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I've gotten use to people stopping and telling me how much they liked my display this year. What threw me was how many actually thanked me for doing it. Even had a couple people tell me that it helped them out of the holiday "depression" they were in, and put the spirit on the season in them. I have always said that I do this for myself, and to satisfy my need to be a show off.  I have also said that the people that claim to do it "just to see the kids faces" were full of crap. However, I am starting to understand that a little better, now. I still do it for me, and will stop doing it when I no longer enjoy it, but it is kind of nice to know that it actually touches people.

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For some reason, I was in quite the 'funk' myself this season. Then the cards and thanks started and actually put a smile on my face! Even had someone stop on the opposite side of the boulevard to shout across, "great display!!' while I was taking it down last weekend.:-)

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I had a similar experience on Christmas Eve this year. Christmas Cannon was the second song in my display this year out of 15 songs and on the third time around I was in the house when I heard some singing. I went to the front door and outside a church bus had pulled up and a children's choir of about 20 were standing in the middle of my display singing to Christmas Cannon. My wife started crying, now that is caroling.

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yes, awesome stories!

 

Dcroc - my first show = same experience. people told me how impressed they were but days and months later SOOO many people THANKED me, threw me off a bit.

 

Came home one night right when show ended but many care still parked out front so I asked if they want more? "YEAH!!" so I turned it back on...in the morning I had notes on my front door thanking me. I am also told of many people now have a Christmas tradition.

 

Yeah, there is so much good stuff in this hobby :)

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2015 was the first year that I also decorated my backyard. At the last minute I had the idea to put out a guestbook for people to write in if they felt inclined. I held onto the notes people had put in my mailbox so this was a neat way to learn more about visitors. The guestbook was an extra 3 ring binder with sections for, "Your Name?", "Where are you coming from", "How did you find out about us?", and "Comments". After the show was taken down, I scanned all the pages including the mailbox notes from before. I was pleasantly surprised that there was well over 700 comments left. I'm going to make a regular thing now. You can read the notes here http://www.nychristmaslights.com/2015%20Guestbook.pdf

 

Nothing beats going out and meeting people but the guestbook allowed people to leave comments without me scaring them away if I came outside.

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