|Posted on November 18, 2014 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
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
|Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:25 AM||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!
|Posted on November 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM||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!
|Posted on November 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM||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!
Chris and Ann
|Posted on October 15, 2013 at 3:50 PM||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.
|Posted on November 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM||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!
Christopher and Ann Donnells
|Posted on November 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM||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
|Posted on November 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Slowly we are getting the light display up. We are truly hoping to have everything set for the day after Thanksgiving. The arches went up this past weekend along with the icicle lights and my wife tediously put red and white lights all around the bushes and trees in the driveway. She did a superb job. Much better job than I would have done. This weekend I'm planning on trying to get all the other stuff in the front yard...deer, animated gingerbread etc...and finally by the day after Thanksgiving I should be able to plug it all in and do the lights on the trees...God willing.
Also, I'll be at the Silver Sands Stop and Shop on Bridgeport Ave on Thursday, November 15th from 6 am to 12:30 pm collecting turkeys, non-perishable foods and cash with Star 99.9 for the Connecticut Food Bank. Stop down, say hi and bring a can of food for those in need!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Chris and Ann Donnells
|Posted on November 6, 2012 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
I first want to wish everyone well after such a devastating storm that hit our area. I do hope everyone is safe and sound and wish you all the best in the coming days and months.
We normally have more of the display done but with Sandy coming in, I decided not to start the display until late. Also, this year, I decided not to put up all the lights on the roof but to put up snowflakes. Unfortunately I mis-calculated and didn't have enough. Therefore, only the garage roof will have snowflakes. We're also waiting to get a new window installed so I can't put the lights on the siding. It's been one obstacle after another. With the obstacles I had almost decided to cancel the lighting but to be honest with you, many people could probably use a little holiday cheer, even if the house isn't as bright as past years. So, with the help from my beautiful wife, we got the snowflakes on the roof and the 3 mega trees in the front yard. A little over 10,000 lights so far. We will have the arches up this weekend and then everything else in the front yard after that.
Of course we will be raising money for the Connecticut Food Bank and they could definitely use the money or food. Their shelves are bare after Sandy.
Also, Santa Energy has also promised to match the donations again this year! Thank you Santa!
So, we will be up and running hopefully right after Thanksgiving.
Keep checking back!
Chris and Ann
|Posted on December 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Thank you to the Milford Patch Community for voting us the Best Decorated House in Milford Connecticut for 2011! We are one of the 860 houses in the Patch Community now being judged. On Friday the 30th, they will announce the 24 Semi Finalists. If we do win that division, then we get our electric bill for December paid for and go on to the Finals. If we win the overall contest, $100,000 will be donated to our local Milford school of our choice in our names. Wish us luck!
Chris and Ann Donnells