2008_09_30: The warmup for Christmas is the halloween decorations webcam which was turned on today. Over 9,000 lights in the Halloween Decorations plus giant inflatable Frankenstein, Grim Reapers, Pumpkins, Witchess, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson - D'OH!!! ;-)
2008_10_26: The Christmas Blog has been turned on a bit early in case Halloween fans wanted to start commenting.
2008_10_31: Another crazy-fun Halloween night! Over 200 trick-or-treaters came by during record warm temperatures. They almost cleaned me out of candy (I was too generous early on) and I also passed out shots of Bailey's, Port, and Egg Nog Whiskey. Check out all the action in the time-lapse halloween movies and the funny commentary in the halloween blog. Come back for halloween 2009! ;-)
2008_11_05: Radio station KIYU in Galena, Alaska (look that up on a map - wayyyyy up/out there!) again "sponsors" the Burrito Reindeer with a $1,000 donation. This pushes the total raised for the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Disease to over $30,000 - what a great way to start off the Christmas Season - please consider adding your direct donation too.
2008_11_19: Thanksgiving comes late this year (27th), so I'm a few days behind last year, but making good progress as I start the Christmas deployment. Fortunately, the weather has been mostly a sunny 50-60°F ... which is a lot nicer than having to put out your Christmas decorations in below freezing temps with a chilly wind and/rain/snow.
2008_11_26: While I don't have all the christmas lights deployed yet, I turned on the webcams and X10 controls ... online the day before Thanksgiving! ;-) A few minor code burps, but otherwise a smooth launch.
2008_11_29: The first snow of the season is always a treat ... even though the inflatables struggle under the weight of the snow. I also have to shovel the driveway and sweep the lawn - the later so the christmas lights aren't obscured. Some "exciting" footage of that via the webcams is on the Christmas videos page.
2008_12_07: Traffic continues to pick up as numerous sites link/talk about the Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease. It looks pretty cool on the big screen and I used a recently acquired Canon 50D (Santa came early ;-) to take some pictures of the house, front yard, and Santa's Workshop. And here's the HULK in the snow - he's not too keen about it! ;-)
2008_12_15: Colonel Sanders selects the Controllable Christmas Lights as a Finalist in their Nationwide Holiday Traditions Contest with the winner receiving free KFC for a year - BUURRPP! Read more and consider voting for #16 to help win $1,000 for Celiac Disease.
2008_12_19: Vince Darcangelo writes a nice piece in the local Boulder Daily camera with some great pictures from Cliff Grassmick.
2008_12_22: Colonel Sanders selects the Controllable Christmas Lights as the WINNER in their Nationwide Holiday Traditions Contest - free KFC for a year - BUURRPP! Read more about how we won a $1,000 for Celiac Disease.
2008_12_30: The Christmas Display took a bit of damage from strong winds that blew all last night - gusts to over 70MPH - YIKES!
2009_01_01: Happy New Year to everyone - tonight is the last chance to view and control the Christmas Lights.
A lot of Internet surfers worldwide (152 countries) enjoyed watching & controlling the Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease but all good things must come to an end as I have turned off commenting on the Christmas Blog. Over $35,000 has been raised for Charity. Surf on back for Christmas 2009 and Merry Christmas from www.komar.org! ;-)