Going Social

I’ve had a mish mash of social media over the years with a couple of accounts that I use to promote the Christmas light display and share my projects. This year because I am building a photo op prop I thought it would be good to have some consistency across the social media accounts I use (inspired by the props I saw in South Calgary last year & their use of social in the picture area).

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We have a plan

Here we are at the halfway point between the lights turning last season and the lights turning on for this season and we seem to have a plan. I toyed with a few ideas of what to change and what to add, where I finally settled is changing the left hand side of the house to a walk through area with the donation bin inside a “Santa House” that can double as a photo op as well as adding two additional pixel panels to the lower section of the house beside the garage.

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3x Days of Giving

For the 3 days leading up to Christmas I will personally match any Online Donations,. I will also leverage my corporate donation match program to match my donations meaning $1 donated by you from December 22 to 24 will result in the Foodbank receiving $3. Donation matching with be to a maximum of $500 total of Online Donations. The Starting point on December 22nd is $1455 any amount above that when Santa arrives will be matched up to $500 total.

Donation Match Starting Point, all donations up to a total of $1455 will be matched 2x

We have seen great generosity by the visitors of or show so far with $1455 Donated online, Over $100 in Cash (which will double through donation matching at the end of the season) and Over 300lbs of food collected.

If you can, please take this opportunity to support those in need and triple your impact to the community.

Stop by to See the Show @ 120 MacEwan Ridge Close NW Calgary AB or check out the video’s from this season

We are live, Christmas 2021

Not a lot of items got completed on schedule, but fortunately the schedule was forgiving enough that I got everything finished with about 3 hours to spare. Unfortunately because of current COVID restrictions we could not have our usual light up party for the 2nd straight year. This severely impacts our fundraising efforts as we traditionally collect about 50% of the donations on the first night from friends and family.

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Half way through the ’21 install

Time flies when you are not getting much done. Here we are half way through my install schedule, I’ve had a couple of weekends that haven’t been as productive as intended but have been trying to catch up as best I can. With Halloween behind us it will be an all out push to light up.

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The transition from build to install

Last weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving) marks the transition from build activities to installing the lights. That doesn’t mean I don’t still have things to build but I do need to start putting up lights to keep to my install schedule. A few weeks ago it felt like I had lots of time to do all the things I needed to but now time is feeling short.

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Building the Bucket Lights

One display item I always enjoyed when I was a kid were driveway lights made from putting ice-cream buckets over C9 bulbs. This is something I had been thinking of doing for some time, when contemplating the new items I wanted to add I realized I could build a modern RGB version of this in a similar manner to how I built my North Poles last year.

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We are a go

I’ve spent much of this year debating if I would do a big light show this season. After much consideration the excitement has built enough for me to commit to building another show this year. We will go live 3 months from today on November 27th, hopefully we will be able to have a light up party with a road hockey game and people in our house again. I really missed not having the light up party last season.

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We’re half way there ’21.

It’s hard to believe but we are already at the midway point between turning off the lights on January 2nd and the official Light up on November 27th.

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