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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.

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  2. Menard's blowmolds 2017

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  3. Why do you think its going to piss them off? Do they hate Christmas, do they hate fun? Are your neighbors all GRINCHS?!?! I don't want to be a debbie downer here but...do you think traffic is going to be a problem? Did you have a large display before that drew traffic? If you had one before, traffic will be relatively the same so no worries there. If its your first year traffic will probably be slow. I had the same thoughts my first year "OMG the neighbors are going to hate all the traffic", but since it was a new show traffic was light (and trust me, I was crushed until I came on here and people told me its to be expected). Its my 4th year now, we have 200 FB followers and have been in the local paper a few times. Traffic still is not crazy, but we have at least a handful of cars on the slow nights and my neighbors have not once complained. My advice: do what I did- set it all up and just let it roll, don't need to tell them anything. If you don't make it a big deal, neither will they. My neighbor across the street called me the first night and said he was sitting in his window, tuned a radio to our FM transmitter station, drinking hot chocolate with his kids and having a blast. The surprise of it happening was half the fun for them and now every year they like to see whats new or what new songs I have added. Deal with complaints if they come in, always be friendly to them and try to see their side.. Also like someone said above "cookies", everyone loves cookies. Are you planing to use an FM transmitter or have outside speakers? Outside speakers turned all the way up so your neighbors hear the same songs over and over and over .... that might annoy them. I don't do that so someone who does may have advice for you on that.
  4. What a deal!!!

    Yes they are a LED set up, I did away with all that. The ones that my local Menards are from last year and they are all beat up also, they dont have any new molds except the nativity.
  5. Upgrade to Light O Rama

    John! Nice display! and welcome to the LOR madness.... too large a task is somewhat relative. You can purchase 10 pre-made sequences and the songs- I assume that takes all of 10 minutes lol. Programming them yourself however, is going to depend on the detail you want. It takes me personally several hours (at best) to do just 1 song; I start my programming in February normally and have it finished by August/Sept (5-6 songs), however I think I am pretty detailed and I have 32 channels, not 16. Everything hits on a beat and I make sure the show seems to "flow" with the songs. It also depends on your elements. For example I have a leaping arch, so anytime it "leaps" i make it takes off and lands on a beat, or my spiral tree seems to spin along with the song, etc.. If you just want a simple, turn this on, turn this off at certain times then its a lot easier... I assume like the rest of us here you are gearing up to set everything up outside, then you have family and friend obligations...so time is already limited. My advice, pick a simple song. Transiberian orchestra is always a hit and normally has simple music structure. You should be able to bang out a hit in a few hours time. Even if you only have that at the start you can always add more songs as the season goes on. Long story short: Either buy a few for this year or try 1 simple song, see how it goes. Having 1 that plays every few minutes will still put you above your neighbors static displays. Add more if you have time as we get closer to the start of the season or add them as the season goes on. Good Luck!
  6. Upgrade to Light O Rama

    I have just upgraded from the Mr. Christmas Sounds of Christmas to a Light O Rama 16 Channel. We have added additional lights this year and have exceeded our limit for the Mr. Christmas. I also wanted to be able to do some different things with the lights this year. Our display is 90% LED lights. I just received my Light O Rama last week and I am wondering if I am starting this upgrade to late for the upcoming season? I am hoping to have at least 10 songs programmed for this year. Is this to large of a task for a rookie? This is my setup from last year. This year I have built driveway arches and 5 new smaller trees. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking to stay near the top of our neighborhood contest. Thanks! John
  7. What a deal!!!

    I put a regular light socket in mine as soon as I got them 2 years ago here's picture troy
  8. blow mold soldiers at Lowes

    They look good until you plug them in, LOL.
  9. What a deal!!!

    Hey Shane, aren't those some cheap LED, battary set up? I have seen those at Menards recently, all beat up,and scratches everywhere
  10. What a deal!!!

    They say they use a standard bulb???????????
  11. What a deal!!!

    Put me down for 2 sets....Such a deal..I am sure it's a typo
  12. Not able to have my display

    So sorry Doug. Prayers your way........
  13. What a deal!!!

    LOL! You gotta wonder what they think.......I love the people who do the same thing on ebay, list a blow mold for $15 and $165 shipping.......
  14. Cool White LED 100 Count

    It seems like the average (non-enthusiast type) person doesn't know the difference between cool and warm white. I've seen many instances where someone bought a couple strings of cool white and used them mixed with incandescent clear (probably to replace an old set that died). It really looks terrible! Maybe there are more warm white lights to cater to the people who put up all clear bulb lights. On the other hand it also looks bad to mix warm white (or incandescent clear) lights with some of the LED colors because they really clash. TED
  15. What a deal!!!

    I think this is the best one yet. Check out this great deal on a case of 4 of the big C9 bulb blowmolds: https://www.pricefalls.com/product/general-foam-plastics-006028-light-up-single-bulb-decor/63263962 The case of 4 is 77.97 which is only $19.50 each! How can you go wrong!? The VERY reasonable shipping is ONLY $571.45 which gives you a total of $649.42! That's only $162.36 each! I'm sure they are going to run out of these when we all buy several cases!!! TED
  16. Picked up some Union Hard Plastic Elves

    I agree! As shiny as the paint is they look like they've never been outside at all. That sounds like a great plan especially if you can incorporate the Santa's workshop! Please (find someone to) post pictures (for you) so we can see what you come up with! That's not surprising. If i was wearing orange pants I wouldn't want anyone to find me either!! TED
  17. GFP Closing

    Well, I guess there's no need for me to call then... I could use a few extra candle flames and stuff. I'm with you on that! You can probably make one that costs less and is better quality than the original. They play music? TED
  18. GFP Closing

    You would have to say, "Ho Ho Ho This is a PEPPERMINT stick up!" I'm sorry to hear about that. Any time there's a "reorganization" watch out because bad things frequently follow. Hopefully it will lead to something better for you guys. Maybe (hopefully) something good will come from it. TED
  19. Menard's blowmolds 2017

    Somehow those didn't post right. They look like gibberish. TED
  20. My new additions for Halloween 2017

    Nice! I see from checking their website that Blinky still makes some glow in the dark items but apparently not the skull pail. (Too bad--it's a cool item!) TED
  21. Blowmold Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Lowes

    In most cases that would be normal painting technique. For example if you want to paint a car and put racing stripes on it you would paint the whole thing first and then go back and paint the stripes on top of the "base" color. It simplifies the process and you end up with a better paint job. Of course with blowmolds additional layers of paint tend to block light from coming through. It makes no difference on the hat since it is black (no light will come through anyway) but on the uniform the yellow is going to reduce the light coming through. It is possible that the yellow parts will look dark when the soldier is lit up. TED
  22. Not able to have my display

    I am SO sorry Doug:( I am no religious person by any means, but when one door closes, 1 more always opens. I know the feeling of tough times, but as always, it does get better:) Hang in there and always remever, vent on here , we are here for you!!
  23. New computerised show

    don't make to big a deal over it then they will think of it as a big deal. Just tell them to watch for it the first night.
  24. Suspending Your Santa And Reindeer - Learn How

    I did not realize they rip you off so bad on shipping. I won't be ordering anything from them. Tom
  25. Not able to have my display

    Doug, I hope all is well with you. Sounds like a tough time for you right now. I am coming out of a tough stretch myself. I though it would never improve but here we are. Brad K.
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