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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. coro snowflakes!

    No...they make a version for LEDs (or incans) as well https://www.boscoyostudio.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_31&products_id=58&zenid=pfrgrre6t3v31759e58reaeef2
  3. thanks so much for the wonderful pictures and tips, uptownguy2000. Have a great holiday season
  4. Target Christmas Clearance! ALREADY?

    I gotta get back to Lowes tomorrow. I don't think they even had any blow molds besides mickey mouse. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  5. Like someone said in a previous post, if cost is a factor then you should step back and take a look at the hobby you are about to step into. Myself....I used all LEDS last year (2016) and was impressed enough to invest LEDS for every light in our house, every lamp, every room light, the dryer, the oven, down to the refrigerator. Every light I bought had a guarantee which I took the time do register. Do I sit and pick apart my power bill...nope thats pointless, my bill goes up and down month to month depending on how much I use my welder and plasma arc. Its a bill...pay it, if computerized lights makes you nervous , dont do it . Just go look at everyone else displays.
  6. coro snowflakes!

    At one time they made a set for LEDs. I agree it seems uncertain now. Boscoyo closes for a few weeks on the 20th so I’ll email him today for clarification and report back here.
  7. 2017 Christmas Display

    Thank you! Glad you enjoy it
  8. 2017 Christmas Display

    Really beautiful. Great use of colors. Love it.
  9. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    Yeah agreed. Best I've heard this year- I love your display can I take pictures? This way I can decorate my house just like yours and my wife can stop asking me to drive past your house... LOL
  10. Nah just passionate about our addiction to bright shiny things... Exposing costs to said addiction causes ruffled knickers.. 😂 Don't tell me how much it costs to power it up..i have to hide my reciepts from the wife as it is... pffft..
  11. 2017 Christmas Display

    Biggest year yet, setup began mid October, can check out the website for the display here: https://eurekamochristmaslights.weebly.com/ Enjoy the pics, constructive criticism is always appreciated.
  12. Target Christmas Clearance! ALREADY?

    I was at lowes today and almost all lights are gone except projection lights. I got 2 blowmolds half off. Inflatables left. Things are looking bleak for those clearance sales.
  13. WLND-DAVID.. good article. All this talk about electric.. HUMBUG. Merry Christmas is what I say. Do what you can afford. Alot of my neighbors aren't spending big bucks on displays... my favorite house in my neighbor hood has 1 lighted wreath and candles in the windows and looks classic. Heck put a red ribbon on your doors if the light bill is too much. Zero cost to run. Or get solar lights..lol
  14. coro snowflakes!

    I have all the snowflakes also but I believe there only made for pixels not LEDs check with Boysco studios .
  15. I just tethered the bottom to each corner of our mobile home as I did the top- but it's actually a little easier for me because of how narrow it is. You can't see the black polypropylene cord holding the top at each corner- 4 spread equally; and it's difficult to see the white poly against the white trailer roof- 4 equal distance S well. The only trouble I had was when it was snowing, the too would fall over, causing me to have to knock off the snow with a bamboo pole. I used the pole to upright it as well.
  16. coro snowflakes!

    pjwallen, thanks for bumping this. I may give these a try next year. A few of my Philips rope light snow flakes have failed this year and wrapping new rope light around them is a huge pain. I could see me doing 2 sets, one in cool white and one in blue. Thanks again!
  17. Ever wonder where New York and New Jersey get some of their power from? Some of it is generated in Churchill Falls Labrador and sold through Hydro Quebec to the northwestern grid to Con Ed etc. This is probably why your power is cheaper than the western U.S. Our power rate is supposed to double within the next few years to pay for the New Muskrat Falls hydro generating station that is currently being built just 40 miles from where I live. This will then put our rate almost even with yours. Here's the grid map, notice the triple 735,000 volt lines coming from Churchill falls Labrador in the upper right corner just under the legend.
  18. coro snowflakes!

    I love all 8 i iput up at my folks house. I don't have a favorite one
  19. Hey Mwaltz and Q, let Dougg go work so he can feel entitled like the rest of us.. or so he thinks. You know, I thought I read right...this is a Christmas inspired sight, not a bashing sight for others to bully others...
  20. coro snowflakes!

    Any update on how these snowflakes are working out? Do one of the 4 designs look best lit up? Thanks in advance!
  21. I didn't mean that in offense to anyone. I'm sorry if you felt like i was bragging in any way. Its not that it's unlimited but I try to do what I want to get done. Back to the thread topic, I'm with qberg it allows more lights without popping breakers. Very well said, I think that's why we all do it. Christmas really is all about being commercialized and it makes me sick to see how the world is sometimes.
  22. Fast way to add reindeer to the roof

    I will get picture of up, but we have had snow on the roof and waiting for it to be safe to go on to take pics..
  23. GFP Closing

    Let's remain hopeful that they find a buyer! The website is still what it is. That hasn't changed. Maybe they'll find a buyer! Meaning?
  24. No, not for electricity. We do have the option for our natural gas supplier, but I found after I had changed over for a 'better price' from another company, they did not save me anything at all over our regular supplier (Consumers Energy) Last year I just went back to them. I have to admit, however, I do not know if it is a fixed rate or not. Had it not been for this topic I would have never guessed how varied the rates are. Maybe some others will put all the "how much for how many" & "if it makes a difference on their bills" etc. aside and just simply chime in with their rate. Hey Diamond, Here is a couple more cents for you. I don't remember, now, when I found this article, it was a few years ago, but: Believe it or not, there are actually scientists who have studied Christmas lights and what they say about your community. According to David Sloan Wilson, an evolutionary biologist at Binghamton University in New York, the density of holiday decorating in a neighborhood can demonstrate the strength of the community. "It turns out that this urge to decorate your house is an expression of neighborliness." Wilson told The Chicago Tribune. "Some of the best neighborhoods literally glow more brightly."
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