4 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.082.048 (goa82-48.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2012/10/30 14:37:29 Countdown begins! 56 days till Christmas! JINGLE BELLS JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE ALL THE WAY!!. OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO WATCH ALEK'S WEBCAM'S EVERY DAY HEY!!
7 - United Kingdom - Tamworth St. Helens 52.6167°N 1.6833°W"Equus" from 081.159.012.061 (unresolvable) wrote at 2012/10/31 06:52:36 hey Alek This something I've been Meaning to ask, But.... Do You Loose a Lot of Lamps/Bulbs to the Temperture Changes? ie if it REALLY Cold and The are switch on...
Alek replies at 10:02 - With as many lights as I have, there are always some burning out - just the nature of the business.
10 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/11/01 23:26:27 HULK beats Obama and Romney on the Halloween webcam.
It was very close ... with quite a bit of ballot stuffing. Fortunately, the Perl scripts were able to detect this ... and after manual verification, those votes were invalidated. In 2008, Obama won with 21,966 votes ... followed by McCain with 21,821 and HULK with 21,692. For 2012, it looks like we are sending a Big Green Monster to the White House as the final tally was:
16,161 - HULK
15,373 - Romney
15,345 - Obama
Congradulations to the Green Party Candidate and I'm sure he'll do a SMASHING job! ;-)
11 - United States - Babson Park Massachusetts 42.2987°N 71.2595°W"Anonymous" from 098.216.184.166 (c-98-216-184-166.hsd1.ma.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/11/02 03:23:52 I looked through previous year blogs and did not find the answer. One of your web cams used to be across the street. Now it is back on your property. What happened if I may ask?
18 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.081.070 (goa81-70.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2012/11/08 15:49:16 with the amount of snow up here Already, you'd think it was Christmas!! Can't wait for Burrito Reindeer and the fun times ahead!
19 - United Kingdom - Basingstoke Hampshire 51.2667°N 1.0833°W"Anonymous" from 086.179.164.231 (host86-179-164-231.range86-179.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2012/11/09 15:45:45 Alek - Whats new for this Christmas?
Alek replies at 21:0 - Nothing major for decorations/lights, but did get a loaner webcams for the holidays, so webcam #1 (front of the house) and especially webcam #3 (Santa's Workshop) will be looking nicer. Also, the nice folks at SoftLayer provided an upgrade to the servers so things should run smoother.
21 - United States - Portage Indiana 41.5933°N 87.1562°W"Anonymous" from 098.213.174.002 (c-98-213-174-2.hsd1.in.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/11/12 17:26:47 No Halloween lights this year? Looking forward to Christmas lights..ho ho ho!
Alek replies at 19:10 - Uhhhhhh ... Halloween was almost two weeks ago, so you missed all that action - see post #14.
24 - China - Chengdu Sichuan 30.6667°N 104.0667°E"George Keel" from 125.069.150.126 (unresolvable) wrote at 2012/11/15 01:46:59 wow!I can not wait it any more!!!!!I am so excited.I have prepared for it. If you are preparing for it,you can visit my website(LINK DELETED believe you will be excited too!Come on!
37 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9333°N 1.5000°W"Gill (Luke's mum)" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/11/17 20:29:39 Dont forget I'd like to see a picture of that Thanksgiving turkey, it sure looked good last year Alek. Have a nice Thanksgiving, Gill(Luke's mum)
39 - Anonymous Proxy - City N/A 0.0000°N 0.0000°E"Anonymous" from 193.200.150.082 (mail82.anonymouse.org) wrote at 2012/11/18 11:24:26 Happy AFTER Thanksgiving to all! That means Komar lights and sales on Black Friday!! HAPPY HAPPY!
48 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/11/21 11:48:06 Here's what those inflatables look like after removing from the boxes, screwing 'em down to wood bases, and blowing 'em up! That's my buddy Jeffrey and son Kyle in the picture with yours truly. Look carefully and you'll see my other son Dirk holding up the 12' Santa and the tall Homer ... plus even my wife Wendy is in the first picture -
here's a closeup in case you can't spot her.
I couldn't decide which picture I looked better ... mouseover each image to see compared to the other one
Overhead view of the inflatables deflated
49 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.085.029 (goa85-29.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2012/11/21 14:55:21 maybe some day they'll have inflatables even bigger than 12 feet!? (how tall is Santa??) can you imagine????
Alek replies at 15:42 - Actually, Home Depot sells a 16' Santa ... but no desire to get that since even the 12' one is pretty unwieldy, especially if the wind picks up. But HEY, size matters when it comes to Santa - here's a picture from 2007 of a 20' Santa at a neighbor's house ... they must deflate it when it gets windy.
50 - Canada - City N/A 60.0000°N 95.0000°W"Richard" from 198.090.084.109 (blk-198-90-84-109.eastlink.ca) wrote at 2012/11/21 20:51:41 Happy Thanksgiving to your entire family Alek. Looking forward to a great Christmas holiday season. Thanks for doing this again this year.
51 - United Kingdom - Worcester Worcestershire 52.2000°N 2.2000°W"Equus" from 086.185.092.049 (host86-185-92-49.range86-185.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2012/11/22 02:47:30 Hi Alek, Question from Karen... How do You keep the Mosture out of the Blow up Clear Snow Globe? Her's Always ends up full of it and then that Stops the fake snow inside.... Thanks
Alek replies at 23:54 - I have the same problem - no easy solution.
58 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9333°N 1.5000°W"Gill and Luke" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/11/22 16:13:18 Happy Thanksgiving to Alek and Family, hope you have a nice day. From Gill and Luke.
62 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/11/23 09:01:23 Happy Thanksgiving to everyone ... and since a common request is to see a turkey picture, here it is ((mouseover image to see another view) of yours truly about to carve it up with the neighbor's multi-colored Ginsu knives!
67 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 126.96.36.199 (unresolvable) wrote at 2012/11/23 12:56:20 perhaps Alek should shake things up a little this year. maybe put a few inflatables in some different places? a fresh look for 2012? :)
Alek replies at 13:14 - Probably not a lot of changes ... since the current setup is designed for maximum numbers of inflatables and lights within the webcam field of view! ;-)
69 - United States - Bristol Pennsylvania 40.1172°N 74.8495°W"Anonymous" from 072.092.070.219 (pool-72-92-70-219.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2012/11/23 17:30:55 What a yummy looking turkey, Alek! Hope your family had a Happy Thanksgiving! So jazzed to see the decorations starting to go up too! Woo Hoo!
70 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9333°N 1.5000°W"Anonymous" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/11/23 19:52:22 Alek, thank you so much for the Tuekey picture, it looks so delicious. Luke loves this time of year, and cannot wait to get some decorations up. Not heard from a few of you in a while, kina, dave from UK,hope you both ok. Alek, thank you for all you do,
71 - United Kingdom - City N/A 54.0000°N 2.0000°W"Emcgnrpz" from 109.073.078.099 (99-78-73-109.rackcentre.redstation.net.uk) wrote at 2012/11/24 04:31:59 Hence, your previous monetary mistakes can not themselves in very problematic situation. Such persons may apply for loan via internet as well not do credit checks. , ___a no HTML links="LINK DELETED loans___/a___, ___url="LINK DELETED loans___/url___, LINK DELETED unsecured loans, jhc,
72 - United States - La Porte Texas 29.6883°N 95.0608°W"Anonymous" from 188.8.131.52 (108-234-233-192.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2012/11/24 07:58:32 I thought there would be snow by now. Oh well, it's still looking a lot like Christmas....
77 - United States - Morgantown West Virginia 39.6456°N 79.9433°W"Anonymous" from 098.236.074.128 (c-98-236-74-128.hsd1.wv.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/11/25 08:00:10 Can we get the lights up tonight?
Alek replies at 10:09 - It's been a bit breezy ... so I'm a little behind in the setup. The lights/controls will NOT be online tonight ... but hoping to fire things up Monday.
81 - United States - Boonton New Jersey 40.9422°N 74.4196°W"AGENT SALT AND AGENT PEPPER" from 067.085.122.216 (ool-43557ad8.dyn.optonline.net) wrote at 2012/11/25 13:11:41 Happy SKODOOSHGADOOSHMEHPOOSHPAYDAYc***ALAYODAY DAY FROM AGENT SALT WHO IS THE SANTA ANE AGENT PEPPER WHO KEEPS FOLLOWING AND SCREAMING DOH! WE JUST CAME BACK FROM APPLEBEES AND ATE POOPY PIE AND ONION DONUT DIP. REMEMBER CHILDREN TO NEVER SAY DOH OR U WILL TURN INTO A POOPY PIE LIKE OUR FRIEND AGENT ASPATAGUS DID! UNLESS YOU WANT TO TURN INTO A POOPY PIE. O AND HAPPY EASTER AND FOURTH OF MAY AND MERRY CHNUKKAH AND HAPPY CHRISTMAS. I HOPE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE POOPS OUT A RAINBOW WHEN YOU ARE SLEEPING. WELL ANYWAYS, WHATSUP? WE ARE CURRENTLY IN SWEDEN AT LUCNCH BREAK FOR A FACTORY THAT MAKES FAKE DIOHREEA AND SKOODOSHES PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY. TOODALOO!
88 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/11/26 07:57:37 So I knew some weather was coming in today, but was hoping the freezing drizzle would not happen ... but it did. So it is not safe to climb on the roof and I'm therefore not able to finish settings things up. This means the rest of the webcams and X10 controls will NOT go live tonight as hoped ... but should happen Tuesday as the weather improves. Sorry about the delay - full refunds for the big bucks 'ya all paid! ;-)
92 - United States - Sioux Falls South Dakota 43.5500°N 96.7003°W"Anonymous" from 184.108.40.206 (host-135-166-107-208.midco.net) wrote at 2012/11/26 17:01:38 What is the Weather forcast for your City/Town for Tuesday
Alek replies at 17:28 - It's a fast moving cold front - warmer and sunny tomorrow - perfect "climbing on roof" weather.
94 - United States - Silver Lake Kansas 39.1617°N 95.8068°W"Paul" from 076.007.235.093 (ks-76-7-235-93.dhcp.embarqhsd.net) wrote at 2012/11/26 21:51:52 You just be careful. Enjoy the display but no sense in getting hurt. Especially considering the grief that you would catch at home. :)
95 - United States - Overland Park Kansas 38.9822°N 94.6708°W"Crazy Kina in KC" from 099.155.188.245 (99-155-188-245.lightspeed.mssnks.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2012/11/26 22:13:23 Merry Christmas Mr. G and Family. Missed the Halloween lights this year but, I'm here for the Christmas lights.
99 - United Kingdom - Hayling Hampshire 50.7833°N 0.9667°W"Anonymous" from 082.030.029.129 (cpc7-hava2-2-0-cust384.6-1.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/11/27 09:41:21 Guys you can see the webcam live on the front garden by going to watching grass grow, Google it.
100 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.081.238 (goa81-238.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2012/11/27 09:43:32 but he's not doing the work there, he's doing work on the house. can't see the house at Watching Grass Grow.
101 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.081.238 (goa81-238.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2012/11/27 12:26:40 looks like your tree is getting pretty big there on the left. might need to re-position that cam some day!
Alek replies at 20:37 - Tell me about it ... just hard to ask my neighbor's to move their 2nd floor balcony! ;-)
102 - South Africa - Cape Town Western Cape 33.9258°S 18.4232°E"rhb" from 041.150.083.010 (8ta-150-83-10.telkomadsl.co.za) wrote at 2012/11/27 12:40:21 Hi Alex. Would there be any interest in an Android App version of your website?
Alek replies at 14:23 - The webpage is pretty standard HTML ... so should render fine on a phone's browser ... just a bit smaller.
104 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.081.238 (goa81-238.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2012/11/27 15:50:06 is it just me or does Webcam 2 seem to have a much larger area this time? the inflatables look further away!
110 - United States - City N/A 38.0000°N 97.0000°W"Sandy SLeigh Foot" from 069.035.192.247 (dpc6935192247.direcpc.com) wrote at 2012/11/27 18:39:02 BY GOD..THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS..MERRY XMAS..AND THANK YOU FOR THE THE WONDERFULL SHOW..
111 - United States - Montville New Jersey 40.9117°N 74.3631°W"Agent salt" from 024.046.090.007 (ool-182e5a07.dyn.optonline.net) wrote at 2012/11/27 18:46:58 ALL, MY AGENT PEPPER IS NOW CRYING IN THE CORNER BECAUSE OF YOUR MEAN COMMENTS. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES! WE ARE IN SERIOUS BUSINESS AND WE JUST WANTED TO WISH PEOPLE JOY AND GIFT IDEAS TO THE HOLIDAY!!!! HOW EOULD YOU KNOW WHAT DONUT ONION DIP TASTES LIKE IF WE DIDN'T RECOMMEND IT TO YOU. ALEK!!!!!! WE NEED ADVICE ON HOW TO STOP OUR TREE FROM POOPING RAINBOWS PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE.
113 - United States - Beaverton Oregon 45.4573°N 122.7992°W"random person" from 050.053.221.220 (static-50-53-221-220.bvtn.or.frontiernet.net) wrote at 2012/11/27 18:54:34 I personaly think that this is very cool and any one that says this is stupid... SHAME ON YOU
115 - United States - Rochester New York 43.1548°N 77.6156°W"Greg from Greece NY" from 096.025.118.040 (96-25-118-40.cle.clearwire-wmx.net) wrote at 2012/11/28 00:29:46 Merry Christmas every one!! Hey Alek does all the decorations in October and December do any damage to your lawn? Have you had Any vandals?
Alek replies at 08:04 - The lawn turns a bit yellow where the wood platforms sit, but it bounces right back in the Spring. Biggest vandals are the squirrels eating an occasional wire! ;-)
116 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.114.084 (unresolvable) wrote at 2012/11/28 08:56:30 Alek. PLEASE ban 024.046.090.007. he's been doing this sort of nonsense for days now and he has no plan to stop as you can see.
Alek replies at 09:11 - The best approach is to just try to ignore people posting stuff you don't agree with and/or are annoying.
117 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W"Anonymous" from 068.040.209.221 (c-68-40-209-221.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/11/28 11:02:12 Powerball Jackpot just grew to ___550 million - I'm gonna win, and we are ALL gonna put Celiac Disease in its place!
120 - Canada - Saint John New Brunswick 45.2667°N 66.0667°W"Walter C." from 156.034.025.132 (stjhnbsu0nw-156034025132.dhcp-dynamic.FibreOp.nb.bellaliant.net) wrote at 2012/11/28 12:51:14 I enjoy your Christmas and Halloween displays every year, BUT I wonder why Pumpkin Jack is there on the Christmas scene. Is it someone's sentimental favorite?
Alek replies at 17:08 - Yep - Pumpkin Jack is Back! ;-)
122 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.114.084 (unresolvable) wrote at 2012/11/28 15:53:35 now for the burrito Reindeer! hehe
Alek replies at 17:10 - The Burrito Reindeer, 15' Santa Balloon, and a numbers of things aren't setup yet - sorry I just ran out of time. I did finish Santa's Workshop and most of the front house ... but there is still a lot of work to do in the Front Yard ... but hope to make some progress tomorrow.
123 - United States - Kansas City Kansas 39.0734°N 94.7177°W"Crazy Kina in KC" from 063.076.228.130 (host130.nationstitle.com) wrote at 2012/11/28 17:15:00 Alek the lights and controls are great as always. I will be enjoying them this year with my granddaughters, 2 and 1. Love this season.
127 - United Kingdom - Londonderry Derry 55.0000°N 7.3333°W"Anonymous" from 002.100.077.080 (host-2-100-77-80.as13285.net) wrote at 2012/11/29 17:22:29 It's nice to see the Christmas lights on again Alek. Like I said last year, it's becoming a real Christmas tradition in our house.
128 - United States - Hennessey Oklahoma 36.0707°N 97.9077°W"Orihime" from 208.114.037.238 (208-114-37-238.dyn.hsi.pldi.net) wrote at 2012/11/29 20:29:09 Do you have a facebook page for your christmas lights? Love to watch the lights, it is so cool. I wish I could set up some lights like that.
131 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.080.081 (goa80-81.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2012/11/30 13:54:43 Pretty sure that isn't Mrs. K
Alek replies at 21:54 - Correct - that was actually my Mom helping me out! ;-)
132 - United States - Boise Idaho 43.6135°N 116.2035°W"Harold Homeier - Boise, Idaho" from 024.116.011.111 (24-116-11-111.cpe.cableone.net) wrote at 2012/11/30 16:45:17 I've been visiting this website every Christmas for the last few years and have enjoyed it very much. Thanks Alek for all that you do. - Blessings from Idaho!
133 - United States - Norman Oklahoma 35.2330°N 97.4122°W"Anonymous" from 072.200.220.089 (ip72-200-220-89.ok.ok.cox.net) wrote at 2012/12/01 12:17:29 Hey Alex since all the stuff in your yard is sit up facing the cam and not the street, do you have a sign or something lit up to tell drivers that pass by where to see your lights? Just wondering.
Alek replies at 12:57 - A lot of the display does face the street ... but there is no sign ... but most people know it is online and I can see 'em controlling the Christmas Display via their smart phones.
135 - United States - Whittaker Michigan 42.1281°N 83.5997°W"jr" from 024.011.196.036 (c-24-11-196-36.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/12/01 13:14:46 Alek what webcams do you use
Alek replies at 12:54 - It's a hodge-podge of donated webcams ... which makes the setup/integration more work, but with a bit of bailing wire/duct tape, it all works. Webcam #1 is an AXIS 215, Webcam #2 is a Vivotek FD8362, and Webcam #3 is an IQinVision IQeye IQ33N.
137 - United States - Livonia Michigan 42.3684°N 83.3720°W"Anonymous" from 097.071.022.147 (97-71-22-147.res.bhn.net) wrote at 2012/12/01 17:57:55 I wish alek would have the cams streaming video instead of these images every 2 seconds it would be better because when you limit something it causes a bottleneck and everyone suffers. If there is anything I could do to make that happen I would gladly help out whatever way that is necessary. Let me know alek please. Thank you!
142 - United Kingdom - City N/A 54.0000°N 2.0000°W"Larry Homes" from 090.197.202.077 (5ac5ca4d.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2012/12/02 16:08:24 Sitting in Cornwall, UK, watching you make the final few "tweaks", only 55 mins till blast off!! I can't wait as I have spent all day setting up my lights today and I am looking forward to having a play with yours after waiting for 11 months! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
143 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W"Anonymous" from 068.040.209.221 (c-68-40-209-221.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/12/02 16:46:57 LOL, are you letting the neighborhood kids play with the lights before the rest of the world?
Alek replies at 22:12 - They are "testing" it for me ... plus they have a lot of fun.
146 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W"Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2012/12/02 19:29:01 ALEK, please. Can you do something about these spamming children on the IM? This is a family site, yet they're being ver vulgar and abusive towards your wife. Come on, there has to be limits!
149 - Canada - Verdun Quebec 45.4500°N 73.5667°W"Anonymous" from 070.030.236.223 (bas1-montreal48-1176431839.dsl.bell.ca) wrote at 2012/12/02 19:34:42 You have a very nice house. It's a shame the spammers had to come and screw with it. Much bless
150 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W"Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2012/12/02 19:46:59 I've been coming here for 5 years, the spammer group is making me want to stop coming back. They go or I go.
151 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W"Anonymous" from 068.040.209.221 (c-68-40-209-221.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/12/02 19:48:48 @ last comment: This is probably a temporary thing, I am sure Alek is going to take care of this garbage. Please be patient
161 - United States - Montville New Jersey 40.9117°N 74.3631°W"Anonymous" from 024.046.090.007 (ool-182e5a07.dyn.optonline.net) wrote at 2012/12/03 17:38:23 Alek, does it get annoying to see lights and inflatables going in and out and up and down while inside, and especially while eating dinner? Or does your family enjoy it? Merry Christmas.
Alek replies at 18:04 - I've been doing this for over a decade ... so I actually hardly notice it! ;-)
164 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.081.157 (goa81-157.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2012/12/04 09:10:28 for some reason, I noticed last night that my Instant messages were not showing up on the Laptop screen but they were being included in the list of messages. And the Blog was not working for me either.
165 - United States - Burbank California 34.1994°N 118.2914°W"guardNOW" from 099.178.221.241 (adsl-99-178-221-241.dsl.irvnca.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2012/12/04 19:09:35 Every year, we hear on the news about all those people who are mostly quite sensible the rest of the year, whose Christmas trees caught fire. Don't become one of them!
Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item. Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. If you use an artificial tree, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire-resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label. Only use indoor lights indoors. (Look for the UL label.) Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections. Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards, but do not run cords under rugs, around furniture legs or across doorways. If using a natural tree, make sure it is well watered to avoid dry branches from catching fire from the heat of light bulbs. Fire extinguishers may seem like overkill, but the ability to quickly tackle a small fire before it gets out of control is a small investment. And make sure they are working, visible and accessible. In the worst-case scenario, if you do have to call the fire department, and if you're a single woman (or a g** man), here's hoping he's single and cute, and, of course, prevents any fire damage. This goes for all couples straight and g** too (just the last part though)! Wishing you all a Safe and Happy Christmas Party!
167 - United States - Rochester New York 43.1548°N 77.6156°W"Greg from Greece NY" from 096.025.118.040 (96-25-118-40.cle.clearwire-wmx.net) wrote at 2012/12/05 02:08:50 Has any one seen the 'The Christmas story 2" Yet? Went straight to Dvd. Merry Christmas and peace on Earth!!
170 - United States - Montville New Jersey 40.9117°N 74.3631°W"Anonymous" from 024.046.090.007 (ool-182e5a07.dyn.optonline.net) wrote at 2012/12/05 17:46:58 Do you ever have people who stop and take pictures and videos in front of your display or stop there cars just to admire the work?
Alek replies at 17:50 - Happens all the time with the largest crowds by far on Christmas Eve.
171 - United States - Sioux Falls South Dakota 43.5500°N 96.7003°W"Michael Haibeck:Rapid City,South Dakota" from 220.127.116.11 (host-135-166-107-208.midco.net) wrote at 2012/12/05 17:51:29 Hope you get some snow on your Display so it will look very very nice
Alek replies at 17:52 - It was almost 70°F today ... but weather is changing and we might have snow this weekend ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
172 - United States - Cumming Georgia 34.1483°N 84.1404°W"Chris M." from 076.097.164.249 (c-76-97-164-249.hsd1.ga.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/12/05 18:24:05 Alek, thanks for spreading the Christmas Cheer another year. Christmas Lights, Etc is proud to make another donation for 2012 to support the Celiac disease research.
Alek replies at 18:33 - Christmas Lights Etc. has been a long time sponsor/donator for the Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease - their help in raising over $70,000 for charity is greatly appreciated.
174 - Canada - Calgary Alberta 51.0833°N 114.0833°W"Wil" from 070.072.180.141 (S01060026f31a145f.cg.shawcable.net) wrote at 2012/12/05 20:23:24 Once again a fantastic job Alek! Best to you and yours throughout the season! Cheers
175 - United States - Sioux Falls South Dakota 43.5500°N 96.7003°W"Michael H" from 18.104.22.168 (host-135-166-107-208.midco.net) wrote at 2012/12/05 21:31:37 Hey Alex might want to go outside & fix Balloon Santa
Alek replies at 21:40 - The 15' Santa Balloon is quite the challenge to keep upright ... plus as seen in post #140, it's taken some damage.
176 - United States - Minot North Dakota 48.1387°N 101.3393°W"ed" from 024.220.026.017 (host-17-26-220-24.midco.net) wrote at 2012/12/06 02:08:38 no streaming cam yet maybe setup through ustream or some thing.
Alek replies at 10:04 - I do generate some time-lapse of the footage which can be seen on the Christmas videos page. The webcams don't have the image quality of my Canon DSLR (check out images below and compare to post #156) ... although the IQinVision IQeye IQ33N does pretty well. In fairness, the others are outside (so they are, of course, domed), but the IQeye is still a step up in terms of image quality and is a pretty kick-a** webcam - I really appreciate them loaning it to me for the holidays.
177 - Ukraine - City N/A 49.0000°N 32.0000°E"Anonymous" from 077.047.164.079 (22.214.171.124.pptp.ntu-kpi.kiev.ua) wrote at 2012/12/06 11:16:45 What is the person and light by Elmo next to the garage?
Alek replies at 11:22 - Good spot ... that is actually me with a laptop to confirm things look good on the webcam - I moved the picture up from blog post #176 so you can see below.
181 - United Kingdom - Nuneaton Warwickshire 52.5167°N 1.4667°W"Richard" from 082.013.043.174 (cpc8-warw12-2-0-cust173.3-2.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/12/07 00:58:55 Alek - get yourself some ShoeGoo to repair the damaged balloon strut. Brilliant stuff for mending most things. For a stronger repair embed some fiberglass tape into the ShoeGoo. I've even used it to mend a cracked plastic bath tub! Merry Christmas.
Alek replies at 11:08 - That's a serious stress point, so I doubt that would hold ... but I appreciate the suggestion. However, I did contact Home Depot a few days ago when the strut broke and they hooked me up with Gemmy who makes the Santa Balloon. And they are sending a replacement strut ... which may arrive as early as later today - YEA!
182 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.093.132 (goa93-132.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2012/12/07 12:12:34 hey Alek, where did you get that Snoopy Inflatable?
Alek replies at 13:34 - I got it years ago - probably one of my many 50-75% off post-holiday sales ... now I just need to find a Red Baron! ;-)
186 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/12/08 14:46:06 The broken strut (see blog post #140 and 181 for background/pictures) has been replaced! As mentioned, Gemmy sent a replacement strut (two actually ... so I have a backup) and it popped right in - here's the new part versus the old part. Looks like they are using Brass Screws now, although slightly smaller head - it popped right in. Gemmy and Home Depot ROCKS!!!!
Remember this balloon has been used a LOT for 4 years ... and gets inflated/deflated a bazillions times by people around the world. So it's pretty amazing it has held up as well as it has. Here's some pictures of some of the other "damage" - tears have developed in the fabric which reduces the inflation power, but so far the packing tape seems to be holding. And a couple of plastic tabs have broken off on the top. Incidentally, check out the sky behind that last picture - weather is moving in tonight!
188 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W"Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2012/12/08 16:54:48 17 days till Christmas... Let's make the most of this place!! Turn on and off like you never have before!!
191 - United Kingdom - Great Dunmow Essex 51.8833°N 0.3667°E"Hannah" from 095.146.209.096 (unresolvable) wrote at 2012/12/09 15:52:23 I was looking forward to seeing some snow :(
Alek replies at 16:02 - Yea, so much for the weatherman - did get cold, but zippo snow - with warming trend the next couple of days - darn!!!
192 - United Kingdom - City N/A 54.0000°N 2.0000°W"alan eason" from 031.051.139.018 (host31-51-139-18.range31-51.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2012/12/09 16:25:52 hi enjoy watching your lights from here in the uk great keep it up
193 - United States - Rochester New York 43.1548°N 77.6156°W"Greg from Greece NY" from 096.025.118.040 (96-25-118-40.cle.clearwire-wmx.net) wrote at 2012/12/10 04:03:48 Sadly No snow here ;(! Normal snow fall for us in Rochester NY is 10" YTD but we only seen .08" so far BUT it beats last years .03" of snow...lol! I Googled the odds for a white Christmas for here is 60% for a inch 23% for 5 inches, and 3% 10+". As for the next 7 days ,looks like maybe a stray flurry Tuesday..woo! BUT the weather man said there is a Hemispheric pattern change has begun, witness blizzard in upper midwest. Should lead to 3 decent snow chances in Rochester from 17th thru Christmas!!
194 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Russ" from 142.229.085.203 (goa85-203.ext.gov.ab.ca) wrote at 2012/12/10 10:57:14 it would be very odd to see This place without Snow on Christmas Day. Alek when did the last Brown Christmas happen there?
196 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/12/10 15:42:51 One of the X10 Super Socket blew out last night - specifically, zone #4 on the outside panel at 21:52:53 when it went ON,
but never went OFF - check out the footage in
- I had to unplug after show close at 10:00 as even the auto-shutdown
sequence didn't turn it off.
Per the Circuit layout/electrical analysis diagram at the bottom of the webcam page, this provides power and
control to the Upper Roof Icicles, Purple Orbs, Column/Bubble Lights,
SnowGlobe, LED Tree, Penguin, Bells, and Santa Heli - a total of 11.0 Amps and 3,300 lights.
I used up the last of my extension cords and Appliance Modules to
jury-rig a fix ... but had to unplug half of the icicle lights and the Bells
since they can't carry as much Amperage.
I hope to replace the Super Socket tomorrow.
198 - United States - Sioux Falls South Dakota 43.5500°N 96.7003°W"Michael Haibeck:Rapid City,South Dakota" from 126.96.36.199 (host-135-166-107-208.midco.net) wrote at 2012/12/10 16:28:46 will Balloon Santa be lifting up or grounded by high winds tonight
Alek replies at 16:56 - It is a bit breezy tonight ... so it is right on the cusp of "no fly" for Santa Balloon ... but I just pulled the bungee cords and plugged him in for 'ya.
202 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/12/11 14:01:48 Yea, we got a surprise dusting of about a 1/2" of very light fluffy snow. The HULK doesn't look too happy about the cold temperatures, but there were at least some critters walking around as seen by their footsteps in the driveway.
Here's a time lapse video showing it fell
during a relatively short period just before midnight - good spot in blog post #199!
207 - United Kingdom - Croydon 51.3833°N 0.1000°W"GrottoTree" from 082.035.164.125 (cpc12-croy17-2-0-cust124.croy.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/12/12 11:43:23 Hi Alek, thankyou for including my site "GrottoTree" under "Other sites that have done...." (Last Updated 3rd December 2008?) Everyone feel free to check GrottoTree out!
Alek replies at 12:21 - Updated the update date ... and while I appreciate your enthusiasm, lets not have too many Blog posts about the Grotta tree please ... but it is pretty cool ... and reminds me of another website! ;-)
209 - Germany - City N/A 51.0000°N 9.0000°E"Anonymous" from 087.106.215.227 (s15361563.onlinehome-server.info) wrote at 2012/12/13 16:57:54 You have replaced Super Socket 4 - Does that mean the others are likely to go soon to?
Alek replies at 20:11 - I typically have a couple of Super Sockets blow out every year ... so yea, another one will probably blow out here before the end of the holiday season.
210 - United States - Livonia Michigan 42.3684°N 83.3720°W"Anonymous" from 097.071.022.147 (97-71-22-147.res.bhn.net) wrote at 2012/12/13 18:44:44 The balloon boy balloon is not standing up all of the way alek. Do you think it's the because of the wind or is something else broken? Thank you!
Alek replies at 20:01 - The 15' balloon is a ... challenge - there are just a host of issues with something that size. So yes, when the wind is blowing, it will certainly lean in that direction. Sometimes the ropes get stuck in the nearby bushes and prevent it from going all the way up. And the fabric (after 4 years of heavy use) has a bit of packing tape applied to it on tears. But in this case, one of those ropes had just come loose ... so it wasn't pulling as well as it should - seems to be working a lot better now.
211 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 188.8.131.52 (unresolvable) wrote at 2012/12/14 08:56:42 you should invest in another moving Inflatable some day. like a cool looking one that is unique.. or maybe get some sponsors? they could donate a few...
212 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/12/14 09:10:22 While people around the world (146 countries last year) enjoy seeing the lights ON, environmentalists will be happy to know that they can turn the lights OFF with a click of the mouse. Better yet, this is the 8th year I'm using Wind Power and even though that is "clean" energy, I do a Carbon Offset contribution for the half Ton of CO2 generated by the about one MegaWatt-Hour of power consumed - that's about the same as a single cross-country airline trip. Finally, by providing online viewing via webcam, you don't need to burn fossil fuels by driving around to see Christmas lights ... Al Gore would be proud! ;-)
216 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W"ErrantEgo" from 068.040.209.221 (c-68-40-209-221.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/12/14 15:23:06 Neat demonstration on your setup - I don't know if I wanna see how you ran your wiring back to your lighting panel (assuming its right next to the main power panel) !! LOL ;-)
Alek replies at 15:32 - The wiring actually does go directly into the main panel - 4 dedicated circuits (60 Amps GFCI protected) for Christmas Lights - WOOT! ;-)
218 - United Kingdom - City N/A 54.0000°N 2.0000°W"" from 184.108.40.206 (unresolvable) wrote at 2012/12/16 15:47:24 Alek, do you think you could take some pictures with everything turned on in zone 1, everything turned on in zone 2, etc... to give us visual reference to what is on what zone. (Rather than guessing what a item is called and looking it up on the circuit layout.)
Alek replies at 10:30 - That would be an interesting idea ... but would require shooting from two different angles and with 8 zones, would be 16 pictures - not sure how to present in a useful/informative way. Optionally, you can just turn a zone ON/OFF and see what it does in real-time.
221 - United Kingdom - Woking Surrey 51.3167°N 0.5333°W"Anonymous" from 086.179.162.185 (host86-179-162-185.range86-179.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2012/12/18 16:47:11 Re Post 218: you could just create a page with the 16 images and label it like Zone 1 Cam 1, Zone 2 Cam 1, etc... (When a item is turned On/Off, how do you know it was you and not another surfer at the very same time?)
235 - United States - Canton Georgia 34.2577°N 84.4921°W"Melissa" from 076.097.022.208 (c-76-97-22-208.hsd1.ga.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/12/19 19:16:16 Merry Christmas Alek...found this site by chance a few years ago and come back every year since! I have to ask...maybe I missed something...why is the Corona Light in Santa's workshop? Trying to get on his good list?LOL!
236 - India - Delhi 28.6667°N 77.2167°E"Christmas 2012" from 122.160.060.107 (ABTS-North-Static-220.127.116.11.airtelbroadband.in) wrote at 2012/12/19 23:14:25 Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blogs and I'm impressed! Very helpful information specially the remaining part :) I care for such information much. I was looking for this particular info for a long time. Thanks for sharing this- good stuff! Keep up the great work, we look forward to reading more from you in the future! Ref : LINK DELETED
241 - United Kingdom - Grays Thurrock 51.4833°N 0.3333°E"Hannah" from 095.146.210.171 (unresolvable) wrote at 2012/12/20 06:16:08 Snow forecast for christmas day????
Alek replies at 17:21 - Forecast is for dry sunny weather the next couple of days ... BUT ... a winter storm is coming in on the 24th ... so we actually might have a White Christmas! ;-)
2012_12_21_16:45:11.933 068.150.161.xxx Jingle bells jingle bells, it's Christmas time in the cut
2012_12_21_16:53:56.779 074.215.029.xxx Omg theres a guy
2012_12_21_16:54:15.794 074.215.029.xxx Wave at the camera if you see this, guy. Also sweet lights
2012_12_21_16:55:00.515 074.215.029.xxx He doesn't know we're here... Wait YAY!!!
2012_12_21_16:55:02.877 068.150.161.xxx The Lord of the lights!
2012_12_21_16:55:31.588 074.215.029.xxx Master of magic (lights)!
2012_12_21_16:56:07.213 068.150.161.xxx The Chancelor of Christmas
2012_12_21_16:56:14.892 074.215.029.xxx Wait, is this his normal computer that he always uses?
2012_12_21_16:56:36.331 068.150.161.xxx The Duke of Decorating!
2012_12_21_16:57:03.379 074.215.029.xxx Emperor of Empires... yeah ok I'm bad at this
2012_12_21_16:58:03.951 068.150.161.xxx The Father of Frosty
2012_12_21_16:58:36.314 068.150.161.xxx The Guru of gifts!
2012_12_21_16:58:41.911 074.215.029.xxx Grandfather of the Grinch
2012_12_21_16:59:28.444 068.150.161.xxx The jack of all jello
2012_12_21_17:00:02.778 068.150.161.xxx The sire of sockets
2012_12_21_17:00:05.125 074.215.029.xxx The Keiser of Kristmas
2012_12_21_17:00:28.882 068.150.161.xxx The toast of Tinsel
2012_12_21_17:01:41.910 068.150.161.xxx The Admiral of anticipation
2012_12_21_17:03:14.122 068.150.161.xxx The boss of boxes
2012_12_21_17:03:57.760 068.150.161.xxx The heir of holidays
[Alek] Those are some pretty darn funny comments 068 and 074 - you guys should write for Letterman!
251 - United States - Rochester New York 43.1548°N 77.6156°W"Greg from Greece NY" from 096.025.118.040 (96-25-118-40.cle.clearwire-wmx.net) wrote at 2012/12/22 16:35:44 Hey Alek, Just wondering how do you time lapse you videos? Is there a software? Just Wondering because i running a Small Christmas web site. I dont to spam but people can search Buckmans Ice cream and bakery fan site. Thank You and Merry Christmas!!!
255 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/12/24 08:44:52 While it is sunny this Christmas Eve morning, the weather is supposed to show up late afternoon ... so Santa will be showing up in a snowstorm and we should have a White Christmas. Here's a few wide-angle picture of the house and closeups of the HULK - he looks like he has a black eye due to the shadow from his hat.
261 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W"ErrantEgo" from 068.040.209.221 (c-68-40-209-221.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/12/24 14:58:02 OK, what was being carried down the street at 14:57, a pool table?? LOL!
Alek replies at 11:07 - That was actually a foosball game which one of our neighbors had "stored" at our house since it was a surprise for their kids ... so we were bringing it over while they were out of the house. Those same good friends also gave me a "Bailey's Christmas Pack" ... so this was quite nice to have with the morning coffee on the 25th while opening presents.
262 - Macedonia - Skopje Karpos 42.0000°N 21.4333°E"Anonymous" from 078.157.005.168 (ctel-78-157-5-168.cabletel.com.mk) wrote at 2012/12/24 16:41:54 Where is the snow?
Alek replies at 16:47 - I can see the weather coming in from the West ... all the forecasts are saying a couple of inches of snow by the morning ... just don't know when it will start.
266 - United States - Rochester New York 43.1548°N 77.6156°W"Greg from Greece NY" from 096.025.118.040 (96-25-118-40.cle.clearwire-wmx.net) wrote at 2012/12/24 19:39:50 My Thoughts And Prayers to The Fire Fighters and family's In Webster Ny Shooting. May God Bless Them all!! And Merry Christmas TO ALL!!
268 - Australia - Charlestown New South Wales 32.9500°S 151.6667°E"Anonymous" from 027.032.100.026 (27-32-100-26.static.tpgi.com.au) wrote at 2012/12/24 22:06:13 some maroons kept on turning the decorations off so I was never able to see the full decoration. stupid little immature pretend gangstas should go and play with their pencils somewhere else.
275 - United States - Blandon Pennsylvania 40.4563°N 75.8794°W"Anonymous" from 072.078.090.102 (pool-72-78-90-102.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2012/12/25 20:48:26 Merry Christmas, Alek! I hope that you and your loved ones are having a most awesome day! Thanks for everything you do to put on such a great light show and raise awareness for Celiac Disease.
277 - United Kingdom - Newcastle Upon Tyne 54.9881°N 1.6194°W"Anonymous" from 082.039.042.103 (cpc3-pert2-0-0-cust102.16-4.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/12/26 14:48:10 Hope you had a great christmas, i love coming back each year to this site and you got snow, wish we had snow in scotland this christmas but no luck, fingers crossed!!!
279 - United States - Rochester New York 43.1548°N 77.6156°W"Homer Buckman" from 096.025.118.040 (96-25-118-40.cle.clearwire-wmx.net) wrote at 2012/12/27 15:55:31 Crazy Night we had last night , Windy Heavy snow with a little under a foot of snow and some places saw over a foot of snow..now its calm..but could see a a little freezing drizzle tonight! See Are Web cam till New Years at BUCKMANS-DAIRY-BAKERY.CO.NR AND CLICK ON '2ND annual Christmas special'!
280 - United States - Enid Oklahoma 36.4486°N 97.7697°W"Shelli" from 074.197.147.082 (c74-197-147-82.dh.suddenlink.net) wrote at 2012/12/27 17:09:54 Only a smudge of snow on Christmas morn here in Enid, OK. It's already gone but we're hoping for more, much more. We love snow! I hope each and every one of you find peace and something to feel good about this coming new year. I'm tired of being grumpy, I'm going to be happy for a change!
281 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9333°N 1.5000°W"Gill Luke's mum" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/12/27 19:51:51 Hi Alek and Family, we just wanted to say, what a great show again this year. No matter what the weather, your lights are still great. Do we have a light show to music yet?? Did you have Turkey or Ham for Christmas dinner,we had Turkey. We are a bit late posting a message,as we have been unwell over Christmas. Hope your all well. From gill, Luke's mum
282 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/12/27 21:45:05 Just an FYI that this weekend will be a bit warmer and sunnier ... so a good time to take the display down before another wave of cold, snowy weather buries it. So Friday, December 28th will be the last night for the controllable Christmas display ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
284 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/12/28 12:33:07 I did my annual post-holiday run to check out discounted Christmas merchandise at the stores ... but the pickings were slim ... plus I already have a lot of stuff. I did pick up an inflatable Red Baron Snoopy, small SpongeBob, and nifty Colorado Rockies Santa hat.
285 - Greece - Athens Attiki 37.9833°N 23.7333°E"Anonymous" from 176.058.130.143 (adsl-18.104.22.168.tellas.gr) wrote at 2012/12/28 13:46:20 What you doing in the front yard??????
Alek replies at 14:17 - Just getting ready for the takedown tomorrow by pulling the lawn stakes from the rope lights and misc. figurines that can stand on their own.
288 - United Kingdom - City N/A 54.0000°N 2.0000°W"alan eason" from 031.051.114.161 (host31-51-114-161.range31-51.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2012/12/28 16:44:25 hi its been a great display will be sorry to see it taken down just to wish you and your family a very happy new year
289 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9333°N 1.5000°W"Gill(Luke's mum)" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/12/28 19:36:50 Hi Alek, hope the fundraising is going well again this year,the display was amazing. It's sad to see it taken down,but you do keep us entertained all year watching that grass grow. Hope the boys enjoyed their presents from Santa. Take care, and a Happy New Year! From Gill( Luke's mum)
290 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W"ErrantEgo" from 068.040.209.221 (c-68-40-209-221.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/12/28 22:15:49 Alek, thanks for the opportunity of showing us taking down Santa's Workshop, very neat! God Bless!
Alek replies at 22:23 - It comes down a lot quicker than it goes up - will put the time-lapse movie up soon ...
Here is the time-lapse ... and a before/after image below. Note the Blog will stay open through New Years.
291 - United States - Lubbock Texas 33.5486°N 101.9224°W"Mike" from 064.216.032.197 (adsl-64-216-32-197.dsl.lbcktx.swbell.net) wrote at 2012/12/28 22:18:57 Alek, it's been a fun year once again. Sad to see it go but before we know it, it'll be time to come back! Best wishes for your 2013, happy new year, see ya then!
292 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W"ErrantEgo" from 068.040.209.221 (c-68-40-209-221.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/12/28 22:26:03 Alek replies at 22:23 - "It comes down a lot quicker than it goes up - will put the time-lapse movie up soon ..." Alek, it always comes down faster than it goes up! LOL :)
293 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W"Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2012/12/28 22:54:51 Wonder why numbers were lower this year? A little surprised. We as viewers need to advertise to people out there to come see and donate!
294 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2012/12/28 23:57:40 Here's a picture (150 second exposure at F/5 and ISO 100) of the Christmas Display after it was shut down for the last time. If you look closely, you can see star trails in the sky despite the brightness of the full moon. Mouseover the image to see two cars drive by during earlier long exposure.
295 - United States - Cary North Carolina 35.7915°N 78.7811°W"AL B" from 162.039.122.187 (h22.214.171.124.static.ip.windstream.net) wrote at 2012/12/29 09:26:07 THANKS AGAIN ALEK FOR A GREAT CHRISTMAS DISPLAY, AND A TRADITION I HAVE WITH MY SON TO WATCH YOUR LIGHT DISPLAY EVERY HALLOWEEN AND CHRISTMAS
298 - United Kingdom - Northampton Northamptonshire 52.2500°N 0.8833°W"Anonymous" from 086.130.000.173 (host86-130-0-173.range86-130.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2012/12/29 12:44:07 wondering why you take them down so early, they normally come down on the 12th night
Alek replies at 17:05 - As mentioned earlier, another wave of cold, snowy weather is forecast ... and this makes it a LOT more work to take everything down ... so I wanted to get ahead of it.
299 - United Kingdom - Newcastle Upon Tyne 54.9881°N 1.6194°W"jules" from 082.039.042.103 (cpc3-pert2-0-0-cust102.16-4.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/12/29 13:46:38 its sad seeing you taking the lights down, hope you get a cup of tea after you have taken them down, see u next year and have a great new year :)
301 - United States - Fresno California 36.7477°N 119.7724°W"Tony O" from 099.003.100.163 (99-3-100-163.lightspeed.clvsca.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2012/12/29 14:40:59 Christmas this year seemed so blah. People seemed not to care. Christmas is loosing it's meaning year after year. With everything that is going I don't blame them. Happy New Year.
302 - United Kingdom - Londonderry Derry 55.0000°N 7.3333°W"Anonymous" from 089.242.107.202 (host-89-242-107-202.as13285.net) wrote at 2012/12/29 16:45:04 Sad to see you took the display down so early. Another night or two's entertainment for the kids and family would have been nice. Thanks for another year. Will stop by next Halloween and Christmas as usual !!! The years seem to pass by so fast.
303 - United States - Blandon Pennsylvania 40.4563°N 75.8794°W"Anonymous" from 072.078.090.102 (pool-72-78-90-102.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2012/12/29 19:37:57 Tony O - Christmas was hard this year for many folk who lost jobs, homes and children. I don't think it's a lack of caring, it was just a little painful to celebrate.
304 - United States - Blandon Pennsylvania 40.4563°N 75.8794°W"Anonymous" from 072.078.090.102 (pool-72-78-90-102.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2012/12/29 19:45:56 I'm sad to see the lights down, but you were smart to do so! Darnit, just as I had more time to check them out too. Oh Well! I hope you and yours have had a very Merry Christmas and wish you health and happiness in the year ahead! Thanks Alek!
305 - United States - Mcdonough Georgia 33.4777°N 84.0388°W"Dean in McDonough, GA" from 074.176.028.082 (adsl-74-176-28-82.asm.bellsouth.net) wrote at 2012/12/29 19:47:46 I really enjoyed the Christmas lights this year and showed them to friends and family. Sorry to see them come to and end. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
307 - United Kingdom - Londonderry Derry 55.0000°N 7.3333°W"Anonymous" from 002.100.064.223 (host-2-100-64-223.as13285.net) wrote at 2012/12/30 10:51:09 and if you really want more excitement from Alek's house, and can't wait until Halloween, you can always watch his grass grow, on what has been called the most boring (or is that exciting) website in the world. lol!! LINK DELETED
309 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.3318°N 83.3710°W"ErrantEgo" from 068.040.209.221 (c-68-40-209-221.hsd1.mi.comcast.net) wrote at 2012/12/30 16:19:47 Alek, how many unique visitors did you have this year (and on average each year)? It seems each year, your display is getting more and more popular. :)
311 - United Kingdom - Guildford Surrey 51.2167°N 0.5667°W"Anonymous" from 031.054.232.006 (host31-54-232-6.range31-54.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2012/12/31 07:54:34 Thanks for the display this year! Also how comes you disabled webcam 2, when it is just from your watching grass grow website?
312 - United States - Fort Worth Texas 32.7254°N 97.3208°W"Anonymous" from 066.169.149.244 (66-169-149-244.dhcp.ftwo.tx.charter.com) wrote at 2012/12/31 10:41:02 Alek, Please let us know how you are doing throughout the year (maybe a blog once in a while?) We really appreciate all the work you have put into this and your family's understanding... Best to you this coming New Year!
313 - United Kingdom - Portsmouth 50.7967°N 1.0833°W"A sympathetic father" from 082.014.005.197 (cpc2-cosh11-2-0-cust452.6-1.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/12/31 11:50:56 I see you had plenty of help in takingdown the decorations from your offspring!
314 - United Kingdom - Leven Fife 56.2000°N 3.0000°W"alan eason" from 081.129.083.001 (host81-129-83-1.range81-129.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2012/12/31 12:13:23 hi alek just to say great lights this year and to wish you & family a very happy peacfull and above alla healthy new year see you in october alan
317 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9333°N 1.5000°W"Gill Luke's mum" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginmedia.com) wrote at 2012/12/31 22:28:36 Happy New Year Alek and Family. From a very tired Gill (Lukes mum)
319 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5333°N 113.9167°W"Russ - Edmonton, Canada" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2013/01/01 16:51:36 Alek, I hope 2013 is good for you and your family. No wild fires in the summer, no droughts, no illnesses, lots of great pictures!
322 - France - City N/A 46.0000°N 2.0000°E"Julia" from 176.031.009.212 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/01/02 18:17:03 New Local Singles Site Completely Free To Join: LINK DELETED ___a no HTML links="LINK DELETED Local Singles Site Completely Free To Join___/a___ ___url="LINK DELETED Local Singles Site Completely Free To Join___/url___
324 - United States - Pocola Oklahoma 35.2458°N 94.4960°W"n10cities" from 070.178.151.050 (ip70-178-151-50.ks.ks.cox.net) wrote at 2013/01/03 19:09:07 Happy New Year to you and yours, Alek! Enjoyed the Christmas lights as usual! It all ended too quick! LOL
329 - United States - Overland Park Kansas 38.9822°N 94.6708°W"Crazy Kina in KC" from 099.155.188.245 (99-155-188-245.lightspeed.mssnks.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2013/01/05 10:00:04 Happy New Year Alek to you and the family. Loved the lights again this year and will be back in 10 months for Halloween 2013. God Bless You.
330 - United Kingdom - Norwich Norfolk 52.6333°N 1.3000°E"alan eason" from 086.152.091.029 (host86-152-91-29.range86-152.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/01/05 16:01:35 hi alek hope you and your family have a great spring and summer when it arrives be back in october take care
332 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/01/07 08:30:39 It's Orthodox Christmas ... so time to close down the blog for this year. Web Surfers from 149 countries visited in 2012 as seen on the Christmas Maps and the total raised for Celiac Disease is now over $76,000 - THANKS! Here's a couple of pictures of the Christmas display. Surf on back for Christmas 2013 for more Christmas Craziness - D'OH! ;-)