Sunday, December 5
Clouds, Afternoon Sun
Temperatures: Morning low around 20, Afternoon
high in the lower 40's
(Written on 12/18/2004,
so some details are lost to memory, getting older, you know....)
I stated on the previous page, the maple tree was completed today
after extensive work yesterday afternoon. The first picture
below is the same as the on postd on yesterday's page. It shows
the completed tree with the candy cane surround, and th single set
of wire arches. I spent about 20 minutes trying to fix the other
set this morning, and gave it up to try to fix them some evening.
(Still not fixed as of 12/18/2004)
By the time I finished the maple tree, there were
2,718 lights, including the 12 ornament balls hanging from the branches.
After I finished the tree, the lawn was free to work on, so I added
the arch lights to one side, also the 12 lighted candy
canes, the two blow mold candle sticks and the blow mold Christmas
tree. This give the maple tree area a total of over 3,000
lights and really illuminatd the center of the lawn.
After I completed the maple tree I moved on
to the weeping cherry tree. This year I opted to do something
different with the tree. The tree suffered serious winter damage
last winter, and a majority of the tree is now actually dead.
I have waited until next spring to trim off the dead growth, but the
dead branches have become so brittle, I didn't think they would withstand
the pressure of the net lights. We had a new collection of lighted
balls and flickering snowflakes, so I put those on the tree instead.
After that, I set up the nativity set with all the blowmold
decorations and some of the wire frames I did not get out
last year. This year, the cherry tree only has 1,100 lights
instead of the 1,650 net lights we had last year, but it makes
a nice change.
The next project for the
day was the kneeling santa. The E-Z trees we traditionally
put in this scene suffered catistrophic damage from all the snow last
winter. The bottom wires got stretched so much from the
settling snow, they broke the vertical wire run up the pole....
Of course, I forgot this fact when we were at Ace Hardware on the
Friday after Thanksgiving when they had spiral trees relly cheap....
Amazingly, the lights on the animated trumpeting angels all worked!
Unfortunately, the snow last winter burned out one of the animator
motors so the wings on one doesn't move. I replaced all the
lights in the inflatable soldiers, and we had very high winds
that night, which flopped the inflatables all over, burning out
most if not all of the lights... Still have not replaced the
lights as of 12/18/2004.
of the last things I worked on for the day was the front door. I put
together one of our lighted wire frame arches, and amazingly,
all of these lights worked right out of the box as well!
After that, I put the blow molds on the front step, and I am still
thinking about adding some other new items to the step, but not sure
if there is enough room for the new items.
final new item for the day was the small lighted spring
form snowman between the maple tree and the trumpeting angels.
is a panorama of the entire yard as of tonight. As of
tonight we have a total of 19,500 lights making up this year's display.
Lance & Marianne Williams
Rome, New York 13440