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We're Almost There!

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (2)

Well, Thanksgiving is around the corner and God willing, the lights will go on the day after Thanksgiving as long as it doesn't rain.  Looks to be good weather.  The Milford Green goes on at 5:30 and we go on at 5:00 so stop down, say "Hi" and watch the lights go on!  We hope that you enjoy this year's display!  And from "that house" to your's, may you have a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

Chris and Ann Donnells


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted on December 9, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (4)

We are so thankful that we are still able to continue doing this display each and every year!  And, more importantly we are  happy for all of the nice comments each year about our display.  We do it for you and hope that you enjoy it.  Also, thank you for your consistent donations each and every year to help suppor our cause, the Connecticut Food Bank.

We hope you continue to enjoy our display as it will be up until New Year's Day.

From our family to your's, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

Christopher and Ann Donnells

August 1st!

Posted on August 1, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, here we are at the beginning of August working on a new set of arches for the driveway.  The ones I've been using are very old and really needed to be replaced.  So, we're almost all painted (need about 12 cans of white PVC paint) and then we can candy cane stripe them.  After that, we'll need to fix the manger as it sufffered some damage last year (it's first year) and then the sleigh needs to be repaired.  Next, the new wooden cutouts need to be cut and painted and the Merry Christmas sign needs to be fixed.  To be honest, we need a new one.  This one is well over 7 years old and is pretty beaten up.  Time for a new one.  Plus it's incandescent not LED.  Big difference.

Oh well.  It'll be here before you know it!


Chris

We're getting there!

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Well, it's been an interesting setup.  This year I have been battling three herniated discs in my neck and I have been taking the setup slowly.  We are very close to being done.  We are on track to have approximately 30,000 lights in the show this year.  New this year are two new wireframes.  One wireframe replaces the old, worn out Keep Christ in Christmas sign.  The other is Santa checking his list (twice of course) which will stand next to the Santa Mailbox (which got refurbished letters over the summer).  Last year we only had 2 mega trees (due to the fact that we made a gigantic sled for the front yard).  This year, that enormous sled will be on the side and we're bringing back the other Mega Tree.  Also, over the summer we made a manger for our Nativity and that will be featured next to the Keep Christ in Christmas sign.  We are also attempting to form a water scene with birds, frogs and of course, what Christmas isn't complete with a fire breathing dragon wearing a Christmas cap!  Hopefully (it must be) everything will be up this weekend. 

Also, if you read this in the next couple of days, I'll be interviewed by the Chaz and AJ show on WPLR at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday November 20th.  They also can be found on 102.9 WDRC and 95.9 the Fox in the morning.

So keep a lookout for us and pray that we don't get any rain on opening night.  If it does rain it will postpone us from flipping the switch.

As always, we are continuing our support of the Connecticut Food Bank.  If you have enjoyed our display and continue to enjoy it, please consider making a small donation to the Connecticut Food Bank on our Virtual Food Drive page.

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy our efforts.

May you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!

Christopher and Ann Donnells

Christmas In July

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

What a better time of year to think of candy canes, Santa Claus and snow but in the middle of July.  Started working on the display.  Recently purchased a new Keep Christ in Christmas sign for the display.  The one I had built had seen it's day.  It was just ruined.  Found a nice one that I bought from Christmas Done Bright on sale (20% off).  Cheaper than me purchasing the plywood to build a new one!

Also, brand new manger!  Built a manger for Christ.  You'll see it this year.  Keep an eye out for it. 

Also, this year, we're changing up the theme a little.  Hopefully everyone will like it!

Getting Ready for Bad Weather!

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We're getting ready for this storm to hit tomorrow.  Heavy winds and lots and lots of rain.  If we can get out of the storm with no damage to the display, I would be extatic!  Keeping our fingers crossed that everything makes it through.  It's all tied down so I'm hoping it'll all be alright!

I think we're just about done...

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, we survived being outside yesterday for almost 4 hours.  Ugh.  It was so cold that after a while I just didn't feel cold anymore.  But, we're done.  All we have left to do is to hook up the extension cords and flip the switch.  Keep our fingers crossed!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

As long as the weather is good, the lights should go on the day after Thanksgiving at 5:00!

Merry Christmas!

Chris and Ann

We're almost ready to get started!

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, here we are around the middle of October.  People are thinking about their Halloween costumes and I'm thinking, how am I going to get the things I need to get done, done in time.  No bother.  We'll get it done.  Hopefully this weekend, we'll get started on getting some of the display up (lights in the trees stuff on the roof).  Mainly because it's the stuff I don't want to do or care to do in the snow.

It's just about 6 weeks until the display goes on for the 2013 season.  There are some changes this year.  We will be taking down one of the big trees in the front for a very large display that was built by Ann and myself...two LARGE reindeer and one LARGE sleigh.  Total length is approximately 23 feet.  We've also added more snowflakes to the top of the roof and we might be replacing the Keep Christ in Christmas sign with a newer one.  The mini trees have all been replaced with LED lights and we've even added a few more.

Keep looking back to track our progress.

Merry Christmas!

Chris

Done!

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)

This year was a particularly challenging year to get the display done.  With Hurricane Sandy and a snowstorm shortly thereafter coupled with the fact that Thanksgiving was one week early this year, we really only had a few weeks to get done what we did.  With that I have to give BIG kudos to my wonderful helper elf, my wife, Ann.  She was great at helping me with the display and getting it up.  Through the cold we got it done and luckily we actually had some nice weather to do it.  Normally it's super cold or raining or snowing outside.  So thank you honey for all your help!

I do hope you enjoy the display and from our home to your's we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Christopher and Ann Donnells

We're Getting There!

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, we got a lot done on Sunday.  Only have a couple more trees to put up and a few more deer as well as I have to fix the soldier's head (I accidentally broke it into a billion pieces last year when I took it down).  This year we should have approximately 35,000 lights.  No lights on the roof.  Snowflakes this year.  I did not buy enough so only the garage is covered.  Next year when they have the sale I'll make sure to buy enough.

Also waiting for a new controller for the Gingerbread men tossing the pepperment. 

But all in all, we're doing good.  After this is all up my arm can finally heal itself (I have a bad case of tendinitis in my arm).

Also, people have asked and yes, Santa will be here on Friday.  He will only be here for an hour.  The lights go at 5:00 so Santa will be here from 5:30 to 6:30.  Be sure to drop off your letters to Santa.

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Chris and Ann Donnells


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