3 - United Kingdom - West Malling Kent 51.2833°N 0.4167°E"Anonymous" from 086.183.198.005 (host86-183-198-5.range86-183.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/30 12:18:37 55 days until Christmas! Alek have you ever tried using other home automation types such as Z-wave?
Alek replies at 13:02 - X10 certainly is an old technology with some issues ... but I have all the gear bought/paid-for/installed ... and it generally works ... especially since I got this totally bad-a** XTB-IIR/III X10 signal booster from JV Digital Engineering.
Before, it was always a challenge to the find
the "right" combination of TM751 transceivers (on the "right" circuits!) to
hopefully maximize reliability ... and sometimes things would just flake out
with circuits/zones "stuck" - who turned on the Microwave Oven?!? ;-)
The XTB-IIR/III (pictured below) just ROCKS -
if you are an X10 user, I strongly encourage you
check out JV Digital Engineering - Jeff Volp
makes some great products (the craftsmanship is exquisite) and is a
genuine pleasure to work with.
4 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.2890°N 83.3686°W"ErrantEgo" from 069.014.170.149 (d14-69-149-170.try.wideopenwest.com) wrote at 2013/10/30 13:02:24 Heh, Alek is getting in the holiday spirit by opening the blogging as early as he is! Christmas can't come fast enough, Alek and I should have a yard decorating contest! LOL
6 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Dan" from 080.189.010.152 (22.214.171.124.dyn.plus.net) wrote at 2013/10/30 18:21:51 Have you got any new decorations this year Alek? Enjoying the Hallowe'en display and looking forward to Christmas!
Alek replies at 22:23 - The pickings were slim last year when I did my annual post-holiday run to check out discounted Christmas merchandise at the stores ... 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.
8 - United States - Raleigh North Carolina 35.8181°N 78.5636°W"Anonymous" from 162.039.122.187 (h126.96.36.199.static.ip.windstream.net) wrote at 2013/10/31 09:14:23 I KNOW THE SANTA BALLON HAS SEEN BETTER TIMES, WILL IT BE OUT THIS YEAR?
Alek replies at 23:40 - I plan to put it out ... we'll see what type of shape it is in when I pull it out of the basement.
9 - United Kingdom - Spalding Lincolnshire 52.7833°N 0.1667°W"alan eason" from 031.051.113.190 (host31-51-113-190.range31-51.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/10/31 12:39:31 cant wait for the xmas lights to come will keep coming back to have a look at them its a bit early but a happy christmas to all
10 - United States - Chappaqua New York 41.1726°N 73.7712°W"Anonymous" from 074.088.131.126 (ool-4a58837e.dyn.optonline.net) wrote at 2013/10/31 13:59:47 Nice site. You might like the Christmas ornaments at Saint Nicholas Hand Blown Glass. You'll have to google the site. John Cross Type in your Christmas Cheer here ...
15 - Canada - Concord Ontario 43.8000°N 79.5300°W"Alex" from 099.238.046.149 (CPE602ad07aa51f-CM602ad07aa51c.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com) wrote at 2013/11/01 19:58:16 So happy for this year! Can't wait! Was at Wal-Mart today and saw the christmas stuff and thought of you haha :)
17 - United Kingdom - Spalding Lincolnshire 52.7833°N 0.1667°W"alan eason" from 031.051.113.190 (host31-51-113-190.range31-51.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/03 10:31:17 hi alek great halloween display this year all steam ahead now for the christmas display looking forward to it keep up the good work
18 - United Kingdom - West Malling Kent 51.2833°N 0.4167°E"Anonymous" from 086.183.198.005 (host86-183-198-5.range86-183.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/03 12:22:18 What date will the decorations start going up Alek?
Alek replies at 13:15 - Probably during the week before Thanksgiving - I'll mention it here
23 - United Kingdom - Cambridge Cambridgeshire 52.2231°N 0.0778°W"alan eason" from 086.155.042.094 (host86-155-42-94.range86-155.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/09 09:08:03 hi alek do any of your neighbours put up any christmas lights ?
Alek replies at 21:21 - Yep - there are a number of colorful displays in the neighborhood ... but nobody else has the Hulk! ;-)
25 - United States - Walpole Massachusetts 42.1512°N 71.2569°W"Wes" from 098.110.158.012 (pool-98-110-158-12.bstnma.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/11/12 19:24:58 I'm starting to listen to christmas music now. Just 2 songs this week then 4 next week. Then by thanksgiving it's full on for me!
27 - United States - Du Quoin Illinois 38.0027°N 89.2479°W"Casey" from 108.175.241.037 (host-108-175-241-37.newwave.com) wrote at 2013/11/14 09:00:20 Can't wait for the show this year! Over the last 6 years visiting your site has become a holiday tradition for me. Thank you for bringing some holiday cheer to the masses!
Alek replies at 13:30 - Thanks for stopping by Casey ... I'll start posting more stuff soon ... and setup begins in about a week.
28 - Australia - Melbourne Victoria 37.8139°S 144.9634°E"Anonymous" from 137.147.069.137 (CPE-137-147-69-137.lnse7.lon.bigpond.net.au) wrote at 2013/11/17 02:57:49 Every year I come to your page Alek. I just love it. Cheers, from Australia
Alek replies at 10:34 - Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoy the website!
32 - Canada - City N/A 60.0000°N 95.0000°W"Paul C." from 047.055.044.044 (stjhnbsu0ww-047055044044.dhcp-dynamic.FibreOp.nb.bellaliant.net) wrote at 2013/11/20 04:53:39 Hi Alec Best wishes to you & your family, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving & thanks in advance for all the work you do that brightens Christmas for so many people!
35 - United Kingdom - Norwich Norfolk 52.6333°N 1.3000°E"alan eason" from 031.051.207.222 (host31-51-207-222.range31-51.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/22 09:16:05 hi alek be carefull on the roof if you have to go on with the snow dont take any risks cant wait for the show
Alek replies at 09:37 - The driveway is super slick right now ... so there's no way I'd be going up on the roof ... sunny and 50's by Monday ... so Thanksgiving week should be an excellent (and safe) time to setup! ;-)
37 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/22 12:46:01 We had our first significant snow of the season as temperatures plunged and a couple of inches of fluffy white stuff showed up. While it was pretty chilly, cool to see the new season ... and another sign that Christmas is coming. In the webcam image below, I'm shoveling the driveway as the wife drives in. Notice how "bare" the front lawn looks - that is going to change dramatically in the next week! ;-)
41 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/23 16:49:08 In preparation for setting up the christmas stuff this upcoming week, I pulled it all out of the basement crawlspace. My favorite helper each year is Jeffrey (who lives a few doors down) and here he is in front of the various "piles" - yes, the wife isn't too keen if her exercise equipment is blocked. Although back in 2005, someone donated a $100 for a picture of my cluttered basement. Unfortunately, Jeffrey will be gone next week ... but my Mom will be visiting and she's a big help too - heck, I might even get my teenage boys to help some even though they aren't as in to Christmas as they used to be! ;-)
42 - United States - Peoria Arizona 33.5806°N 112.2374°W"Ken" from 184.101.018.232 (184-101-18-232.phnx.qwest.net) wrote at 2013/11/23 16:53:41 Nice site. I live in the southwest - Arizona. Have you ever thought about adding some southwestern theme to your display? I am thinking chili pepper lights and/or electric luminarias. Keep up the good work.
47 - United States - Pottstown Pennsylvania 40.2454°N 75.6496°W"Anonymous" from 072.092.066.113 (pool-72-92-66-113.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/11/26 14:38:30 Where are you going with that ladder, mister?
Alek replies at 16:31 - Just trimming some trees - don't want those low hanging branches to poke me in the eye when I'm setting stuff up! ;-)
48 - United Kingdom - London London, City of 51.5142°N 0.0931°W"Anonymous" from 086.168.134.151 (host86-168-134-151.range86-168.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/26 15:18:28 Anyone watched battle of the bulbs? It reminds me of you Alek, except I am guessing the winner of the battle is you.
Alek replies at 16:33 - I'm guessing you mean the reality-TV show called "The Great Christmas Light Fight" - those guys actually talked to me earlier in the year, but I said heck no. Reality TV is anything but ... and dealing with those guys is a PIA ... although there is a healthy prize!
50 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/26 16:34:07 While you can't see anything yet, progress was made today and just about everything was moved out of the basement to the staging areas on the front lawn and the inflatables on the back porch. I will probably turn on the webcams tomorrow when we start to deploy! ;-)
52 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/27 08:52:16 I've turned on webcam2 so you'll see us (my Mom, perhaps my kids (!) and me) working in the front lawn later today. Also, webcam1 (an AXIS215 enclosed in a 6" sewer pipe!) has been installed at the neighbors house across the street.
56 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9659°N 1.4788°W"Luke's mum" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/11/27 12:27:33 I'm getting excited about that Thanksgiving Turkey picture :)
Alek replies at 12:38 - I'll try to remember to take one ... and I'm getting excited about the $10 electrical knife we ordered on Amazon that hopefully should arrive today! ;-)
59 - United States - Norcross Georgia 33.9412°N 84.2135°W"Dean" from 192.234.069.175 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/11/27 15:05:28 Yeah! Watching the camera, I see the Lights going up! Happy Thanksgiving to all, and I look forward to the lights/controls going live!
62 - United States - Pottstown Pennsylvania 40.2454°N 75.6496°W"Anonymous" from 072.092.066.113 (pool-72-92-66-113.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/11/27 19:41:43 Happy Thanksgiving Alek & Family! It was fun to see your Mom helping out today!
Alek replies at 20:02 - Mom was a HUGE help and had some great design ideas - below is an animated GIF showing the before/after (we are using a laptop to check how it looks in real time) followed by a Youtube video - we work fast! ;-)
66 - United States - Cary North Carolina 35.7915°N 78.7811°W"al" from 065.190.092.222 (cpe-065-190-092-222.nc.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/11/28 07:56:38 another year of great Christmas lights thanks to alek, cant wait to see them in action very pleased to see santa ballon, hope he makes it okay this year. again thanks for doing what you do alek
71 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9659°N 1.4788°W"Luke's mum" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/11/28 16:07:33 Hey Alek Happy Thanksgiving, that 21 pounder sure needs that new electric knife. Hope you and your family have a great day. By the way, your mom has done a great job with those lights. Maybe see you later trying out that knife ___)
75 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/29 07:09:42 And here's what the turkey looked like just out of the oven - wife did a great job - man was it good. And that's the $10 Black & Decker electric knife that showed up Wednesday afternoon - thank you Amazon Prime! ;-)
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and don't get too carried away shopping on Black Friday.
76 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Anonymous" from 090.216.253.111 (5ad8fd6f.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2013/11/29 07:21:27 what time is the big switch on Alex, don't wanna miss it here in the UK
Alek replies at 07:35 - I'm planning to turn everything online December 1st at 5:00 MST.
78 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9659°N 1.4788°W"Anonymous" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/11/29 09:50:28 I too have an electric knife, wouldn't be without it, perfect carving every time. Well done Aleks wife, it sure looks tasty. Now for the light switch on, can't wait :)
79 - United States - Pottstown Pennsylvania 40.2454°N 75.6496°W"Anonymous" from 072.092.066.113 (pool-72-92-66-113.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/11/29 11:03:47 I see Team Komarnitsky in action! Yeah!
Alek replies at 18:58 - Yea, in addition to my Mom, my two kids even pitched in - made some great progress on the front of the house as seen via webcam1 in the Youtube video below.
80 - United Kingdom - West Malling Kent 51.2833°N 0.4167°E"Anonymous" from 081.159.223.167 (host81-159-223-167.range81-159.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/11/29 11:05:07 This year I have bought a snow globe type inflatable. I have seen on the internet that it is best to keep it running all day long. What do you suggest?
Alek replies at 21:50 - Mine is on 5 hours a day ... except during that time period, it is turned ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-etc ... and it still works fine! ;-)
81 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/11/30 14:46:07 Once again, my neighbor across the street has finished their Christmas display before me (albeit it's a bit less grandiose/gaudy)... and I gotta love their inflatable Santa in a Hammock between two palm trees. Normally I take pictures at dusk so you can see them lit up ... but this one just has to be taken during the daylight! ;-)
84 - United Kingdom - Cardiff 51.4737°N 3.2457°W"Robert Croonin" from 086.025.147.209 (cpc1-ely05-2-0-cust976.5-1.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/12/01 02:32:05 wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and keep up the good work . I've visited your site for the last 4 years and always am amazed at how too do it!! From Robert C in Wales uk
85 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.2890°N 83.3686°W"ErrantEgo" from 069.014.170.149 (d14-69-149-170.try.wideopenwest.com) wrote at 2013/12/01 09:23:53 Alek, on average, how long does it take for you to put your display up (from beginning to end)? Also, how much help do you usually have when you put your display up? My task has officially become a 2 day thing! LOL
Alek replies at 13:29 - As mentioned, my Mom was in town and helped with the setup this year - she's awesome. The whole setup from storage to operational deployment takes a couple of weeks, but that's only working on it a couple of hours a day ... although there's a big push at the end, especially if the weather is nice.
87 - United Kingdom - Spalding Lincolnshire 52.7833°N 0.1667°W"alan eason" from 086.152.174.153 (host86-152-174-153.range86-152.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/01 13:18:06 is santas workshop ready yet
Alek replies at 13:27 - Here is what Santa's workshop looks like - what 'ya think?!? ;-)
91 - United Kingdom - Spalding Lincolnshire 52.7833°N 0.1667°W"alan eason" from 086.152.174.153 (host86-152-174-153.range86-152.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/02 09:47:33 some not very nice people putting live messages on last night they should be ashamed of themselve with younsters looking at the decorations
92 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/02 13:00:51 As mentioned on the chat board last night, the winds came up ... and they are increasing today with predictions of up to 75MPH ... which is what clobbered things in 2008 - Wind is the Greatest Enemy of Holiday Displays! So while the lights, webcams (watch cam #1 bounce around), and X10 controls will be online, the 12' Santa and 15' Balloon (and maybe some other inflatables) won't be plugged in this evening. Snow is predicted later in the week.
94 - United States - Fort Smith Arkansas 35.3859°N 94.3986°W"n10cities" from 070.178.150.051 (ip70-178-150-51.ks.ks.cox.net) wrote at 2013/12/03 08:31:49 Get your snow shovel ready, Alek! Cleon is a-comin'! LOL
Alek replies at 11:05 - Yep - after 60°F on Monday, an Arctic Blast comes in Tuesday afternoon with temperatures dropping to the single digits on Wednesday plus several inches of snow - WOOT! ;-)
100 - Canada - Windsor Nova Scotia 44.9590°N 64.1448°W"Richard" from 173.237.111.095 (blk-237-111-95.eastlink.ca) wrote at 2013/12/03 19:09:00 Alex, it has become a bit of a tradition to log in and see your amazing Christmas lights. All the best to you and your family for the upcoming holidays.
101 - United States - Livonia Michigan 42.3684°N 83.3720°W"Anonymous" from 075.114.237.159 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/12/03 19:55:44 alek I just want to let you know that the light controls are loading slow for some reason. its never done this before unless you changed something.?
Alek replies at 21:26 - No real changes ... haven't seen this issue myself or heard anyone say there is an issue - perhaps your Internet connection just slowed down?
105 - United States - Sahuarita Arizona 31.9102°N 110.8996°W"Green Valley" from 072.211.174.160 (ip72-211-174-160.tc.ph.cox.net) wrote at 2013/12/04 09:20:14 Alek: The lights would look great during the daytime on a day like today.. Just on W/O the on and off and other functions.
107 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/04 09:36:06 The high temperature yesterday was 60 degrees just after Noon ... but then the thermometer plummeted as the arctic blast arrived and it is single digits this morning and we may set a record low tonight of around -10°F ... gotta love Colorado weather! We also got about 3" of fresh snow with more coming down. And while most people shovel their driveways, I also have to go out and sweep the Christmas Lights so you can see 'em through the snow! ;-)
108 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Russ" from 142.229.107.031 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/12/04 09:40:06 I believe you're getting the same blast that we are receiving up North in Alberta. we're expecting to get to -28c or worse for a few days. it's unfortunate but that's how winter is.
110 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/04 10:58:59 You can see me taking pictures of Santa at the end of the YouTube video on post #107. Here's what he looks like - yes, that is a werewolf mask from Halloween - I gotta find a better "face" ... or maybe he'll be the Santa Grinch! On the flip side, SpongeBob is always smiling no matter what! ;-)
111 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.107.031 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/12/04 11:52:27 Alek, are you aware that you haven't added the statistics for the overloads and # of times people have turned the lights off and on? you have every year except 2013 in your stats page. :) Alek replies at 16:00 - Good spot ... I forgot to enable daily summaries for 2013 now that the webcam is online - fixed - thanks!
113 - United Kingdom - Westerham Kent 51.2667°N 0.0833°E"Anonymous" from 188.8.131.52 (host109-157-222-148.range109-157.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/04 16:27:43 1.3 Degress Celsius where i am but no sign of snow. Why does the south of England NEVER get much snow!
120 - United Kingdom - City N/A 51.5000°N 0.1300°W"Anonymous" from 031.049.081.033 (host31-49-81-33.range31-49.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/06 14:43:04 The temperature says 7.0 F. Is it just very cold where you live or is there snow (or something else) on the sensor?
Alek replies at 14:54 - It's that cold .. will be MINUS 7 tonight! ;-)
123 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.4839°N 113.5227°W"Anonymous" from 184.108.40.206 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/12/06 16:13:04 maybe if we are really greatful, you could add the train to the list of items that tell us what turns on and off? :)
Alek replies at 16:32 - There's a complete circuit layout BELOW the webcam images that shows what zone everything is assigned to - the train is on zone #3. BTW, I sometimes make mistakes ... so if you see something wrong, let me know and I'll fix it.
132 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/07 07:46:24 My wife had to leave early this morning to catch a flight ... so after she left, I took a 30-second exposure at 6:13AM - that's a car driving by. And yes, that is one really cold penguin as seen in the 2nd image with the Infra-Red thermometer! ;-)
137 - United States - Overland Park Kansas 38.9593°N 94.6811°W"Krazy Kina in KC" from 099.155.188.245 (99-155-188-245.lightspeed.mssnks.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2013/12/07 14:53:59 Merry Christmas to Alek and family again. Missed the Halloween lights, was busy. :( Coming to play with the Christmas lights though. Have a wonderful holiday and bless you all. I am showing my granddaughters the Christmas Tradition with the Komars too. :)
141 - United States - Las Vegas Nevada 36.0625°N 115.3192°W"Anonymous" from 068.227.056.036 (ip68-227-56-36.lv.lv.cox.net) wrote at 2013/12/07 16:45:46 Where are those boxy square looking things that have a red high hat? They are pictured below in the back yard two of them.
Alek replies at 21:25 - Those would be mini-lighted Frosties! ;-) Only one is deployed (I just didn't have a spot for the 2nd one) and from the perspective of webcam #2, they are on the far left side next to the 8' Frosty.
146 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/08 19:28:32 Here's a picture of the horse drawn sleigh that made laps around the neighborhood for a few hours tonight. It's a bit of work doing since I'm holding a secondary flash but also have to remotely trigger the camera ... and there were some technical problems so I ended up speaker cell phoning to my son to fire the camera. I kinda screwed up this picture - should have had them come further forward ... plus the balloon had fallen over ... the 2012 shot (2nd image) was much better ... and also shows the differences in the display. I'll try to get a better horse drawn sleigh picture next year!
147 - Portugal - City N/A 39.5000°N 8.0000°W"Anonymous" from 087.103.066.215 (220.127.116.11.rev.vodafone.pt) wrote at 2013/12/09 13:10:19 nothing says christmas like a horse drwn sleigh and Komar's Christmas Lights
149 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/09 16:39:14 Good News: Despite the chilly weather, I replaced the Super Socket on zone #4 that wasn't working - post #131 was prophetic because it was the same problem as outlined there. The 15 minute job took twice as long ... because I had to keep going inside to warm up my fingers after handing the 8°F metal! ;-)
150 - United States - Lancaster New York 42.9057°N 78.6264°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/12/09 16:48:08 UMMM... Webcam 1 doesn't look right!
Alek replies at 16:54 - Webcam1 reset itself ... so I just had to repoint it correctly - fixed!
152 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/09 17:36:04 The ON/OFF on the upper roof are much more visible tonight. They were actually working last night - just covered in snow ... so I ventured up there (CAREFULLY) with a broom and swept 'em off. BTW, if I had backed up any further on the 2nd shot, I would have fallen off the roof - D'OH! ;-)
154 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.2890°N 83.3686°W"ErrantEgo" from 069.014.170.149 (d14-69-149-170.try.wideopenwest.com) wrote at 2013/12/10 10:11:26 28°F at 10 AM -- heatwave? ;-)
Alek replies at 13:04 - Yea, after several days of sub-zero weather, Santa is breaking out the shorts! ;-)
156 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/10 16:44:26 Here's a couple of long-exposure pictures from last night presented so you can flip/scroll across to compare. The short duration 5 second exposure is at ISO 800, so a bit noiser (not as noticeable in the low-res web image), but the stars/inflatables are more "frozen" ... whereas the 364 second ISO100 exposure is much cleaner, but there as a slight breeze moving the inflatables plus you see star trails. Use the slider to move across or click on the image/use the links at the bottom to compare.
157 - United States - Arvada Colorado 39.8028°N 105.0875°W"Alek" from 067.190.029.016 (c-67-190-29-16.hsd1.co.comcast.net) wrote at 2013/12/10 18:59:55 OMG This is so Awesome. What city in Colorado is this. This is crazy cause my name is Alek too and I can never find anybody who spells it the same way. Thanks
Alek replies at 19:15 - Mouseover the flag next to my name for the location! ;-)
159 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/11 13:48:28 While people around the world (149 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 9th year I'm using Wind Power and even though that is "clean" energy, I do a (double) 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! ;-)
164 - Canada - Edmonton Alberta 53.5500°N 113.5000°W"Anonymous" from 142.229.114.031 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/12/12 16:04:58 how would you like to take some of our snow up here in Alberta? it's not stopping!! looks like you could use a half a foot.
165 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/12 22:22:42 Here's what Santa's Workshop looks like as taken by the Vivotek 8161 webcam. It does a pretty decent job (much better than the D-Link DCS-6620G it replaced) ... but still no match for a Canon 7D DSLR. You can mouseover the images to see a comparison - the perspective is slightly offset since they weren't shot from exactly the same location.
169 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9370°N 1.4867°W"Gill Luke's mum" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/12/13 19:39:22 Hi Alek, you say you use wind to power the lights. Are we talking about a wind turbine in your garden? Do you have any photos of it? I've not seen any messages from Dave UK this year, are you out there?
Alek replies at 01:14 - There are no windmills/turbines in my garden. Xcel Energy, our local energy provider, has a program where you pay a little extra and your power come from wind generated sources. And yea, Dave UK has been a regular poster in the past, but sad we have not heard from him in a while.
176 - Ireland - Dublin 53.3331°N 6.2489°W"Anonymous" from 176.061.052.243 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/12/16 14:28:42 If you'd like to listen to a world of Christmas music for free please drop by LINK DELETED
179 - United Kingdom - Melton Constable Norfolk 52.8500°N 1.0333°E"alan eason" from 086.176.105.062 (host86-176-105-62.range86-176.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/18 09:40:27 just want to wish all the people wherever you live who vist this site a very merry christmas and 2014 thankyou alek for the wonderful display
180 - Ireland - City N/A 53.0000°N 8.0000°W"leah joeanna mary taylor peydon phelan" from 109.076.162.085 (unresolvable) wrote at 2013/12/18 10:31:59 i am a child called Leah i am 8 years im from Ireland im in 3rd class alright lets move on you see its hard to make freinds in my school you see well now you know my story merry christmas
184 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/18 21:01:22 So I'm out working on the Santa Balloon (bad news on that tomorrow after I take a picture) and a garbage truck pulls up across the street. Not suprising since Wendesday is trash day. But then it stops - a bit strange. Then a 2nd one pulls up behind it. And then a 3rd one (off camera to the right) pulls up behind that. Then they all get out to look at the Christmas Display ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
185 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/19 09:32:48 As mentioned last night, some bad news about the 15' Home Depot Santa Balloon that has been a fixture of the Christmas Display since 2009. As seen in the pictures below, the main supporting structure has several broken "rivets", along with a substantial tear at the seam which I can't patch with packing tape. Home Depot was nice enough to send me a replacement strut last year when that broke, but this is much more major and after 4 years, they may tell me it is just normal wear & tear. After taking the picture, I "told" the Homer Santa the bad news - he's pretty sad as seen in the 3rd image below! ;-)
This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago after the snow
187 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/19 13:55:11 So I wrote an Email to Home Depot and Gemmy, who made this inflatable (but doesn't anymore). Both responded promptly and Gemmy dug around in their spare parts bin and found the last set ... and are sending it to me - may even make it before Christmas! WOW - what an example of OUTSTANDING customer service!
192 - Brazil - City N/A 10.0000°S 55.0000°W"Anonymous" from 201.039.012.082 (norpack-G1-0-7-40-iacc03.sdr.embratel.net.br) wrote at 2013/12/20 15:20:32 How long have you been doing this Alex and what did your house look like the 1st year?
Alek replies at 15:39 - Click here to see pictures of the Christmas Decorations since 1999.
I've always had a soft spot for the picture below from 2004. Those are my kids (a LOT younger) helping my Mom shovel the driveway. I used to decorate the trees on the left and right - they are wayyyy too big now. Note also there are no inflatables ... I bought my first one (the 8' Frosty ... who still is there but struggles a bit) and now have a "few" more ... as seen in the 2nd picture from 2012! ;-)
193 - United States - Queen Creek Arizona 33.2487°N 111.6343°W"Santa Elf" from 072.211.174.160 (ip72-211-174-160.tc.ph.cox.net) wrote at 2013/12/20 16:01:24 Alek... Here is a great Christmas tune to listen to: "Merry Christmas From the Family." sung by Robert Earl Keen. you can find it on you Tube
195 - United Kingdom - Leamington Spa Warwickshire 52.3000°N 1.5333°W"Centauress" from 086.134.238.064 (host86-134-238-64.range86-134.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/21 10:17:51 Hi Alek, Hope All is Well.... Are The Santa Bubblers Out This Year?
Alek replies at 11:15 - They are out and bubbling away - visible in webcam1 on the far right, but only if you know to look for 'em. Here's a couple of pictures from 2009 (when we had a LOT more snow) and click on the link above for more.
196 - United Kingdom - Melton Constable Norfolk 52.8500°N 1.0333°E"alan eason" from 086.176.105.062 (host86-176-105-62.range86-176.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/21 15:36:14 hi alek glad to see the balloon getting repaired hope it lasts the season
Alek replies at 17:02 - Yea, Gemmy just ROCKS - the replacement envelope showed up today - check out the HUGE box that showed up at my doorstep! I just finished setting it up .. will post more pictures tomorrow (updated with new pics and Youtube video) and more details/pics on the Santa Ballooon webpage.
199 - United States - Pearl City Hawaii 21.4219°N 157.9371°W"Bing Crosby" from 072.235.056.229 (udp050604uds.hawaiiantel.net) wrote at 2013/12/22 07:14:03 I'm dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones at Komars Where the treetops glisten, and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white
Alek replies at 08:33 - Thanks for stopping by "Bing" ... and yea, we got a surprising dusting of snow ... about 2" fell last night - here's what it looked like in the morning.
200 - Canada - Brampton Ontario 43.6892°N 79.7079°W"Anonymous" from 099.228.157.248 (CPE00222d555ea0-CM00222d555e9d.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com) wrote at 2013/12/22 14:33:41 Holy Makinaw! Boy did we get smacked with an ice storm. Trees down all over the place.
202 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W"Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2013/12/22 20:40:08 these bums just come on and say things repeatedly to create attention. nothing great about them
204 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W"Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (S0106602ad071467d.ed.shawcable.net) wrote at 2013/12/22 21:17:53 there have been a few thousand at one time. but these people aren't viewing they're just creating a mess,
Alek replies at 21:22 - While we have some potty mouths on the website tonight, there actually are a lot of nice/heartwarming messages in there. Here's what the website looks like each year (there are small changes) and most numbers of surfers was 4,881 in 2010. Christmas Eve has always been the busiest time, but Slashdot can generate a HUGE amount of traffic ... and I actually did a video interview with those guys today that they'll probably post soon.
208 - United Kingdom - Melton Constable Norfolk 52.8500°N 1.0333°E"alan eason" from 086.176.105.062 (host86-176-105-62.range86-176.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/23 08:12:36 hope everyone has a wonderful christmas its my birthday on the 26 th another year gone by everyone have fun on the big day
212 - United States - Newport Kentucky 39.0747°N 84.4792°W"Anonymous" from 074.136.160.015 (74-136-160-15.dhcp.insightbb.com) wrote at 2013/12/23 15:46:24 Thanks for putting on an extremely entertaining display year after year. Your poor server though so many users.
213 - United Kingdom - Perth Perth and Kinross 56.4000°N 3.4333°W"julie from Scotland" from 082.039.042.103 (cpc3-pert2-0-0-cust102.16-4.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/12/23 16:41:23 Happy Christmas, I vote for your lights every day, I enjoy the lights every year and tonight there are a lot of people watching which is good :) keep up the good work
218 - Taiwan - City N/A 23.5000°N 121.0000°E"Anonymous" from 219.068.022.217 (host-219-68-22-217.dynamic.kbtelecom.net) wrote at 2013/12/24 07:43:03 Also, just wanted to say that I've been following this website for several years, but this is the first time I've been overseas during Christmas- this website is making it feel a bit more like the holiday season, despite not being at home :) Thanks!
223 - United Kingdom - Norwich Norfolk 52.6333°N 1.3000°E"alan eason" from 086.139.171.004 (host86-139-171-4.range86-139.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/24 15:48:47 hi alek just to wish you and your family a very happy christmas thankyou for the display this year
224 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/24 15:58:46 It's Christmas Eve, so the X10 controls are fired up early at 4:00. The lights are a bit hard to see, but the sun is setting. One problem is that it was VERY windy this morning ... so I had to unplug/bungee the Santa Balloon. But the wind is dying down and I hope to inflate (and deflate!) it in soon. As mentioned in post #196, the folks at Gemmy (and Home Depot) just ROCK - was soooo awesome they were
able to get me a replacement balloon envelope. Asute observers will notice the new one is Red/Green ... versus Red/White ... more festive Christmas Colors!
225 - United States - Grapevine Texas 32.9234°N 97.0810°W"Justin Hough" from 173.074.151.028 (pool-173-74-151-28.dllstx.fios.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/12/24 16:18:10 Alek, sorry I couldn't provide a better cam for ya. I lost my cell phone and that ate into the cost. I'll see what I can do next year, but I plan on saving to move, so I may not be able to. Thanks for doing this.
227 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9370°N 1.4867°W"Gill (Luke's mum)" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/12/24 18:28:07 Hi Alek and family, just stopping by to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Hope Santa brings lots of nice things. I'm hoping to see a picture of the, Christmas Day turkey with all the trimmings. Dave from UK, merry christmas, also to Kina. Thanks Alek for another wonderful display. Gill.
230 - Canada - City N/A 60.0000°N 95.0000°W"Paul C." from 047.054.187.105 (stjhnbsu0ww-047054187105.dhcp-dynamic.FibreOP.nb.bellaliant.net) wrote at 2013/12/25 01:50:23 Merry Christmas & thanks for another year
235 - United States - Lubbock Texas 33.6141°N 101.9574°W"Mike" from 070.238.200.221 (adsl-70-238-200-221.dsl.lbcktx.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2013/12/25 12:24:01 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Alek & family, and all the other viewers out there! :) Fun times as always!
237 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9370°N 1.4867°W"Gill Luke's mum" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/12/25 15:35:00 Turkey picture was on Thanksgiving, now for Christmas Day Turkey picture :) The boys have really grown up, where has that time gone! Gill
238 - United States - Las Vegas Nevada 36.1041°N 115.0242°W"Chris in Las Vegas" from 184.001.009.118 (nv-184-1-9-118.dhcp.embarqhsd.net) wrote at 2013/12/25 15:56:24 Thank you for sharing these again. Have been following your webcams since "watching paint dry" was in the crawl space. The Rainier sign is a favorite. Happy holidays to you and your family!
240 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9370°N 1.4867°W"Anonymous" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/12/25 19:19:27 Dave from UK, hope your out there watching. Gill
245 - South Africa - Bellville Western Cape 33.9002°S 18.6285°E"Rynardt" from 197.087.198.245 (197-87-198-245.cpt.mweb.co.za) wrote at 2013/12/26 13:51:34 Hi Komar. You should accept Bitcoin donations for your Celiac Disease Research charity. Bitpay is a payment processor that allows you to accept Bitcoin donations without even touching Bitcoins. They do the conversion for you and deposit USD into your nominated bank account. It is easy to integrate and I am sure will generate a nice sum of donations from the Bitcoin community. Just make a r***** post under r/Bitcoin to generate some attention.
249 - United Kingdom - Peterborough 52.5833°N 0.2500°W"alan eason" from 081.156.017.219 (host81-156-17-219.range81-156.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/28 11:33:02 doh it will soon be time to return to watching grass grow again when the lights come down it will be a sad day but thanks alek for the display
251 - United Kingdom - Peterborough 52.5833°N 0.2500°W"alan eason" from 081.156.017.219 (host81-156-17-219.range81-156.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/29 09:38:06 a happy new year to all christmas light watchers which ever country you are in
255 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9370°N 1.4867°W"Anonymous" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/12/29 17:37:20 Just noticed your post about lights off Sunday, last year we saw in the New Year with the lights. Taking them down early this year? Luke's mum
256 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/29 17:41:01 For the first time EVER, my wife did the post-holiday Christmas Decorations shopping for me - what a great gal! ;-)
She actually was doing a Costco run and had to swing into "Targe'" for a couple of things ... and my older son who was with her noticed
some these nifty Blue, Green, and Red presents at 70% off - WOOT! They also got a little USB LED Christmas Tree that is pretty cool - goes on top of the Lava Lamp in Santa's Workshop! ;-)
257 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9370°N 1.4867°W"Luke's mum" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/12/29 17:46:37 Well done Aleks wife and Son,given us a sleek preview too :)
259 - United States - Lubbock Texas 33.6141°N 101.9574°W"Mike" from 070.238.200.221 (adsl-70-238-200-221.dsl.lbcktx.sbcglobal.net) wrote at 2013/12/29 22:03:59 I got the last laptop message of the year! :D Thanks as always for the display Alek. This place is still my digital Christmas tradition. Best wishes and see you in 2014! Back to watching grass grow in the meantime.
Alek replies at 22:08 - Thanks for stopping by and congrats on getting the last LAST post of the 2013 season on the chat board. I took this picture of the HULK earlier tonight - he was sad that it's over! ;-)
260 - United States - Lancaster New York 42.9057°N 78.6264°W"Anonymous" from 072.228.146.045 (cpe-72-228-146-45.buffalo.res.rr.com) wrote at 2013/12/30 09:09:12 Well, I haven't been on here for a while and missed the last days of the fun! I will be here next year! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
261 - Russian Federation - Velikiy Novgorod Novosibirsk 58.5167°N 31.2833°E"Anonymous" from 005.166.206.042 (5x166x206x42.dynamic.nn.ertelecom.ru) wrote at 2013/12/30 09:23:48 I see alex on the lawn picking up things - cam2
Alek replies at 09:35 - Yep ... the big takedown is today - webcam #2 is still online, so you can watch the action. The first step is all the extension cords, X10 Modules, and Lawn Staples. I hope to do the house tomorrow morning, so I'll turn on webcam #1. I'll post time-lapse video for those that missing the exciting live action! ;-)
266 - United Kingdom - Spalding Lincolnshire 52.7833°N 0.1667°W"alan eason" from 031.051.068.123 (host31-51-68-123.range31-51.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2013/12/30 13:40:32 alek you gave us a good season thankyou but my it does look sad now its all gone hope you have a good spring and summer when it arrives
267 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2013/12/30 13:54:09 Here's the time-lapse video of the front yard takedown. My son Dirk was a great help ... and with my prep work earlier in the day, it took us 32 minutes to clear out the front lawn ... with the exception of the candy canes which are frozen in the ground. And yes, I plan to do a time-lapse of Santa's Workshop ... and tune in tomorrow morning for a live feed via webcam #1 of everything on the house being removed! ;-)
269 - United States - Morrisville Pennsylvania 40.1957°N 74.8127°W"Anonymous" from 072.092.067.195 (pool-72-92-67-195.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/12/30 15:57:47 Thanks for ANOTHER fantastic Christmas Season, Alek!!! It really is fun to play with your lights at the end of the day. Such a fun tradition!
270 - Europe - City N/A 47.0000°N 8.0000°E"Anonymous" from 18.104.22.168 (mail152.anonymouse.org) wrote at 2013/12/30 17:54:12 grottotree DOT com is still working if you're suffering from light control withdrawal
272 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9370°N 1.4867°W"Luke's mum" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2013/12/30 20:34:20 Thanks for the link Alek, UK Costco don't have stepping santa, so I think it's eBay for me :) Thank you for a great show again, and Happy New Year to you and your family. I'm just waiting for that grass to turn green!
275 - United States - Morrisville Pennsylvania 40.1957°N 74.8127°W"Anonymous" from 072.092.067.195 (pool-72-92-67-195.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2013/12/31 19:31:24 I still see some light reflections! Yay!
Alek replies at 22:51 - Yea, I plugged in the lights still on the house for tonight - Happy New Years! ;-)
276 - Hungary - City N/A 47.0000°N 20.0000°E"Roland" from 089.134.164.017 (catv-89-134-164-17.catv.broadband.hu) wrote at 2014/01/01 00:50:11 happy new year alek! You did it again, thank you, meet i hope in 2014 halloween :) Roland Hungary
277 - United Kingdom - Birmingham 52.4667°N 1.9167°W"Anonymous" from 094.000.203.047 (5e00cb2f.bb.sky.com) wrote at 2014/01/01 08:26:20 awwwwwwwwww no just popped in and all the decs have gone. How come you have taken them down so soon
Alek replies at 09:11 - Actually, the decorations are still up on the front of the house. I hope to take those down later today and will activate webcam #1 when I do.
280 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.2890°N 83.3686°W"ErrantEgo" from 069.014.170.149 (d14-69-149-170.try.wideopenwest.com) wrote at 2014/01/01 11:53:06 Heh, now camera 1 is online! LOL
Alek replies at 11:55 - Keep watching ... about to head outside and take stuff down! ;-)
281 - United States - Westland Michigan 42.2890°N 83.3686°W"ErrantEgo" from 069.014.170.149 (d14-69-149-170.try.wideopenwest.com) wrote at 2014/01/01 11:58:47 Alek, can you take my stuff down too? I'll trade ya! The snow is coming down at a good clip here today! The NHL Winter Classic is on NBC, and its taking place about a half hour to my west!
282 - United Kingdom - Derby 52.9370°N 1.4867°W"Gill Luke's mum" from 086.027.156.202 (cpc2-derb12-2-0-cust201.8-3.cable.virginm.net) wrote at 2014/01/01 12:37:48 Nearly all down now Alek, you have a good helper there too! Took our christmas tree down today, post christmas blues setting in :( roll on spring. We will be watching that grass turn green.
284 - United States - Fort Smith Arkansas 35.3029°N 94.4068°W"n10cities" from 070.178.150.051 (ip70-178-150-51.ks.ks.cox.net) wrote at 2014/01/01 17:40:37 Great light show once again, Alek. Thanks for all you do. Happy New Year to you and yours! Great New Year's photo of your family! Them boys are gettin' big! LOL
285 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2014/01/01 22:42:39 Here's the time-lapse video of the Christmas Decorations on the house itself being taken down as recorded by Webcam #1 ... along with a "done" image and one of my up on the roof. That's where I started ... and then I moved to the main part of the house ... assisted by my older son Dirk and then my younger son Kyle - we made pretty quick work of it! ;-)
292 - Canada - Spruce Grove Alberta 53.5490°N 113.8995°W"Anonymous" from 068.150.161.248 (DNS_lookups_disabled) wrote at 2014/01/04 16:33:17 Alek, I hope next year you'll have some cool new things to add. it's always good to bring in a new touch to an already awesome display. hopefully you find something worthy to add.
293 - United States - Morrisville Pennsylvania 40.1957°N 74.8127°W"Anonymous" from 072.092.067.195 (pool-72-92-67-195.phlapa.east.verizon.net) wrote at 2014/01/05 18:13:56 Congrats on your Second Place win, however your display is always first in OUR books! You're such a kind soul to donate your winnings to Celiac Research! Good karma on you! Thanks again for another wonderful season of Christmas Lights!!!
294 - United Kingdom - Spalding Lincolnshire 52.7833°N 0.1667°W"alan eason" from 031.051.068.123 (host31-51-68-123.range31-51.btcentralplus.com) wrote at 2014/01/06 08:26:46 even this close to christmas i have to keep coming back just to look at the photos how sad is that
Alek replies at 08:28 - Welllll ... hopefully the photos bring back some fun memories. I will shut down the blog in a few days, but still need to uploaded a few more videos from the entire season.
297 - Brazil - City N/A 10.0000°S 55.0000°W"Anonymous" from 189.098.169.004 (ip-189-98-169-4.user.vivozap.com.br) wrote at 2014/01/07 07:29:01 A nice way to relive the entire month of December in 7 minutes. Thank you for the memories.
298 - Japan - Aoicho Aichi 35.1667°N 136.9167°E"Anonymous" from 22.214.171.124 (i114-187-178-154.s41.a023.ap.plala.or.jp) wrote at 2014/01/07 16:22:15 good vids - that was me on the day before Christmas turning your lights on and off
303 - United States - Hauppauge New York 40.8191°N 73.2102°W"Anonymous" from 024.185.107.143 (ool-18b96b8f.dyn.optonline.net) wrote at 2014/01/08 19:10:00 Thanks for another great year Alek! It's become a Christmas tradition for me to come, read the blog comments, play with the lights and donate! Ho ho ho! See ya next year!
304 - Australia - Acacia Ridge Queensland 27.5833°S 153.0333°E"Steve Meredith" from 203.213.069.147 (203-213-69-147-static.tpgi.com.au) wrote at 2014/01/09 20:31:06 Hi Alek, On behalf of my family and I. Thankyou so much for your wonderful Christmas website, blog, lights and cheer. We look forward to it every year and are already looking forward to your 2014 display. I hope you and you family have an awesome 2014. Best Wished Steve Meredith Gympie, Queensland Australia
305 - United States - Hulkville in the Republic of Boulder, ColoradoAlek says at 2014/01/10 10:10:10 That's a nice note Steve ... glad I left the Blog open later than I normally do. I've put most of the stuff away in the basement as seen in the picture below and it is time to close down the blog for this year. Web Surfers from 121 countries visited in 2013 as seen on the Christmas Maps and the total raised for Celiac Disease is now over $80,000 - THANKS! Here's a last couple of pictures of the Christmas display. Surf on back at Christmas 2014 for more Christmas Craziness - D'OH! ;-)