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Old 01-09-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Centereach
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I'm from Long Island, and after Christmas we usually don't have such cold weather and snow. Consequently, my Christmas decorations are still up. Then I got to wondering what people do in normally colder, snowier states. Do you even put outdoor decorations up? If you do, do you wait until spring to get them down? Maybe I'm just a wimp..
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:05 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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My wife and I have never bothered with much holiday decorating especially if it uses electricity.
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:26 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Trust me, I have learned! Leave them up until the weather is above freezing, otherwise they will snap in the cold.
I ruined all of mine the first winter as I was trying to force them out of the frozen ground.
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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What decorations? Seriously... I used to put the little white twinkle lights on a cotoneaster by the front steps and a wreath on the door, but that was only fun when my son was little. Too much hassle and a waste of electricity. There are some homes that still go all-out and the city decorates Main Street, but you do have to consider the temperature when moving wires around.
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I turn them on the second week of December and then shut them off after the first week of January. Weather doesn't effect me.
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:48 AM
 
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Trust me, I have learned! Leave them up until the weather is above freezing, otherwise they will snap in the cold.
I ruined all of mine the first winter as I was trying to force them out of the frozen ground.
I found putting them UP when the weather is above freezing is helpful also! Less snapping of wires and words muttered under my breath....
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Centereach
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Wow, I never realized the the wires could actally snap! I guess I have to leave mine up a little longer.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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The rubber insulation can become brittle in the cold.

I actually brought mine in the house very carefully and let them warm up to where they were very pliable. Then I put them back in their plastic holder and into their boxes.
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