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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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  1. Your Attention Please!

    1. Announcements From Evil Management

      Check here for the latest announcements from management (at least they think it's important .).

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    2. Christmas Expo

      Our regular gathering of decorating fanatics.

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    3. Christmas Groups by State / Country

      Want to talk about happenings in your state? Here's a place to focus!

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    4. Community Wide Announcements From You!

      Have something you think EVERYONE in the PlanetChristmas community needs to know about. Post it here.

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    5. Videos of Christmas   (6,873 visits to this link)

      You can use the "Videos" link at the top of this page to share videos.

  2. The Decorating Forums!

    1. Blow Molds

      Love blow molds? Use this forum to talk about anything blow mold related.

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    2. Inflatables/Airblowns/Balloons

      Dreaming of a 25 foot tall reindeer on your roof this Christmas? Can't figure out how to keep him from blowing away? Wondering where to find anything 25 feet tall? Come join us!

      9,690
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    3. Lights

      This is place to find out about various forms of lights available for your display!

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    4. Indoor Christmas

      Christmas is so much more than just outdoor decorations. Join in the indoor fun, too!

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    5. 73,316
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    6. Security. Keeping Your Display Safe.

      You have a lot of time, effort and money invested in your over-the-top Christmas display. Here's a place to discuss the best methods for keepit it and your viewers out of trouble.

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    7. Music of Christmas

      What's your favorite Christmas music?

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    8. Faith based Christmas Displays

      Here's the place to talk about your faith and how to show it in Christmas displays.

      2,601
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    9. Newbies!

      New to the PlanetChristmas community? Feel like you're over your head? Use this forum to talk with others that can get you grounded.

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    10. Recipes for Christmas Cooking

      For it is written we shall gain five pounds during the holidays... and love every bit of it! Share your favorite recipes here.

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  3. Christmas Shows (computerized)

    1. Computerized Displays

      Using a computer to really make your display special? We're here to help!

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    2. DIY Direct Control of Hardware

      Think you can build your own stuff to computer control the lights? Know the difference between a triac and an SCR?

      3,391
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    3. Synchronizing Light Shows

      Ready to start flashing those lights just the way you want? Here's a generic place to talk about how to do it.

      7,709
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    4. Light-O-Rama World

      You can't hardly go wrong with a company that's been around for so long in the show control world. Here's where we focus anything Light-O-Rama related.

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    5. xLights/Nutcracker World

      Into pixel programming? xLight/Nutcracker is designed by decorating enthusiasts for decorating enthusiasts. Br careful, though. Pixel decorating can get complicated in a hurry but can be worth the effort.

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    6. Buy/Sell/Trade Light Shows - Light O Rama

      Looking to buy-sell-trade a Light O Rama product light show? Try posting something here. Pirated sequences or musical performances are not allowed.

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      posts
    7. Buy/Sell/Trade Light Shows - D-Light

      Looking to buy-sell-trade a D-Light product light show? Try posting something here. Pirated sequences or musical performances are not allowed.

      126
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    8. Buy/Sell/Trade Light Shows - Animated Lighting

      Looking to buy-sell-trade an Animated Light product light show? Try posting something here. Pirated sequences or musical performances are not allowed.

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      posts
  4. Think Tank

    1. What is the Christmas Experience?

      How do you define the Christmas experience?

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  5. Not Quite Christmas Decorating

    1. Announcements

      Got something you want to annouce to the world?

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    2. Being Thankful

      It's easy to lose perspective in this chaotic world. Here's a place to ground yourself.

      1,290
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    3. Christmas Memories...

      Here's the place to share that special Christmas memory with the rest of the PlanetChristmas community!

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    4. Halloween Control

      Lights, sound and props need to be controlled in a Halloween display just like in a Christmas display. We think of Halloween as a warmup for the really big show in December.

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    5. Dasher's Diner

      Pull up a chair, order a greasy hamburger and use this forum to talk about almost anything. Just remember our three fundamental rules: be positive, family friendly and Christmas centric.

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    6. Forums Tips and Tricks

      The Forums of PlanetChristmas have about a bazillion features to take advantage of while visiting. Found a good one others need to know about.? Share it here!

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    7. Heads Up!

      Got some time sensitive info you want to share with others? This is the place. Post those special sales or anything else appropriate. When the sale expires, please PM 'moderator' and ask for your thread to be deleted.

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    8. How in the world do you...

      Confused by our chatroom? Don't feel alone. Post a question here and check back later.

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    9. If I Were In Charge of New Products

      Got a great idea for a new Christmas based product? Share it here.

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    10. Neighbor Relations

      Big display? Irritated neighbors? Share your good neighbor ideas here!

      3,651
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    11. PlanetChristmas Ideas

      We're always looking for ideas to make PlanetChristmas better. Share yours right here.

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    12. Toot Your Horn!

      Got something you're really proud of? Tell us all about it right here.

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    13. Wanted!

      Need something? Try posting a request here.

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    14. Words of Wisdom

      Having a bad day? Down in the dumps? Need a little motivation? We've all been there. Here's the place to deposit those pearls of wisdom that can help others.

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    15. Best Practices

      Ever heard the line "Been there. Done that." ? Learn from the people that have already made the mistakes. Follow the best practices and save yourself some grief.

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    16. Business Opportunities

      Know of an opportunity for some Christmas decorating business?

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    17. Way Off Topic!

      Want to talk about something that doesn't quite fit any of our other categories? Remember to keep things positive and family-friendly.

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