I wrote in my posts ‘Gremlins and their stuff’ and ‘Selling Gremlin’s Stuff’ the need to have garage sales due to preparations to downsize for a move to a smaller home next year. This weekend another garage sale is taking place. This time it is not Gremlin’s stuff that is being sold, it is my stuff – my Christmas stuff.
My post ‘The Countdown Is On’, I wrote about my Christmas decorations – lots and lots of Christmas decorations. My past Christmas displays included up to 26,000 lights all synchronized to music, lighted characters, many Christmas trees and much, much more. This year I am not decorating at all; the downsizing of possessions also includes the Christmas decorations.
The past years of decorating have been time consuming, but I have enjoyed every minute of it – the decorating and creating a Christmas display is a way for me to show my creativity. At this point, not knowing what the future is in the next chapter of my partner and my life, the decorating is ending for now. Once the transition takes place next year, we will see if the extreme decorating will begin again.
For now, the Christmas decorations will be sold – this includes indoor decorations such as animated musical dancing Christmas trees and other characters, a life size Santa Claus, 4 large Christmas trees, plush snowmen, several Santa and Angel tree toppers, lots of Christmas tree ornaments, countless stuffed animals, and many other nick-knacks that would make your head spin. The outdoor decorations include animated characters such as Big Bird, Snoopy, Candy Canes, A Santa Train, A Santa Cowboy, Reindeer, Elmo, Rudolph, way too many miniature Christmas trees to mention, and a mega amount of light strands that results in over 30,000 lights. Oh but wait – we cannot forget about the large amount of garland, the bows, the bells, then there is the big star, oh and did I mention the hundreds of extension cords – you get the picture!
My past years outdoor Christmas displays have taken me upwards to 300 hours over the course of a year to plan and install. I had anywhere from 22,000 – 26,000 lights synchronized to music consisting of up to 12 songs including Christmas classics, favorite movie songs and fun parody songs.
So it is all being sold for someone else to use and enjoy for their Christmas display.