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Crazymike1965
09-11-2014, 12:31 AM
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MinnesotaMike
09-11-2014, 02:18 AM
Nice!

Crazymike1965
09-11-2014, 09:24 PM
I thought I would start the thread early this year Mike :)

ChantelleJoy
09-17-2014, 04:37 PM
YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!! I can't believe it's already time to start thinking about seeing Mike's beautiful tree(s)!!!!!

ornamentmaven
09-17-2014, 07:21 PM
Good to see you Mike

Crazymike1965
09-18-2014, 01:01 AM
It is nice to see you all again :) 2014 has just flown by. I am really looking forward to the coming decorating season and cannot wait to see what the stores will have this year. I have 7 weeks to get the garden cleaned up. the veggies all picked, the Halloween decorations put up and taken down. I should start my decoration shopping by mid October. Chantelle do you want me to post some none Christmas lead up photos or should I keep this thread to Christmas only.

ChantelleJoy
09-18-2014, 01:44 PM
Mike, this is your thread to do with as you will! I'm sure everyone would love to see all your prep!

ornamentmaven
09-18-2014, 04:15 PM
I would love to see "the works" too Mike!

tinkerbell2
09-22-2014, 02:17 PM
Can't wait to see the fabulous decorations and the magnificent trees...:christmastree:

Papa_Christmas
09-23-2014, 02:02 PM
Hi Mike,
It seems to come around faster and faster every year, time to get serious Fall is officially here.

wstaple
09-23-2014, 09:38 PM
This is my first year on here. Can't wait to see it all!

Crazymike1965
09-24-2014, 05:34 AM
Nice to meet you wstaple :) I hope that you hang around and spend the next several months here with us all :)

wstaple
09-24-2014, 03:32 PM
Nice to meet you wstaple :) I hope that you hang around and spend the next several months here with us all :)
I'm looking forward to it, Mike! I love anything Christmas and this site/board is perfect for me!

ornamentmaven
09-24-2014, 06:38 PM
I'm looking forward to it, Mike! I love anything Christmas and this site/board is perfect for me!

Hi and welcome wstaple. Just wait until you see Mike's Christmas decorations - you will be amazed!!!

ChantelleJoy
09-25-2014, 08:59 PM
Nice to meet you wstaple :) I hope that you hang around and spend the next several months here with us all :)

You are in for a treat wstaple. I always LOVE new visitors and you will love Mike's decorations!

olga
09-26-2014, 06:28 PM
No Christmas without your decoration, friend. :elf1:

MarineBrat
09-28-2014, 01:37 PM
So glad to see your upcoming Christmas decorations!!:elf3:

MrsNorth
09-30-2014, 10:54 PM
Looking forward to seeing all the decorations!

Crazymike1965
10-01-2014, 12:17 AM
Welcome to the forum MrsNorth :) It is great to see you here !!! Hopefully you will like the decorations...

ornamentmaven
10-01-2014, 02:03 AM
Welcome MrsNorth. You will LOVE Crazy Mike's Christmas

Crazymike1965
10-01-2014, 10:26 AM
Here is a video of last years tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTkQTc-BUB4

wstaple
10-01-2014, 02:58 PM
Here is a video of last years tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTkQTc-BUB4
That's absolutely beautiful, Mike!

ornamentmaven
10-01-2014, 03:38 PM
Beautiful as alwys. I also love that cute dog!

MrsNorth
10-04-2014, 02:05 PM
Beautiful, I can't wait to see it this year!
:treedance:

Papa_Christmas
10-06-2014, 12:59 PM
Nice video Mike but you need some more volume on Luther .

Crazymike1965
10-07-2014, 01:15 AM
and less on my wheezing Papa lol my asthma was so bad last year.

Crazymike1965
10-13-2014, 02:43 AM
I am so looking forward to November 8th. A new tree is being planned and has been approved by my wife so I am hoping to be able to get enough ornaments to pull it off. I am also going to attempt to start to convert to LED lights on the big tree. Lots of other ideas so we will see how things go.

steph535
10-13-2014, 03:47 AM
and I am really looking forward to seeing it all come together, Mike!

Mistletoe
10-14-2014, 12:45 AM
Beautiful as always, Mike. I like the moving ornaments, they make it come alive.

How long do you keep your trees up? After putting that much work into them, it must really hurt to take them down...

Crazymike1965
10-15-2014, 10:38 AM
Thanks Mistletoe :)

I take them down around the third week of January.

Crazymike1965
10-18-2014, 09:55 PM
I visited one of the local stores where I have bought most of my decorations over the years and I was showing some of the people there pictures from last year and they want to put the pictures on their website and they want to include our house in a Christmas tour but I am not too happy with the idea of strangers touring the house lol

I saw lots of amazing decorations today :)

Crazymike1965
10-19-2014, 01:45 AM
I will post some pics of what I saw today :)

Crazymike1965
10-19-2014, 01:46 AM
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steph535
10-19-2014, 03:37 AM
That is so cool that they want pics of your trees on their website! And I wouldn't want strangers coming through my house, either.

Mistletoe
10-19-2014, 04:38 AM
Nice compliment, though!

ornamentmaven
10-19-2014, 02:17 PM
Love the decorations Mike! That is great that they want to spotlight photos of your trees and asked you about the tour! I wouldn't want strangers in my house either, nor would I want all that stress of trying to make sure everything stays "perfect"

ChantelleJoy
10-20-2014, 02:47 PM
LOVE The shopping photos Mike! I added some of my own over int he SIGNS OF CHRISTMAS thread!

Crazymike1965
10-21-2014, 01:00 AM
I am going to check them out Chantelle :presents1:

olga
10-22-2014, 03:01 PM
Waiting for the day you will start uploading photos decorating your lovely home, step by step. Im sure youre as excited as it gets, as time really flies, I think!! 8 days more and November is here!!!

I find it just wonderful that you celebrate Christmas with your heart! Keep up the good work, my good friend!

Crazymike1965
11-02-2014, 12:26 AM
Yes it certainly is Olga :) Jeannette and I are getting ready for the annual closed door sale which is this coming Friday. I went to the store today to try figure out what I like and it looks like it is going to be an expensive day. Lots of ornaments and there are a lot of stuff that will go with my purple tree.

Crazymike1965
11-02-2014, 02:24 AM
A little taste of what I saw today :)

http://mikestruys.com/images/Mike/CMS1.jpg

http://mikestruys.com/images/Mike/CMS2.jpg

http://mikestruys.com/images/Mike/CMS3.jpg

http://mikestruys.com/images/Mike/CMS4.jpg

ChantelleJoy
11-02-2014, 04:04 PM
Ah! Gorgeous! Love all the peacock themed stuff. Reminds me of amazing vintage ornaments!

Crazymike1965
11-02-2014, 09:05 PM
Chantelle do you want to come by for a visit this year :)

ornamentmaven
11-03-2014, 02:43 PM
Mike- beautiful - definitely will go well on your tree!

*Snowflake*
11-04-2014, 04:14 PM
can't wait to see new photos this year:elf1:

Crazymike1965
11-07-2014, 03:25 PM
Hello everyone, I bought my first bunch of ornaments last night from one of our local stores. Tonight I am off to a closed door Christmas sales. I have been going to this sale for the last 14 years. When I get home tonight I will start moving the big tree into the living room :)

ornamentmaven
11-07-2014, 06:48 PM
Yay!!!

steph535
11-07-2014, 11:16 PM
Hooray!!

Crazymike1965
11-08-2014, 04:40 AM
It was a lot of fun at the Christmas sale and I picked up ornaments for all the trees including a new theme tree. Pictures of the new tree coming in December...

Crazymike1965
11-08-2014, 10:30 PM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb8.jpg

I am such an idiot. I did not tape up the tree box and it broke apart coming up the stairs which made for a lot of fun trying to pull 150 pounds up the stairs.

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb9.jpg

getting the stand and power cables ready

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/1.jpg

Getting ready to start on the tree

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/2.jpg

Bella looking concerned


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/3.jpg

The first piece of the tree is up

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/4.jpg

I have to work tonight on some servers at work so I am going to get
the purple tree set up. Lots of pics coming later on...

ornamentmaven
11-09-2014, 04:40 AM
Have fun decorating Mike

Crazymike1965
11-09-2014, 08:23 PM
The purple tree is done

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb10.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb11.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb12.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb13.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb14.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb15.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb16.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb17.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb14.jpg

The pictures are dark as the lighting was not good at the time. I will post some better ones in the coming days.
Back to working on the big tree.

steph535
11-10-2014, 03:02 AM
Very pretty, Mike

ornamentmaven
11-10-2014, 09:05 AM
Beautiful Mike - my favorite tree!

*Snowflake*
11-10-2014, 01:38 PM
beautiful, it's really full:christmastree:

ChantelleJoy
11-10-2014, 02:36 PM
OH IT'S REALLY CHRISTMAS NOW!!! yayayaya!

Crazymike1965
11-10-2014, 11:57 PM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas20141.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas20142.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas20143.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas20144.jpg

Papa_Christmas
11-11-2014, 01:14 PM
Looking good Mike:elf3:

ornamentmaven
11-11-2014, 02:50 PM
Beautiful photos Mike - what is your dog's name again? Such a cutie!

Crazymike1965
11-12-2014, 01:59 PM
My dog's name is Bella ornamentmaven and she is all excited with all activity going on in the house. Well I am 15 hours into the setup of the tree and not one ornament has been put onto the tree. How often do you hear someone say that about decorating a Christmas tree. My wife says that I should be locked up in a white jacket and the key thrown away Lol. It is looking at now that the tree should be done by Friday. I have taken more time with the set up of the motors and have some LED lights in the tree for the first time. I must have changed over 120 dead bulbs this year which was a lot of work. Some years I get off easy with the bulbs but not this year. Well off to the decorating. I will post some pics in 12 hours :)

ornamentmaven
11-12-2014, 03:41 PM
wow - I think if I worked on my tree for 15 hours and it wasn't totally done, I'd jump off a bridge!!!

Crazymike1965
11-13-2014, 04:45 AM
Yes I must admit it is a very daunting task to set that tree up and it becomes more detailed every year. When I look at bin upon bin of decorations I break out with a cold sweat lol

Some pictures of the lights being added to the tree

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas20145.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas20146.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas20147.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas20148.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas20149.jpg

Crazymike1965
11-13-2014, 04:47 AM
The ornaments appear

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201410.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201411.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201412.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201413.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201414.jpg

Merry Christmas Darling
11-13-2014, 07:08 AM
Wow! I think I need a nap! I could never do that at my age.

http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/DiademRose/Humor/GrannyIreneRyan.jpg (http://s774.photobucket.com/user/DiademRose/media/Humor/GrannyIreneRyan.jpg.html)

ornamentmaven
11-13-2014, 01:39 PM
Mike- what is your estimate of the number of lights and ornaments?

Papa_Christmas
11-13-2014, 09:38 PM
Man I love my pre-lit trees,Yes I wish they had more lights but not enough to go through all that work.You are the man my friend.:elf3:

ChantelleJoy
11-13-2014, 10:02 PM
theres something to be said for a christmas tree covered in JUST lights - that being said - I LOVE the process pics Mike - keep them coming - I can't wait to see it all together again!

(edited to add)
HEY this was my 1000th post! :merrychristmas:

steph535
11-14-2014, 02:07 AM
theres something to be said for a christmas tree covered in JUST lights - that being said - I LOVE the process pics Mike - keep them coming - I can't wait to see it all together again!

(edited to add)
HEY this was my 1000th post! :merrychristmas:

Congrats on your thousandth post, Chantelle!

Crazymike1965
11-14-2014, 02:17 AM
Ornamentmaven there are about 4500 lights this year which is less than the last 2 years of the tree and I have added another 100 ornaments this year. I am not sure what my total amount of ornaments there are.

MinnesotaMike
11-14-2014, 02:56 AM
I might be in Toronto in the 1st part of December. Maybe I'll come see that massive tree in person!!

Crazymike1965
11-14-2014, 03:05 AM
Let me know Mike when you are going to be in Toronto. I am about 45 minutes away :)

MinnesotaMike
11-14-2014, 03:08 AM
Will do...I have to go up there for work. I have clients up there. I've never been there before!!!

Crazymike1965
11-14-2014, 03:12 AM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201414.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201415.jpg

New ornaments for 2014

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201416.jpg

6 hours into the ornaments

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201417.jpg


unpacking the birds


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201418.jpg

6 hours later...

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201419.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201420.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201421.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201422.jpg

Crazymike1965
11-14-2014, 03:13 AM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201423.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201424.jpg


Down to the last ornaments

MinnesotaMike
11-14-2014, 03:20 AM
...the home stretch!! It looks SO elegant and grand!

ornamentmaven
11-14-2014, 03:39 AM
Glorious! You must be exhausted

Papa_Christmas
11-14-2014, 01:28 PM
Looking awesome Mike:elf3:

ChantelleJoy
11-14-2014, 02:13 PM
Will do...I have to go up there for work. I have clients up there. I've never been there before!!!

Mike! I live right downtown Toronto! Definitly let me know if you're in town you can meet the family! I LOVE meeting people from the forum - I've met CrazyMike since he lives so close by - and one day when I make it to England I'm going to meet tinkerbell!

ChantelleJoy
11-14-2014, 02:17 PM
Also - AMAZING photos - beautiful tree - as always!

My second favourite Giant Christmas Tree (after Rockefeller Plaza of course!)

Papa_Christmas
11-14-2014, 07:57 PM
Mike! I live right downtown Toronto! Definitly let me know if you're in town you can meet the family! I LOVE meeting people from the forum - I've met CrazyMike since he lives so close by - and one day when I make it to England I'm going to meet tinkerbell!

Chantelle you need to pick up Crazy Mike and a few others along the way and make a Texas road trip.:elf3:

Crazymike1965
11-16-2014, 11:24 PM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201425.jpg

Bella keeping an eye on the decorating

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201426.jpg

My burned out bulbs that I had to change this year

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201427.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201428.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201429.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201430.jpg

The tree is almost done

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201431.jpg

My newest tree :)

Merry Christmas Darling
11-17-2014, 02:33 AM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201428.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201429.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201430.jpg

The tree is almost done




GORGEOUS! Now come do mine. J/K

Merry Christmas Darling
11-17-2014, 02:37 AM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201425.jpg

Bella keeping an eye on the decorating

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201431.jpg

My newest tree :)

:elf1: LOL!

Papa_Christmas
11-17-2014, 03:08 PM
Looks great Mike,and love the new tree ,to funny.
Have you ever counted how many times you go up and down the ladder with this tree.:elf1:

snowbell1
11-17-2014, 03:11 PM
It's very beautiful Mike and so is Bella.:elf3:

*Snowflake*
11-17-2014, 05:53 PM
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G :christmastree:

MinnesotaMike
11-18-2014, 03:31 PM
Mike! I live right downtown Toronto! Definitly let me know if you're in town you can meet the family! I LOVE meeting people from the forum - I've met CrazyMike since he lives so close by - and one day when I make it to England I'm going to meet tinkerbell!

Will do! That would be really nice! :)

tinkerbell2
11-18-2014, 08:28 PM
Will do! That would be really nice! :)

Definitely...if ever, anyone is across the pond my way........I'll be waiting...:elf1:

tinkerbell2
11-18-2014, 08:36 PM
Absolutely stunning, there isn't enough words to convey how beautiful it is...:elf1:

steph535
11-19-2014, 12:20 AM
That tree is dazzlingly gorgeous

Crazymike1965
11-19-2014, 02:35 AM
Looks great Mike,and love the new tree ,to funny.
Have you ever counted how many times you go up and down the ladder with this tree.:elf1:

hundreds of times would be my guess lol My feet are very sore this week Papa:)

Crazymike1965
11-19-2014, 02:38 AM
Thanks for the kind comments everyone :) Lots more decoration pics coming...

Crazymike1965
11-21-2014, 03:00 PM
Hi folks I hope you are all well. I got some of the outdoor decorating done before we got hit with about 8 inches of localized snow out here where I live. Hopefully I will get the rest of the decorations outside completed in the next week or so. I am hoping to finally get the big tree finished today and tomorrow I will start on 2 other trees.

Crazymike1965
11-23-2014, 02:32 AM
I uploaded a short video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCWoDFKEcmA

ornamentmaven
11-23-2014, 05:32 AM
Stunning

Crazymike1965
11-23-2014, 06:10 AM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201432.jpg

A view from the top

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201433.jpg

steph535
11-23-2014, 07:17 AM
Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

ornamentmaven
11-23-2014, 04:41 PM
I just love the way that tree sparkles!

ChantelleJoy
11-24-2014, 06:00 PM
I uploaded a short video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCWoDFKEcmA

Amazing! Mike, do you mind if i post this video to the ATC Facebook Page?

Crazymike1965
11-24-2014, 08:11 PM
No problem Chantelle :) I will make a longer video once everything is up.

JollyElfDC
11-25-2014, 12:27 AM
I look forward to seeing this every year Mike!

Papa_Christmas
11-25-2014, 12:05 PM
:elf3::elf3::elf3:

Mistletoe
11-26-2014, 03:54 AM
...a tree covered in snow and ice...

Crazymike1965
11-28-2014, 06:38 PM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201436.jpg



http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201437.jpg

Took some pictures with my phone of the tree and I almost think that the phone does a better job than the camera lol
The tree and all the lights get switched on for the first time starting tonight :)

steph535
11-28-2014, 09:00 PM
Awesome!

Crazymike1965
11-29-2014, 01:53 AM
the lights are on :)

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201438.JPG


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201439.JPG



http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201440.JPG




http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmas201441.JPG

ornamentmaven
11-29-2014, 02:05 AM
Stupendous!

tinkerbell2
11-30-2014, 09:44 PM
Magnificent as always...:elf3:

Crazymike1965
12-02-2014, 07:26 PM
Thanks Tink :)

Some behind the scenes pictures

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/1c.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/2c.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/3c.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/4c.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/5c.jpg

Crazymike1965
12-02-2014, 07:26 PM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/6c.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/7c.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/8c.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/9c.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/10c.jpg

Crazymike1965
12-02-2014, 07:27 PM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/11c.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/12c.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/13c.jpg
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/14c.jpg

Merry Christmas Darling
12-03-2014, 02:27 AM
That all looks like work. :christmastree: :treedance: The result is beautiful. Come on-a my house, Mike!


http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/DiademRose/Christmas%20Dividers/ClipArtDivider_zpsdbac2860.gif (http://s774.photobucket.com/user/DiademRose/media/Christmas%20Dividers/ClipArtDivider_zpsdbac2860.gif.html)

steph535
12-03-2014, 02:56 AM
That all looks like work. :christmastree: :treedance: The result is beautiful. Come on-a my house, Mike!


http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/DiademRose/Christmas%20Dividers/ClipArtDivider_zpsdbac2860.gif (http://s774.photobucket.com/user/DiademRose/media/Christmas%20Dividers/ClipArtDivider_zpsdbac2860.gif.html)

Come on-a my house, my house-a come on and I'm gonna give you candy. :singing: is that how it goes?

Merry Christmas Darling
12-03-2014, 04:46 AM
Come on-a my house, my house-a come on and I'm gonna give you candy. :singing: is that how it goes?

LOL! I don't remember.

ornamentmaven
12-03-2014, 07:59 PM
Thanks for all your hard work!

Mistletoe
12-04-2014, 03:11 AM
I can't get over just the lights alone- so many!

It looks lovely.

Papa_Christmas
12-04-2014, 06:55 PM
Mike ,The trees and the outside decor are absolutely gorgeous,another outstanding job this year my friend.

Crazymike1965
12-05-2014, 04:15 AM
Thanks Papa :) Still have a few more trees to go including a new one.

Crazymike1965
12-05-2014, 04:26 AM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/15c.jpg

Merry Christmas Darling
12-05-2014, 04:31 AM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/15c.jpg

I'm getting more jealous with every photo, Mike!

Crazymike1965
12-05-2014, 04:41 AM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/16c.jpg

steph535
12-05-2014, 04:47 AM
Really looking forward to seeing the rest of your trees, Mike. You do such an awesome job!

Crazymike1965
12-05-2014, 06:00 AM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/17c.jpg

Crazymike1965
12-06-2014, 02:54 AM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/18c.jpg

Purple tree


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/19c.jpg

Bella checking on the lights

ornamentmaven
12-06-2014, 08:46 PM
The purple tree and Bella are both beautiful!

Crazymike1965
12-07-2014, 04:26 AM
Thanks Ornamentmaven :)

I would like to introduce my newest tree. It is a fraser fur and is a real tree. It is my first attempt and the lights were not even plugged in but of all the trees in my house it is the one that has the gifts underneath its branches :)

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/20c.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/21c.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/22c.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/23c.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/24c.jpg

Merry Christmas Darling
12-07-2014, 04:37 AM
Thanks Ornamentmaven :)

I would like to introduce my newest tree. It is a fraser fur and is a real tree. It is my first attempt and the lights were not even plugged in but of all the trees in my house it is the one that has the gifts underneath its branches :)


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/22c.jpg



Is that white thing a tree branch or an antler? The tree is beautiful and when I saw the picture of it it in your car, I thought, "This is where the gifts will go." I hope you can keep it green till Christmas.

Crazymike1965
12-07-2014, 04:50 AM
Is that white thing a tree branch or an antler? The tree is beautiful and when I saw the picture of it it in your car, I thought, "This is where the gifts will go." I hope you can keep it green till Christmas.

Somewhere out there, there is a poor reindeer missing an antler and do not worry I will keep the tree green until January. I have had a lot of them over the years prior to being on the forum :)

ornamentmaven
12-07-2014, 12:51 PM
Lovely - very traditional. There is nothing like a real tree. Love the smell.

Crazymike1965
12-08-2014, 12:03 AM
Fish eye shots
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb24.JPG

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb26.JPG

Merry Christmas Darling
12-08-2014, 02:37 AM
Somewhere out there, there is a poor reindeer missing an antler and do not worry I will keep the tree green until January. I have had a lot of them over the years prior to being on the forum :)

Awesome! I have to ask, how many trees do you have now?

Crazymike1965
12-08-2014, 03:10 AM
5 trees are up currently and I had plans for 3 more but I think that I will stop at 5 for this year.

Merry Christmas Darling
12-08-2014, 06:06 AM
5 trees are up currently and I had plans for 3 more but I think that I will stop at 5 for this year.

Five is a good number. I have four sort of small ones, but I leave one up year round because I ran out of storage space.

Crazymike1965
12-10-2014, 02:17 AM
I have hurt myself yet again lol so I am going to stop at 5. I am trying to do some decorating in the kitchen as we have our Christmas party this weekend this coming Saturday...

Merry Christmas Darling
12-10-2014, 03:48 AM
Oh, I'm sorry. I hope you recover quickly.

Crazymike1965
12-10-2014, 04:31 AM
I am accident prone and more so as I get older :)

Merry Christmas Darling
12-10-2014, 08:31 AM
I am accident prone and more so as I get older :)

Arrrgh...my husband was, too!

ornamentmaven
12-10-2014, 03:02 PM
Relax a bit Mike. I am sure your house is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy your party on Saturday (I have 4 trees up myself - the main tree, two 4 foot white trees and a small 2 foot tree)

Crazymike1965
12-14-2014, 12:44 AM
Having my Christmas party tonight and I still do not have all the decorating done lol

steph535
12-14-2014, 01:25 AM
Have a great time at your party tonight, Mike. I'll bet your guests would never suspect if you don't have all your decorating done. They will be amazed with all you have done.

*Snowflake*
12-14-2014, 05:11 PM
love those last photos, it looks magical :christmastree:

Crazymike1965
12-18-2014, 10:24 PM
Hi Folks,

Sorry for not posting any pictures in several days. I am still decorating and finding rare decorations


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/25c.jpg

very unusual little bird

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/26c.jpg

I should have bought 2 of these peacock ornaments

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/27c.jpg

A snow covered LED tree that I picked up

Merry Christmas Darling
12-18-2014, 11:22 PM
Hi Folks,

Sorry for not posting any pictures in several days. I am still decorating and finding rare decorations


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/25c.jpg

very unusual little bird

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/26c.jpg

I should have bought 2 of these peacock ornaments

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/27c.jpg

A snow covered LED tree that I picked up

Very pretty. My mother told me on the phone that she bought a tree like that, Mike. The first ornament reminds me of my sweet birds that died. My granddaughter had a peacock-themed wedding; I expected her to decorate her tree with peacocks, but she and her husband want it all red and white. I'll bet that's what he had growing up.

Crazymike1965
12-21-2014, 09:09 PM
Christmas is almost here and I am on vacation now until Dec 29th. It is the first time in 20 years that I have been on vacation before Christmas :)

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/28c.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/29c.jpg

Merry Christmas Darling
12-22-2014, 06:17 AM
Christmas is almost here and I am on vacation now until Dec 29th. It is the first time in 20 years that I have been on vacation before Christmas :)

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/28c.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/29c.jpg

Happy vacation! Will you stay at home or go away?

ornamentmaven
12-22-2014, 12:42 PM
Love that peacock ornament. Enjoy your vacation Mike!

Crazymike1965
12-23-2014, 01:32 AM
Thanks ornamentmaven :) I am looking forward to enjoying next few days leading up until Christmas. I also do all the cooking so I am planning what we will be eating on Christmas day.

Crazymike1965
12-23-2014, 06:48 AM
I cannot believe that it is 2 days until Christmas day. I am trying my best to stop the clock :home:

snowbell1
12-23-2014, 07:30 PM
it's so beautiful Mike,hard to believe christmas eve is upon us already.:santa1:6628

Mistletoe
12-24-2014, 03:23 AM
Fish eye shots
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb24.JPG

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/xmasb26.JPG

Just beautiful. Your Christmas party must have been a success. :santa:

And I'm with you on trying to stop the clock!

Crazymike1965
12-24-2014, 06:49 PM
The cooking has begun. I am trying to get as much done today. I had some major light issues with the big tree last night and after 2 hours I was able to fix the problem :)

Crazymike1965
12-25-2014, 04:16 AM
I would like to wish everyone out there and all of you lurkers ( I know that there a lot of you :) ) a very merry Christmas and all the very best in 2015. My wife Jeannette and I have a very quiet Christmas together. I try to cook up all the traditional Christmas Canadian and British foods. My wife was born and raised in London so I try my best to keep her traditions. I tried to get my father to come over for dinner on Christmas day but he once again declined. It makes me sad but I hope that he will one day be here for Christmas.

Crazymike1965
12-26-2014, 02:25 AM
more trees

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/30c.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/31c.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/32c.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/33c.jpg

http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/34c.jpg

Crazymike1965
12-26-2014, 02:27 AM
http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/35c.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/36c.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/37c.jpg


http://www.mikestruys.com/images/Mike/38c.jpg

ornamentmaven
12-26-2014, 04:11 PM
Love your red and gold tree!

Crazymike1965
12-26-2014, 04:12 PM
Happy vacation! Will you stay at home or go away?

I am at home right through the holiday season :)

Crazymike1965
12-31-2014, 10:18 PM
A very happy New Year to everyone out there !!!

ornamentmaven
01-01-2015, 05:46 PM
Happy New Year Mike

Crazymike1965
01-01-2015, 09:21 PM
II cannot believe that it is 2015.

olga
01-01-2015, 09:55 PM
Happy New Year, friend, amazing indeed, we're in 2015..

Crazymike1965
01-04-2015, 11:15 AM
I went over to a local store that I buy most of my Christmas decorations from yesterday and much to my surprise they still had a lot of decorations. I bought quite a few items and are thinking about going back again today.

Papa_Christmas
01-04-2015, 03:50 PM
Thank you my friend for sharing your wonderful Christmas with everyone here.
A happy healthy and prosperous New Year to you and your family.

Crazymike1965
01-04-2015, 09:43 PM
Thank you my friend for sharing your wonderful Christmas with everyone here.
A happy healthy and prosperous New Year to you and your family.

A very happy New Year to you and yours Papa :) I am going back tomorrow to get more decorations as my wife will be back at work lol

Crazymike1965
01-07-2015, 04:00 AM
Well it may be January 6th but almost all of my decorations are still up and the lights are on. I took the real tree down last week and I will start taking some of the other trees down this weekend. The big tree will start to be packed up on the 18th. went back to that store yesterday and picked up more decorations. I will post some pics tomorrow :)

Crazymike1965
01-15-2015, 07:44 PM
Sorry that I have been unable to post pictures. My laptop that has my FTP software on it blew up so am working to get the software installed my other Laptop :)

Crazymike1965
01-18-2015, 02:02 AM
Well I am taking down the big tree for another year. I have removed all of the ornaments so I should be done taking the tree down tomorrow.

Crazymike1965
01-25-2015, 05:45 AM
Still having issues uploading photos from this new laptop. All the trees have been packed up for another year now..........................11 months until Christmas eve :)

Eric Brown
09-24-2015, 11:53 AM
Excited to see your Christmas decoration this year...

Crazymike1965
10-07-2015, 02:30 AM
Excited to see your Christmas decoration this year...

Very soon Eric