Christmas 2020 build schedule

This being stuck at home thing has really thrown me off my usual process of creating my build plan. Usually I think about what I want to do, order the pieces when the LOR summer sale is on, then build my work back plan once I know what I am doing.

Because of the quarantine I’ve had a little more time on my hands and a couple of sleepless nights had me surfing HolidayCoro which resulted in several of impulse purchases to do some experimenting with. so what has happened is I’ve added way more props than I usually do. Now that I’ve finished my power and network upgrade I need to start planning some of these DIY projects.

Every year my schedule begins Thanksgiving (Canadian) weekend, cleaning up the yard for winter and turning around the garage; storing the car and getting out the lights as well as general clean up. This year thanksgiving falls early which gives me 8 weeks of building until the light up on Nov 28th. Even with this extended schedule it looks like I’ll have a lot to do each week to get to complete. One of my goals when building the schedule is to get all the items I cannot reach from my step ladder up by the weekend before Halloween to avoid challenges like I had in 2017.

ArchesArches PrototypeIn Progress
ArchesBuild ArchesTo Do
Candy CanesAssemble Candy CanesTo Do
Curtain LightsDisplay Upper CurtainsTo Do
Curtain LightsSeal curtain LightsTo Do
Curtain LightsCreate MountingTo Do
House LEDUpper Icicles R-LWTo Do
House RGBBuild Garage Outline MountingTo Do
House RGBUpper Roof-RGBTo Do
House RGBRight Upper-RGBTo Do
House RGBLeft Upper-RGBTo Do
North PolesBuild PrototypeTo Do
North PolesBuid PolesTo Do
StockingsAssemble stockingsTo Do
StockingsCreate MountingTo Do
House RGBBriks Window -RGBTo Do
House RGBIains Window-RGBTo Do
House RGBGarage Pitch-RGBTo Do
House RGBLiving Room Pitch-RGBTo Do
StockingsDisplay StockingsTo Do
Candy CanesAdd Ground StakesTo Do
House LEDGarage Outline-LWTo Do
House LEDFront Door-LWTo Do
House RGBGarage – RGBTo Do
House RGBLiving Room Window-RGBTo Do
North PolesAdd Ground StakesTo Do
ArchesArches Ground StakesTo Do
Border PanelsInsert Ground StakesTo Do
House LEDHouse Garage Globes-LWTo Do
House LEDHouse Snowflakes-LWTo Do
TreesTree BurstTo Do
YardSanta & Elves Ground StakesTo Do
TreesSpruce Net Lights -LWTo Do
TreesSpruce -RGBTo Do
YardPixel Tree-RGBTo Do
YardJim Border R-IMTo Do
YardFrank BorderL-IMTo Do
Curtain LightsDisplay Lower CurtainsTo Do
Mini TreesMini Tree DisplayTo Do
TrimWreath R-LWTo Do
TrimWreath L-LWTo Do
YardGround AccentsTo Do
ArchesDisplay ArchesTo Do
Candy CanesDisplay Candy CanesTo Do
North PolesDisplay PolesTo Do
TrimNutcrackerTo Do
TrimLeft CandleTo Do
YardPixel PanelsTo Do
YardCandy CanesTo Do
YardFloodlight Right RGBTo Do
YardFloodlight Left-RGBTo Do
YardRight CandleTo Do
FenceSide Gate BannerTo Do
FenceSide Gate FloodTo Do
FenceSide Fence BannerTo Do
FenceSide Fence FloodTo Do
TrimGarage Door CoverTo Do
YardSanta Cutout + FloodTo Do
YardElves Cutout + FloodTo Do

The other thing I have started early is converting my sequences to this years layout. I usually start this Labour Day long weekend as that is usually after I have locked in my order and layout. This year I’ve gotten a head start. Hopefully this gives me time to improve (or recreate) some of the older sequences that have been transitioning from my first LOR years with only LEDs

NowA Spaceman Came Travelling28-JunComplete
TwistedI’ll Be Home for Christmas28-JunComplete
NowBand Aid05-JulComplete
MiscJingle Bells05-JulComplete
NowBing Crosby : “White Christmas”12-JulComplete
KidsJingle Bells Batman Smells12-JulComplete
TSOChristmas Cannon Rock19-JulComplete
KidsJingle Jingle Jingle19-JulAdd Singing Faces
TSOChristmas in Sarejavo26-JulComplete
NowJohn Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band : “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”26-JulComplete
MiscChristmas Vacation02-AugComplete
NowJohnny Mathis : “When a Child Is Born (Soleado)”02-AugComplete
MiscChristmas Vacation Intro09-AugComplete
NowJona Lewie : “Stop The Cavalry”09-AugComplete
TwistedDeck the Halls16-AugConvert
KidsKidnap the Santy Claus16-AugCreate
KidsDomenick The Italian Christmas Donkey23-AugConvert
NowLast Christmas23-AugConvert
NowElton John : “Step Into Christmas” 30-AugConvert
KidsLET IT GO30-AugConvert
MetalFather Christmas06-SepCreate
MiscLet it Snow06-SepConvert
KidsFrosty the snowman13-SepConvert
TwistedLet It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow13-SepConvert
KIdsRudolph the red nosed reindeer13-SepConvert
NowGary Glitter : “Another Rock n’ Roll Christmas”20-SepConvert
MiscLets Not go Shopping20-SepConvert
MiscSanta Claus is coming to town20-SepConvert
MiscGod Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen27-SepConvert
MiscLittle Drummer Boy27-SepConvert
NowShakin’ Stevens : “Blue Christmas”27-SepConvert
TwistedHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas04-OctConvert
KidsMaking Christmas04-OctCreate
TwistedSilver Bells04-OctConvert
TwistedHeavy Metal Christmas (The Twelve Days of Christmas)11-OctConvert
MetalMerry Axe-mas11-OctConvert
KidsSnoopy’s Christmas11-OctConvert
MiscHere comes Santa Claus 18-OctConvert
NowMerry Xmas Everybody18-OctConvert
NowThe Beach Boys : “Little Saint Nick”18-OctConvert
NowMike Oldfield : “In Dulce Jubilo”25-OctConvert
TwistedThe Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)25-OctConvert
MiscHey, COme look at my lights25-OctCreate
KidsHot Chocolate01-NovConvert
MetalMistress For Christmas01-NovConvert
MiscTwas the Night before Christmas01-NovConvert
KidsI Am The Grinch08-NovConvert
NowMud : “Lonely This Christmas”08-NovConvert
TwistedWhite Christmas08-NovConvert
NowI Believe in Father Christmas15-NovConvert
TwistedOh Come All Ye Faithful15-NovConvert
TSOWizards in Winter15-NovConvert
TwistedI Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus22-NovConvert
NowPaul McCartney : “Wonderful Christmastime”22-NovConvert
KidsYoure a mean one Mr Grinch22-NovConvert
NowI Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday29-NovConvert
NowQueen : “Thank God It’s Christmas”29-NovConvert

Overall Progress is looking good:

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One other project I took on was building a retaining wall around my flower bed as well as removing some of the trees and shrubs in it. The final step of this project was adding some lights. The Lights are the LOR Cosmic Colour Ribbons I have on my ash tree last season. They are mounted to the underside of the wall using HolidayCoro Pixel Strip Mounting Hardware Base + Diffuser Cover – 39″ / ~1 Meter Length. The light controllers I am using are NODEMCU boards running WLED Firmware that I built myself. The lights are scheduled through an Alexa routine to turn on 60 mins before sunset and turn off at sunrise. This was another fun little quarantine project to curb the monotony of being at home. I can also unplug the NodeMCU controllers and plug in my LOR ones at Christmas time to incorporate these lights into my Christmas display.

I also scored some oldschool plywood characters to incorporate into the display. One of our neighbors is moving and had these at the end of their driveway with a free sign on them.

Old school plywood Santa & Elves

The kids were real excited to tell me about it and we quickly grabbed them. I love these old school props and have been looking for or thinking about building some for a while, this was a lucky addition. I also ordered a couple of HolidayCoro 10 Watt RGB SMART PIXEL Flood Light with Included Ground Stake V3 to light them up. now I just need to figure where I am putting them in my display.

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