill Luke's mum" from 081.098.102.179 (cpc24-derb12-2-0-cust178.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/12/03 15:46:47
Alek, over here we are having a bit of a festive jumper craze. Do you have a festive jumper that you like to wear??

126 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W "ErrantEgo" from 068.040.236.133 (c-68-40-236-133.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/12/03 12:28:23
Alek, thanks for acknowledging me in my post - I wasn't sure if I was going to get any mention in that, or if you were even toasting us! Very cool! :)

125 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/03 10:40:33
In post #112, ErrantEgo saw me toasting the webcam which you can see below just before I started setting up Santa's workshop. The "after" picture is kinda cool because I was taking high quality pictures with my Canon DSLR and using a flash ... so the webcam only picked up the flash while processing the top third of the image. I'll post the high-res image in a few days.
santa workshop before

santa workshop after

124 - United States - Decatur Georgia 33.7748°N 84.2963°W "Dean Mavis" from 192.234.069.175 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/12/03 05:51:02
So Happy the lights are back! It is now officially the Christmas season!

123 - United States - Glen Allen Virginia 37.6610°N 77.5312°W "Matthew Pfeffer" from 096.253.115.029 (pool-96-253-115-29.rcmdva.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/12/02 19:08:30
Dont be naughty cus santa is comin to town

122 - United States - Saint Paul Minnesota 45.0141°N 93.0305°W "Nathan" from 071.193.092.128 (c-71-193-92-128.hsd1.mn.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/12/02 17:05:07
what happen to the alek control website all the cam are off

121 - United Kingdom - Edinburgh Edinburgh, City of 55.9500°N 3.2000°W "Garry" from 031.048.002.003 (host31-48-2-3.range31-48.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/12/02 15:08:32
how long do your lights stay controllable? , watching from the UK and We're 7 hours in front

120 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/02 14:17:35
Missed most of it last night! I will try to remember to be on here when it starts this time!

119 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/01 21:53:24
As mentioned, my Mom has been a HUGE help setting everything up. Here's a picture of the two of us next to the "Elmo Santa" she fashioned from some parts (literally) from Goodwill!
christmas mom help

118 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Anonymous" from 092.017.004.061 (host-92-17-4-61.as13285.net) wrote at 2014/12/01 17:51:13
Ubuntu Linux Users: Install VLC Player and vlc-plugin-fluidsynth from the Software Centre to hear the background midi music. It only works on Firefox for me.

117 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/12/01 17:29:03
Fired everything up at 5:00 tonight and looking good. A few technical bugs I need to iron out ... plus some stuff isn't hooked up properly and/or needs to be re-arranged. Still more stuff to put out! ;-)

116 - United States - Jacksonville Florida 30.2187°N 81.7540°W "Daniel" from 066.177.116.215 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/12/01 16:25:36
how tall is the Christmas tree inflatable

115 - United States - Camden Wyoming Delaware 39.0823°N 75.6122°W "Anonymous" from 050.190.128.244 (c-50-190-128-244.hsd1.de.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/12/01 15:30:39
I've been waiting for this for the longest time! I'm so beyond excited! I absolutely love Christmas time! :D

114 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/12/01 14:05:57
YAY! Can't wait for tonight! Excited! Who else is excited?

113 - Canada - City N/A 60.0000°N 95.0000°W "Paul C." from 099.192.121.236 (stjhnbsu1kw-099192121236.dhcp-dynamic.FibreOp.nb.bellaliant.net) wrote at 2014/12/01 13:57:09
Alek, just curious, why do you put pumpkin jack out at Christmas time?
Alek replies at 10:49 - Because Jack is Back! ;-)

112 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W "ErrantEgo" from 068.040.236.133 (c-68-40-236-133.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/12/01 11:47:16
Did Alek just toast us with his coffee? LOL

111 - United States - Mohnton Pennsylvania 40.2391°N 75.9660°W "Anonymous" from 108.036.128.225 (pool-108-36-128-225.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/12/01 10:20:00
Awwww. What an Awesome Mom you have, Alek! Those doughnuts look amazing, btw!

110 - Finland - City N/A 64.0000°N 26.0000°E "Anonymous" from 084.231.142.100 (84-231-142-100.elisa-mobile.fi) wrote at 2014/12/01 05:56:22
today is the day cant wait

109 - United States - Dallas Texas 32.8574°N 96.8706°W "Justin" from 076.187.034.083 (cpe-76-187-34-83.tx.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/11/30 19:02:09
I see you decided to turn cam 2 on tonight. Thanks Alek!

108 - United States - Queen Creek Arizona 33.2487°N 111.6343°W "Anonymous" from 072.223.034.212 (ip72-223-34-212.ph.ph.cox.net) wrote at 2014/11/30 19:01:48
Christmas time is here but the webcams keep showing it's online but it won't let me Control them do you know what's wrong? Hope you can fix it

107 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.8883°N 1.4346°W "Gill Luke's mum" from 081.098.102.179 (cpc24-derb12-2-0-cust178.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/11/30 15:53:25
Alek, your son did a good job carving that Turkey, it sure looks tasty. I see your mom has spoilt you all with donuts, could you please send us all one. Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures, you definitely know how to get us all in to the christmas cheer :)

106 - United States - Kennewick Washington 46.0786°N 119.0873°W "Savvy" from 075.142.067.171 (75-142-67-171.dhcp.knwc.wa.charter.com) wrote at 2014/11/30 15:16:09
You bring a little cheer to my day!

105 - United States - Bethlehem Pennsylvania 40.6303°N 75.3941°W "Frank from Pennsylvania" from 072.092.102.252 (pool-72-92-102-252.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/11/30 14:18:24
Looking forward to your Christmas lights!

104 - United States - Morro Bay California 35.3848°N 120.7845°W "Anonymous" from 066.214.200.188 (66-214-200-188.dhcp.snlo.ca.charter.com) wrote at 2014/11/30 10:31:23
Webcam one - Alek up on the roof

103 - United States - City N/A 38.0000°N 97.0000°W "Melissa" from 141.000.008.142 (s09-16.opera-mini.net) wrote at 2014/11/30 09:14:01
hey Alek you can bring them donuts to pa now

102 - United States - Jacksonville Florida 30.2187°N 81.7540°W "Daniel" from 066.177.116.215 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/30 09:03:00
Mmmm donuts

101 - Turkey - City N/A 39.0000°N 35.0000°E "Homer Simpson" from 088.249.201.119 (88.249.201.119.dynamic.ttnet.com.tr) wrote at 2014/11/30 08:26:48
Mmmm Donuts
Alek replies at 08:59 - Homer would have approved of these doughnuts! ;-)
dougnuts with mom

dougnuts

100 - United Kingdom - Leamington Spa Warwickshire 52.3000°N 1.5333°W "Anonymous" from 090.214.075.200 (5ad64bc8.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2014/11/30 06:43:01
morning alek you are up bright and early
Alek replies at 07:17 - My Mom was up early making fresh doughnuts (what an awesome Mom!) and there was a beautiful sunrise, so we went out for a walk. On the way back, we fixed the snowman that had fallen over. We also added some orange cones for the "nose" on the "O's" - am thinking the smaller cone on the left looks better. I still need to setup the house and Santa's Workshop - will turn those respective webcams on when I do. LOTS more stuff to do, but hoping to go live on Monday.
fix snowman

99 - United States - Overland Park Kansas 38.9552°N 94.6449°W "Anonymous" from 068.168.096.205 (68-168-96-205.dedicated.codero.net) wrote at 2014/11/29 17:51:18
The others are all stood up, quick give them some more Egg nog Alek !! :-D

98 - United Kingdom - Wix Essex 51.9000°N 1.1500°E "Harry" from 095.146.247.030 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/29 12:13:25
Alek The snowman in the front yard has fallen down

97 - United Kingdom - Wix Essex 51.9000°N 1.1500°E "Harry" from 095.146.247.030 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/29 12:07:35
Alek your snowman has fallen down

96 - United Kingdom - Carlisle Cumbria 54.8833°N 2.9333°W "alan eason" from 081.152.104.111 (host81-152-104-111.range81-152.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/11/29 11:01:51
as per comment no 85 I think you bring a lot of pleasure into a lot of peoples lives thankyou long may it last

95 - United States - Mohnton Pennsylvania 40.2391°N 75.9660°W "Anonymous" from 108.036.128.225 (pool-108-36-128-225.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/11/29 10:39:31
Wow! Another awesome turkey, Mr.K! Looks like the Komnarnitsky family had a real feast! Nice to see your son as well!

94 - United States - Jacksonville Florida 30.2187°N 81.7540°W "Daniel" from 066.177.116.215 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/29 08:39:06
last thing i remember is it was the 27 of September a.k.a my birthday

93 - United Kingdom - Leamington Spa Warwickshire 52.3000°N 1.5333°W "Anonymous" from 090.214.075.200 (5ad64bc8.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2014/11/29 08:12:08
can't believe a whole year has gone by since I was sitting here watching it all

92 - United Kingdom - Wix Essex 51.9000°N 1.1500°E "Harry" from 095.146.247.030 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/29 03:25:52
Hi alek ar the web cams ar on to day we ar putting some Christmas light up to day and the Christmas tree up to day and on Friday we went to a Christmas fair I hope you have a marry christmas and a happy new year and Santa comes to you and please message me back

91 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/11/28 18:08:46
Are we able to control them tonight?
Alek replies at 18:22 - Not until after the weekend - still lots of testing to do.

90 - United States - Henderson Nevada 36.0397°N 114.9819°W "Anonymous" from 068.108.041.082 (ip68-108-41-82.lv.lv.cox.net) wrote at 2014/11/28 17:36:09
So Alek... concerning the Thanksgiving Day Dinner... do family and friends draw straws for the folding chairs (or vice versa)... or do they go to the kids. Well... just asking! I hope you had a blessed T Day! Gregg from Vegas.

89 - United States - Jacksonville Florida 30.2187°N 81.7540°W "Daniel" from 066.177.116.215 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/28 16:28:40
how old is the big frostey guys you have

88 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W "Anonymous" from 142.229.080.061 (goa80-61.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2014/11/28 15:24:12
looks like someone got Braces! careful don't get that turkey stuck in them!!

87 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/11/28 12:58:05
It's an annual tradition that I post a turkey carving picture ... so here is the "old man" and the "next generation" carver! ;-)
Hope to put some decorations on the house this afternoon and will turn on webcam #1. Planning to go live after the weekend.

turkey carving alek

turkey carving alek

86 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/11/28 07:32:09
Can't wait for everything to go live! This and the Halloween webcams are my favorite webcams!

85 - United States - High Point North Carolina 35.9572°N 80.0418°W "Anonymous" from 174.098.149.146 (cpe-174-098-149-146.triad.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/11/27 21:42:31
Wanted to see some lights tonight! Can't wait! Thanks for all you do Alek! you brighten my little boy's life every year.
Alek replies at 13:00 - That's awesome - love to hear stuff like this!

84 - United States - City N/A 38.0000°N 97.0000°W "Cliff" from 073.023.122.157 (c-73-23-122-157.hsd1.fl.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/11/27 19:07:53
Can't wait to see this!

83 - United Kingdom - Wix Essex 51.9000°N 1.1500°E "Anonymous" from 095.146.247.192 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/27 15:26:15
Sorry alek I have learning difficulties

82 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W "Anonymous" from 142.229.115.128 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/27 14:55:05
you know, for a Brit, you have terrible spelling

81 - United Kingdom - Wix Essex 51.9000°N 1.1500°E "Anonymous" from 095.146.247.192 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/27 14:52:43
Alek wen Are you putting son chiristmas light up please message me back

80 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Dan" from 087.113.079.133 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/27 14:24:31
Happy Thanksgiving to all those across the pond!

79 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.8883°N 1.4346°W "Gill Luke's mum" from 081.098.102.179 (cpc24-derb12-2-0-cust178.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/11/27 11:13:37
Happy Thanksgiving day, hope you your mum and family enjoy the nice things coming your way today.

78 - United States - Jacksonville Florida 30.2187°N 81.7540°W "Daniel" from 066.177.116.215 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/27 08:56:52
happy turkey day from the Robinson family

77 - United States - Granger Indiana 41.7350°N 86.1229°W "Anonymous" from 050.129.042.125 (c-50-129-42-125.hsd1.in.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/11/27 08:50:09
Love your displays Alek and helpers. Happy Thanksgiving to the Komar Family from South Bend,In.

76 - United Kingdom - Romford Havering 51.5833°N 0.2000°E "Anonymous" from 002.025.179.217 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/27 06:59:08
Happy Thanksgiving!

75 - Greece - City N/A 39.0000°N 22.0000°E "Anonymous" from 094.067.113.243 (ppp-94-67-113-243.home.otenet.gr) wrote at 2014/11/27 05:36:12
LOL you work fast

74 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/11/26 21:14:42
Yea, lots of work done on the front yard - my Mom is in town again for Thanksgiving and was a HUGE help! The image below is just before we got started ... then watch the video below - we worked as fast as Santa's Elves! ;-)
christmas front yard setup before



73 - United States - Jacksonville Florida 30.2187°N 81.7540°W "Daniel" from 066.177.116.215 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/26 17:00:14
the Christmas lights are shining bright and glowing all day for me

72 - Canada - Sherwood Park Alberta 53.5190°N 113.3216°W "Anonymous" from 142.229.090.134 (goa90-134.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2014/11/26 16:19:09
sing a song about lights!

71 - United States - Mohnton Pennsylvania 40.2391°N 75.9660°W "Anonymous" from 108.036.128.225 (pool-108-36-128-225.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/11/26 15:31:41
Hey Alek, is that your Mom helping out again? Mom Rocks!

70 - United Kingdom - Wix Essex 51.9000°N 1.1500°E "Harry" from 095.146.247.192 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/26 14:15:10
Yes that is good news

69 - France - Rouvroy Nord-Pas-de-Calais 50.3833°N 2.9000°E "Anonymous" from 090.047.235.172 (ALille-156-1-76-172.w90-47.abo.wanadoo.fr) wrote at 2014/11/26 14:11:14
The Santa Balloon is back!

68 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W "ErrantEgo" from 068.040.236.133 (c-68-40-236-133.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/11/26 13:24:40
Christmas decorations are going up!

67 - United States - Minneapolis Minnesota 44.9800°N 93.2638°W "Anonymous" from 065.128.222.147 (65-128-222-147.mpls.qwest.net) wrote at 2014/11/26 12:39:27
Action on webcam two!

66 - United States - Waterford Michigan 42.6884°N 83.3865°W "Steven McFly" from 099.095.192.094 (99-95-192-94.lightspeed.livnmi.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2014/11/26 01:09:22
Steven from MI, USA here! Can't wait to show my fiancee this site (maybe the kid too)! Been here 3 years in a row, don't expect to miss out this year either! WILL DONATE TOO!

65 - Hungary - City N/A 47.0000°N 20.0000°E "Anonymous" from 079.121.082.098 (host-79-121-82-98.net-tv.hu) wrote at 2014/11/24 15:17:53
Hy Alek, will you put some photos from your neighbor's displays? It can bring some additional christmas spirit :)
Alek replies at 22:41 - My son Kyle and I were up on the roof getting things ready to install up there ... so here's a picture of him with the neighbor's Christmas Display in the background.
christmas display neighbor

64 - United Kingdom - Carlisle Cumbria 54.8833°N 2.9333°W "alan eason" from 081.152.104.111 (host81-152-104-111.range81-152.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/11/24 06:08:45
hi alek has any of your neighbours got any decorations up yet ?
Alek replies at 08:33 - Only the neighbor across the street, but with the nice Thanksgiving weather, I expect we'll see a bunch of people putting up stuff in addition to me.

63 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W "Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/11/23 16:40:15
I can't hear it when I visit with my IPad.

62 - United States - Mohnton Pennsylvania 40.2391°N 75.9660°W "Anonymous" from 108.036.128.225 (pool-108-36-128-225.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/11/23 11:58:30
It's funny, the music used to annoy me after the first visit or two, but now that I don't get any music, I miss it.

61 - United States - Jacksonville Florida 30.2187°N 81.7540°W "Daniel" from 066.177.116.215 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/23 07:29:05
guys this will be my 10th year on this web site :)

60 - United Kingdom - Hayling Hampshire 50.7833°N 0.9667°W "Forced music is annoying" from 082.014.015.188 (cpc1-hava2-2-0-cust443.6-1.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/11/23 01:13:03
I love listening the same the same song on loop for years on end over and over again. Especially MIDI music. Fantastic!

59 - Australia - Camberwell Victoria 37.8333°S 145.0667°E "Anonymous" from 121.214.062.146 (CPE-121-214-62-146.lnse4.win.bigpond.net.au) wrote at 2014/11/22 21:51:15
Thank you Alex for all your work. The Internet loves you.

58 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W "Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/11/22 18:10:29
that truly is fascinating work!

57 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/11/22 17:52:39
Webcam #1 was installed today at the neighbor's house across the street. This provides a good view of the front of the house ... although there is a branch from their Aspen Tree that obscures the sight line ... that will (mostly) clear up once the leaves drop. The pine tree on my driveway keeps growing bigger and encroaching the view - that more of a challenge and wife wasn't too happy when I trimmed it a few years back. I'll be setting up the Christmas Display over the Thanksgiving week and turning the webcams on periodically.
christmas pictures

christmas pictures

christmas pictures
Webcam #2 is in a fixed location (you can see it in the first picture above just to the left of the three bedroom windows) and Webcam #3 is inside at Santa's Workshop. So both are relatively easy to setup compared to Webcam #1 which is a bit of a pain as it is not a permanent location and getting the webcam level is a challenge. Yep, those are pieces of folded cardboard to shim it ... and here's a time-lapse video of the setup. I actually have a 4-port wireless router inside the 6" sewer pipe (here's my writeup on my el-cheapo outdoor webcam enclosure) so I can plug my laptop in for local diagnostics.



56 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Anonymous" from 084.013.206.147 (host-84-13-206-147.opaltelecom.net) wrote at 2014/11/22 17:37:56
Hi Alek. Is there anyway that you can change the audio file format for the music so that it works on Linux? The format that you use isn't supported by Ubuntu based distros and the libraries required are no longer available as far as I know.
Alek replies at 17:50 - I don't have any easy solutions for you there - audio (and video) are just not as widely/easily supported as images. You can go to the Christmas Music webpage and select something there.

55 - United Kingdom - Carlisle Cumbria 54.8833°N 2.9333°W "alan eason" from 081.152.104.111 (host81-152-104-111.range81-152.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/11/22 16:16:28
when does your mom arrive for thanksgiving ?

54 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W "Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/11/22 14:45:32
So close! Can't wait!

53 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.8883°N 1.4346°W "Gill Luke's mum" from 081.098.102.179 (cpc24-derb12-2-0-cust178.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/11/22 04:48:03
Thanks Alek, that Turkey looks really tasty, you did your wife proud. Maybe have a family picture, of you all carving the Thanksgiving Turkey :) I look forward to the Turkey picture every year.

52 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/11/21 20:25:43
Reply to post 43: I happen to be a fan of those webcams. I love to control the different things he's got! My favorites are Sandbox 2 and the LED Tower!

51 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/11/21 18:52:00
So here's the Turkey picture a week early - I had to make one for my wife's company!
thanksgiving turkey

50 - United States - Jacksonville Florida 30.2187°N 81.7540°W "Daniel" from 066.177.116.215 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/21 16:00:49
can you make a video of the test of the inflatables man pls

49 - Lebanon - City N/A 33.8333°N 35.8333°E "Anonymous" from 141.138.179.200 (host-ip200-179-138-141.wise.net.lb) wrote at 2014/11/21 09:03:11
skeleton, tree, lavalamp, lightning ball, clock, and of course SpongeBob!
Alek replies at 18:50 - I think you got 'em all (I call it the Plasma Ball) ... although there s a new monitor too.

48 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W "ErrantEgo" from 068.040.236.133 (c-68-40-236-133.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/11/20 20:55:36
Alek: Alek replies at 12:12 - Man, you guys noticed that quick The thing that caught my eye was the fact that "OFFLINE" was a different, smaller font than the other 2 camera windows. If it didn't have that distinct difference, it would have taken me a little while longer to spot it.

47 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Anonymous" from 002.100.089.070 (host-2-100-89-70.as13285.net) wrote at 2014/11/20 17:52:22
Hi Alek, Is there any way you can make the website music work on Ubuntu? Linux users dont get any sound on you site.

46 - United States - Brandon Florida 27.9003°N 82.3024°W "Sterling nix decoration lover" from 071.180.125.177 (pool-71-180-125-177.tampfl.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/11/20 13:25:21
ok, two things. First of all do you have a good will near you and second of all, if you do, go there now because they have some kick a______ Christmas decorations if you are lucky at really awesome prices

45 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W "ErrantEgo" from 068.040.236.133 (c-68-40-236-133.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/11/20 11:52:09
Alek put a brand new 'OFFLINE' pic for Santas Workshop!
Alek replies at 12:12 - Man, you guys noticed that quick ... just updated it last night as I get ready for the Christmas season.
Mouseover the image to see the picture from 2010 and compare to 2013 - how many new things in Santa's Workshop?!? ;-)

christmas webcam3 offline

44 - United States - Brandon Florida 27.9003°N 82.3024°W "Sterlingnixdecorationliver" from 071.180.125.177 (pool-71-180-125-177.tampfl.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/11/19 15:10:52
Ok, I have two questions...... Do you still have your six foot santa and one more question..... WHAT HAPPENED TO BUGVILLE?!?
Alek replies at 19:28 - Bugville kinda fell apart, so I don't put it out anymore. I have a variety of sizes of Santa ... with the biggest being the 12' inflatable Santa and the 15' Santa Balloon - see pictures in Blog Post #1 - they are quite the challenge when the winds pick up!

43 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/11/18 22:22:50
HEY ... check out this really cool web-controlled LED Light Tower by Carl at TeleToyLand - be sure to also check out the controllable Skeleton! ;-)

42 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/11/18 20:45:19
Nothing major that's new this year ... and believe it or not, we don't even have a tree anymore in the house - the kids are a LOT bigger than 10 years ago! ;-)
christmas 2004 family

41 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/11/18 17:25:00
In Elma, NY near Buffalo, NY, we got TONS of snow with totals supposed to reach about 7 FEET of snow! TOO MUCH SNOW!
Alek replies at 20:43 - We did have the colorado snowstorm of 2006 that dropped a couple of feet ... seven feet would be unreal!
christmas colorado snowstorm

40 - United States - Jacksonville Florida 30.2187°N 81.7540°W "Daniel" from 066.177.116.215 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/18 15:17:03
can you make a video of the test of the inflatables

39 - United States - Brandon Florida 27.9003°N 82.3024°W "Anonymous" from 071.180.125.177 (pool-71-180-125-177.tampfl.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/11/18 14:52:52
Will you have any new inflatabkes or lighted figures this year?

38 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Grotto Tree" from 212.159.114.107 (jacqveares.plus.com) wrote at 2014/11/18 11:00:51
Can't believe it's been a year already, only felt like yesterday that I was taking my setup down. What sort of Christmas decorations do have inside and around you house that we never see?

37 - Brazil - City N/A 10.0000°S 55.0000°W "Anonymous" from 179.181.162.195 (179.181.162.195.dynamic.adsl.gvt.net.br) wrote at 2014/11/17 20:58:57
When are we going to see some decorations?
Alek replies at 22:28 - Not for at least another week. But I've been moving stuff out of the crawl space and testing/fixing things. If the weather warms up, I may fire up the inflatables on the back deck this weekend ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
christmas pictures

christmas pictures

36 - United Kingdom - Newquay Cornwall 50.4167°N 5.0833°W "Larry" from 002.223.250.229 (02dffae5.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2014/11/16 09:54:24
YaaaaaaY!! Snow!! watching this is the only way I will see a white Christmas over here!! :-(

35 - United States - Mcdonough Georgia 33.4514°N 84.1870°W "Dean Mavis" from 162.196.198.183 (162-196-198-183.lightspeed.tukrga.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2014/11/15 18:55:48
live... not love... outside of Atlanta. Ooops! Cheers!

34 - United States - Mcdonough Georgia 33.4514°N 84.1870°W "Dean Mavis" from 162.196.198.183 (162-196-198-183.lightspeed.tukrga.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2014/11/15 18:50:37
I'm enjoying the anticipation of the coming Christmas season, and I am anxious to see your controllable lights again. Thanks for the snow shoveling video. I am a Northerner having grown up in Rochester, NY with lots of snow. I love outside of Atlanta now, so we don't see much snow in our area. But we'll be up north again for what will hopefully be another white Christmas. All the best Alek to you and your family. --Dean Mavis, McDonough, GA

33 - United States - Jacksonville Florida 30.2187°N 81.7540°W "Sarah" from 066.177.116.215 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/15 16:47:49
i love you alek

32 - United States - East Greenville Pennsylvania 40.4180°N 75.5157°W "Anonymous" from 108.036.134.139 (pool-108-36-134-139.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/11/13 23:32:24
Gotta give you props for shoveling such a huge driveway!

31 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W "Anonymous" from 068.151.069.230 (S01060026f304d4af.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/11/13 21:07:31
love Aleks moon walkin
Alek replies at 21:44 - Yea, the time-lapse animation does result in a bit of a "Michael Jackson" look. It's more obvious in the video, but here's an animated GIF.
christmas moonwalk

30 - United States - Sunnyvale California 37.3887°N 122.0188°W "Tracy" from 199.168.151.173 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/13 14:45:34
I can't wait for Christmas. I found a really cute Christmas game for my iPad Santa's Mad Dash, I love the Christmas music and sound effects.

29 - United States - Kutztown Pennsylvania 40.5378°N 75.7812°W "Anonymous" from 072.092.061.196 (pool-72-92-61-196.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/11/12 20:40:25
It certainly is pretty for a first snow!

28 - United Kingdom - Salisbury Wiltshire 51.0667°N 1.7833°W "Centauress" from 213.122.119.016 (host213-122-119-16.range213-122.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/11/12 09:17:46
_________WOOT_________ Snow!!! Thanks Alek X

27 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/11/12 08:48:09
We had several inches of snow overnight ... so while the only Christmas Lights in the video below are the ones hanging from the roof, I thought people might want to see some white stuff!


26 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/11/11 17:35:52
I'm happy it's ALMOST Christmas! 43 days and 4 hours (Eastern) to go!

25 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W "Anonymous" from 068.151.069.230 (S01060026f304d4af.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/11/11 17:29:11
You should check out his grass growing page. Komar org

24 - United States - Denver Colorado 39.8474°N 104.9459°W "Anonymous" from 107.002.244.016 (c-107-2-244-16.hsd1.co.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/11/11 17:03:45
gonna be a cold one tonight - have any snow?

23 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W "Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/11/09 19:14:47
That's just a bit early..... You're as bad as the retailers

22 - United States - Camden Wyoming Delaware 39.0823°N 75.6122°W "Anonymous" from 050.190.128.244 (c-50-190-128-244.hsd1.de.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/11/09 15:25:02
So excited for Christmas I convinced my family to put up the tree today instead of our usual day on Thanksgiving!

21 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/11/07 16:34:09
Over Halloween, one of the X10 Super Sockets went bad - see the picture below and detailed breakdown at the link. This typically happens several times during the holiday season because they aren't designed for bazillions of ON/OFF's. Since there aren't as many lights out at Halloween, I just "substituted" some Appliance Modules ... but those are only rated for about 4 Amps versus 15 for the Super Socket ... and I'll need all four dedicated circuits for Christmas. It's a little bit of work to replace and squeeze it into the outlet box ... but a LOT nicer to do when it's 65°F and sunny ... versus when I've had to do in snowy, sub-freezing temperatures in December!
broken X10 super sockets

broken X10 super sockets closeup

20 - United States - Wernersville Pennsylvania 40.3420°N 76.0846°W "Anonymous" from 072.092.063.054 (pool-72-92-63-54.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/11/06 20:27:07
The icicle lights on his house do double duty for Halloween and Christmas. Pretty wise of Mr.K!

19 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W "Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/11/05 17:40:06
I don't think he starts this early. He usually turns it on after US thanksgiving.

18 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W "ErrantEgo" from 068.040.236.133 (c-68-40-236-133.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/11/05 13:42:04
Alek is starting to put up lights! ___excited___ lol

17 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/11/04 15:14:50
Halloween is officially a wrap as I've taken everything down and shut down the Blog. Here's the videos from Halloween night showing the lights/inflatables going on and off as trick-or-treaters come by. First is webcam #1 looking at the house, then webcam #2 looking at the front yard, and then finally, webcam #3 in the Haunted Office. I did some slo-mo at a few "interesting" parts ... the funniest one is on webcam1 at 19:02 when a family is posing for a pictures by Frankenstein and some Internet user deflates it on top of them - D'OH! ;-)






16 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W "Dan" from 087.112.016.223 (unresolvable) wrote at 2014/11/02 06:21:32
This must be at least my third year on this site...so who's looking forward to Christmas then?

15 - United States - Glendale Arizona 33.5386°N 112.1860°W "Anonymous" from 068.106.030.163 (ip68-106-30-163.ph.ph.cox.net) wrote at 2014/11/01 20:14:11
Greetings From WE7GV

14 - United States - Brandon Florida 27.9003°N 82.3024°W "Sterling nix decoration lover" from 071.180.125.177 (pool-71-180-125-177.tampfl.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/11/01 11:45:35
Do you have any blowmolds? If you do, could you take a pic. Of them

13 - United States - Brandon Florida 27.9003°N 82.3024°W "Sterling nix. Decoration lover" from 071.180.125.177 (pool-71-180-125-177.tampfl.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/10/31 21:56:29
And by the way, where did you get the Elmo inflatable? And just some suggestions that would be cool for the display if you see them around, blowmolds would be cool for christmas like maybe a santa and a snowman, and maybe an inflatable 12 ft snowman. I was just looking in homedepot about a week ago and for just 89.99 there was this huge inflatable seven foot wide twelve foot tall snowman WITH a kaleidoscope design that moved around in it. SOOO cool for such a good price, and as someone mentioned in the halloween blog, maybe you could put a webcam by ur front door. That would be super cool. Oh and sorry to keep your little longer but one more question.... Do y'all ever get vandilized?
Alek replies at 08:41 - I'm sure Elmo came from one of the big-box stores. Big Santa is a 12' inflatable (the Santa Balloon is 15'!) so while that mega-Snowman sounds cool, they present some challenges ... especially when it gets windy. No major new items - slim pickings at the garage sales. Almost every year the display is vandalized ... by squirrels who chew on the wiring! ;-)

12 - United States - Brandon Florida 27.9003°N 82.3024°W "Anonymous" from 071.180.125.177 (pool-71-180-125-177.tampfl.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/10/31 21:49:12
What new stuff do you have this year?

11 - United States - Depew New York 42.8955°N 78.7071°W "Shawn" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2014/10/31 20:29:24
Can't wait for Christmas music soon on the 2 Buffalo local radio stations!

10 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/10/31 12:32:59
Remember that Halloween is the warmup for Christmas - it's looking kinda spooky - D'OH! ;)
Check out the trick-or-treaters on the Controllable Halloween Decorations webcam tonight - more pictures/video on the Halloween Blog.

halloween house

halloween front yard

halloween haunted office

9 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W "Anonymous" from 068.151.069.230 (S01060026f304d4af.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2014/10/30 21:08:32
This blog is going to be o be rockin in 2014!

8 - United States - Morrisville North Carolina 35.8601°N 78.8326°W "Anonymous" from 024.106.181.190 (rrcs-24-106-181-190.se.biz.rr.com) wrote at 2014/10/30 05:23:39
I CANT WAIT ANOTHER YEAR OF GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FROM ALEK!!!!!!!

7 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W "ErrantEgo" from 068.040.236.133 (c-68-40-236-133.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/10/29 22:05:21
Its the most wonderful time of the year!!!

6 - United States - Belleville Michigan 42.1759°N 83.4807°W "Richard" from 024.011.196.174 (c-24-11-196-174.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2014/10/29 14:49:29
I love the christmas blog!

5 - Europe - City N/A 47.0000°N 8.0000°E "Anonymous" from 082.145.217.050 (z58-11.opera-mini.net) wrote at 2014/10/29 14:11:44
Very marry Christmas for everyone! But first - happy Haloween! - from Hungary

4 - United Kingdom - Lincoln Lincolnshire 53.0908°N 0.4081°W "alan eason" from 086.160.115.139 (host86-160-115-139.range86-160.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/10/29 14:03:22
just saw my first xmas tree in someones window today but aleks xmas blog is the start of xmas

3 - United Kingdom - Burgess Hill West Sussex 50.9691°N 0.1114°W "Euan" from 081.147.011.123 (host81-147-11-123.range81-147.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/10/29 13:21:25
#3 HO HO HO!

2 - Canada - Toronto Ontario 43.7193°N 79.4300°W "Anonymous" from 070.029.061.177 (bas1-toronto07-1176321457.dsl.bell.ca) wrote at 2014/10/29 12:50:01
Christmas season has officially started

1 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado Alek says at 2014/10/29 12:00:00
It's two days before Halloween and needless to say, there will be lots of Trick-or-Treaters checking out the crazy halloween decorations tomorrow ... which is also seeable online on the halloween webcam. But this is just the warmup for Christmas so I have re-enabled commenting on the Christmas Blog ... and I hope to have the zany christmas webcam online by December 1st and maybe sometime after Thanksgiving. As one person wrote to me "Can I have you as my dad? It just keeps getting more awesome each year Alek!" ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
christmas house

christmas house wide angle

christmas front yard

christmas santa workshop



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