Christmas Blog

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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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63 Comments

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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