Sunday – 4 Days Till Take-down

Going into the final days before it all comes down. Its been a great run, with lots of visitors and donations to the Shrine Hospitals for Children.
The lead up to Christmas night was interesting. Monday was rainy and relatively low on the visitor count. Tuesday blew out the socks with the busiest night to date and record donations. Santa gave out over 500 candy canes!

Wednesday started slow (thanks to the mayor asking everyone to stay at home), but wasn’t bad until 8:00 when the sirens went off. At that time we had 3 limos, a bus and about a dozen cars (over 100 folks out walking)…by 8:10 they were all gone. For the next 40 minutes my two traffic assistants and Santa just sat around waiting…no rain, no wind. Finally picked up about 9:00, but never got busy. Too bad, since it was Santa’s last night.

Christmas Eve – as expected the biggest night of the season. From 5:00 to 10:15 I never sat down. The wait was never less than 10 minutes to come up the street and only exceeded 20 minutes for a brief time. I counted 1,650 cars by 10:00. Had a couple of buses and about 10 limos sprinkled in. Lots and lots of folks out walking. The weather was absolutely perfect.  At 10:10, I still couldn’t see the end of the line and I was beginning to worry that it would continue past 10:30 when the lights went out.  But it magically came to an end with only 3 cars left when they went off.

Both Friday and Saturday night were busy and the weather was great (got 3 inches of rain early Friday morning, so everything was wet and the creek was flowing. I had a lot of interesting conversations with visiting folks…lots of out of town folks. Guess its time to list the states and countries again:
AZ, AL, CO, KY, WISC, IL, GA, FL, NE, OH, MA, IN, CA, NV, MI, MD, WV, SC, TX, AR, MO, ME, DC, MI, ID, KS, NV, HAWAII, ALASKA, OH, NC, WASH, NH, NY & WV.

IRELAND, ITALY, WALES, SCOTLAND, GERMANY, RUSSIA, JAPAN, MEXICO, S. AFRICA, NEW ZEALAND, CANADA, GUATEMALA, CHINA, INDIA & BRAZIL.

Probably missed several.

New Year’s Eve is the last night. Starting Friday morning I will begin take-down…working my way up the street. Goal is by the end of the weekend to have 7 yards cleared and my driveway arches down. Estimate it will take 12 days to put everything away.

And, of course, I’m already planning out 2016 in my mind.

I’ll let you know when everything is put away.

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