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That House In Milford

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Happy Christmas in July!

Posted on 19 July, 2011 at 16:01

Well the thermometer says it's 90 degrees outside.  Friday it's going to be in the 90s with a heat index of over 100 degrees and I'm thinking Christmas.  Just this past weekend I starting building a Santa Mail bin.  This year will mark the first time that any children who want to write to Santa Claus may drop their letter in the Santa Mailbox (no postage necessary as it's a magical mailbox!) and as long as there is a return address, Santa will make a concerted effort to return a letter to each child that dropped a letter in the bin!    This is a picture of the actual mailbox.  Still needs to have the curved top as well as a paint job.  Other than that, I'm 75% done.

The Lights Are On!!!!

Posted on 27 November, 2010 at 7:33

Well, I can't believe it's another year.  Without the help and support of my wonderful wife, I don't believe I would have been able to complete this display.  The lights went on with just a couple minor problems that can be fixed today.  Stop by and see the biggest little display in Milford!  Also, we do this each year to raise money for the Connecticut Food Bank so if you enjoy our display, consider making a tax deductible donation today.  You can visit our Virtual Food Drive by clicking on the Virtual Food Drive link.

From our family to your's, Ann and I would like to wish all of you a belated Happy Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Christopher and Ann Donnells

Now I have to get to work and think about what to do next year!

Display Is Finished (For the Most Part)

Posted on 21 November, 2010 at 16:25

Without the help of my wife, Ann, I don't think that I would have been able to get done what we got done today!  The display is up and of course I'll probably add a few more things to it before next week!  Had a couple setbacks but the electrical is hooked up and we are ready to go.  As long as it doesn't rain on Friday we will light up on Friday.  If it rains Friday, we will light up on Saturday (so that the kids can visit Santa).

Also, we do this display to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank.  You can make a donation by visiting our Virtual Food Drive, make a donation in person (we will have a bin setup this year) or you can send a check made payable to the Connecticut Food Bank to our address, 75 Meadows End Road, Milford, CT 06460.

Again, thank you!

We wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Christopher and Ann Donnells

Virtual Food Drive

Posted on 3 November, 2010 at 11:16

I wanted to let you all know some changes to the Virtual Food Drive.  We are still sponsoring the Virtual Food Drive to help raise money for the Connecticut Food Bank again this year.  So far we have raised just about $6,100 over the last 3 years to help fight hunger in Connecticut.  Many have written to me though saying that while they'd like to give it was tough because the only choices were to purchase food (let's say a case of green beans for $8.00) or to make a contribution of $20.00 or $50.00.  Well, I understand and I thank you all for wanting to help.  So this year we've made changes to the Virtual Food Drive.  You can now make a tax deductible contribution of $5.00, $10.00, $20.00 or $50.00 or any combination of those.  This way those that wanted to, or want to participate, but only wish to give $5.00, can still participate!


In speaking for the CT Food Bank, thank you for your continued support!


In the meantime, we are slowly rolling along.  The siding lights are up, the arches go up this weekend and hopefully I'll get the three mega trees up this weekend as well. 


Have to keep on schedule!


Merry Christmas!


Chris & Ann

Roof Is Done!

Posted on 11 October, 2010 at 9:33

Friday was a beautiful day outside.  Most people would take a vacation day from work to enjoy the leaves, the beautiful day and the like.  Me, I put 10,000 lights on the roof.  Couldn't have asked for a better day to get this done!  Only took me about 6 hours to complete it and my legs were killing me afterwards!



It's That Time of Year Again!

Posted on 30 September, 2010 at 13:23

Believe it or not, tomorrow is the first day of October and it is that time of year again whereby I will start to put the lights back up on the house.  Most likely we will begin around the 15th of October to do the roof.  Then right after Halloween, we'll work as hard as possible to get everything else up before the big day!  We are looking forward to having just as many lights as if not more than the Milford Green.  Last year the Milford Green adorned 50,000 lights.  We would like to be at that number or beat it! 


Of course, if anyone wants to help, let me know!


Also, we will be raising money again for the Connecticut Food Bank.  I would really like to see our total donations go to $10,000 therefore, I am hoping that we will be able to raise around $3,900 this year for the CT Food Bank.  New things have also changed for the Virtual Food Drive.  Now you can make a donation of as little as $5.00 all the way to $50.00 as well as choose the food you'd like to purchase for the CT Food Bank.  I wanted to make sure that those who wanted to give but maybe couldn't afford to give $20.00 last year, still has a chance to participate!


Also, new for this year is a 10 Foot tall Toy Soldier I built out of a 55 Gallon plastic drum.  I haven't  posted pictures of it here so that you'll all be surprised.  Also, we will have a donation bin at the front door this year if you wish to stop by and donate change or cash.  It will be emptied each night.


And lastly, if I can get around to making it, I am hoping to have a Santa Mail Bin.  Basically, kids can mail their letters to Santa and Santa will reply!


Again, keep on the look out for me on the roof and in the yard!!!


Merry Christmas!


Chris and Ann Donnells

That House In Milford Supports Mother Theresa

Posted on 22 August, 2010 at 9:10

On August 26th, Mother Theresa would have been 100 years old.  It is her 100th birthday.  When the Empire State Building was asked to light their building in blue and white (the colors of Mother Theresa's order) the request was denied.  And it was denied over and over again although they have lit up the building for Cardinal O'Connor, Pope John Paul II as well as Mao Tse Tung.  Mother Theresa was and still remains one of the most charitable, giving and compassionate people of our time.  It doesn't matter what religion you believe in to know that she would have helped anyone in need and therefore it is only fitting to remember her as well as remember the work that she accomplished in her lifetime.

Well, we have decided to honor Mother Theresa here as well.  In honor of her 100th birthday, you will notice a "100" in blue and white lights on the roof.  It will be lit from Sunday, August 22nd to Saturday, August 29th.  It will go on at 7:00 p.m and will be turned of at 9:30 p.m. each night.

I will post a couple pictures when after I turn it on for those who cannot stop by to see it.  

For more information about Mother Theresa, here is a link to a website about her work and life:

Thank you!

Chris and Ann Donnells

Christmas In July!

Posted on 22 July, 2010 at 9:12

Believe it or not, this weekend will be 5 months until Christmas.  It is also, more importantly the time I usually start working on the Christmas display.  Not too much will be changing over the course of this year.  Lights will be added to the fence.  Additional arches are going to be added to the walkway and many more lights are going to be strung on the trees.  Hopefully this year we'll reach 50,001.  Just one more light than the Milford green.  I've built a donation bin so those who don't want to donate on line can donate in person.  We've also added an additional gingerbread animation to the display this year as well!


Also, as you know, I do this display not only because I love Christmas, but to raise money for the Connecticut Food Bank.  Our Virtual Food Drive is open all year long and if you'd like to make a donation feel free to do so.  The Food Banks are running in short supply this year and anything you can do would be greatly appreciated.


So if you see me out in the driveway soon wrapped in Christmas lights, you know it's not too far off from me being up on the roof!


Merry Chrismas (in July)!


Chris and Ann

Thank You!

Posted on 4 January, 2010 at 13:23

I would like to say thank you to all of you that supported us and donated to the CT Food Drive.  With help from people like yourselves, we were able to raise in excess of $1,600.  Not to mention that with the help of the wonderful people at Santa Fuel, we had a matching donation amount of $272.00.  Thank you Santa Energy for your continued support!


I'd also like to say thank you to the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund for their generous contribution of the 25,000 LED lights.  The energy bill from the addition of these lights was cut about 50% over last year's bill.  What a savings!


And of course, my neighbors.  I thank everyone for putting up with us through the Christmas season.  I am glad that you, your family and friends have all enjoyed the light display.


For now the front yard is bare (as it took much less time to tear down the front yard) and by the end of the month it will all be a distant memory.  As of today, it's only 356 days until the first Christmas of the new decade.  And believe it or not, it's less than 10 months until I put it all up again!


Thank you for your continued support! Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas!


Chris and Ann Donnells

Merry Christmas!

Posted on 10 December, 2009 at 12:37

I realized I haven't posted anything in a while.  The lights went on the day after Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately not without a hitch.  We had so much rain that it shorted out most of the display but I was able to fix it in a jiffy and we were back to normal in no time.  The bubble light lasted a day.  For some reason and I can't figure out from where, it sprung a leak.   I need to take it apart and figure out what happened.  It was working just fine.


Other than that, the display is up and running. I want to give a big thanks to the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund for sponsoring us with a donation of 25,000 LED lights!  You will be seeing more of this in the news in the future.


If you haven't done so, I ask that if you can, please make a donation to our food drive.  If you do not feel comfortable making a donation online, you may always mail a check, made payable to the Connecticut Food Bank to my house and I will send it off to the appropriate people at the food bank.


Once again, my wife Ann, myself, and our dog and cat (Peanut and Gorbachev) wish you and your's a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!


Time to start planning 2010!


Merry Christmas!