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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. Arches of Lights

    Everyone loves light tunnels or those little arches that look like water squirting through the yard. Talk about them here.

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  2. Christmas Radio/Music/Videos/etc.

    Have questions about audio or video? This is the place to ask! Questions about picture/video taking, editing audio/video and radio transmitters should be asked here.

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  3. DMX based lighting

    The DMX protocol is used in theatrical lighting environments and has been known to sneak into the Christmas decorating world.

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  4. Electrical Questions

    Don't know which phase your amp is in? How come my electric meter is spinning like a top? What's that burning smell? If you have an electrical question, this is the place to ask. This forum is for advice only. Consult a licensed electrician no matter what you do!.

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  5. Environmentally Green Christmas!

    Christmas doesn't have to be just about the new stuff. Here's the place to talk about "repurposing" the old stuff, saving energy and doing what's right for our environment.

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  6. Mega-Poles

    So you need a really tall pole to act as the center of your megatree or you want the north star at just the right location in your display? Sky hooks aren't available but you can build really tall poles. Talk about them here!

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  7. Mega-Trees

    Want to build a gigantic tree of lights? Talk about it right here!

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  8. Mini-Trees

    Nothing like some little lit trees you can move around in your yard. Start with a tomato cage or florist easel, wrap with lights and you're done. Talk about it here!

    1,659
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  9. Motorized Contraptions

    Want some real movement in your display? Motors can be be an answer. SHare your thoughts here.

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  10. Ornaments

    Love ornaments? Use this forum to talk about anything ornament related.

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  11. Plywood/Coro Cutouts

    Love plywood/coro cutouts? A lot of people do. Use this forum to talk about anything related.

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  12. PVC Built

    It's amazing what can be built with basic PVC pipe available at your home center.!

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  13. Santa. How to be a good one.

    It's one thing to put on a Santa suit. It's another thing to make the character magical so young ones will remember the experience forever. Trade your experiences here!

    321
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  14. Storage. Where do you put all the stuff?

    Storing your display items during the off season is a real challenge. Share your ideas here!

    858
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  15. Trains, Ferris Wheels, Carousels and other movers!

    You would be amazed how many mechanical genuises there are adding real moving pieces to their Christmas displays!

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  16. Water Displays

    Live in a climate where water doesn't freeze during Christmas? Ever thought of adding a water element to your display? Discuss your ideas here.

    616
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  17. Web Sites for Christmas and building them

    Got a website? A lot of people do. Use this forum to talk with others how to setup your website.

    5,277
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  18. Welding

    Think you can bend metal and make your own Christmas display pieces? Chances are you're going to need to do a little welding. You found the place to learn more!

    428
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  19. Wireframes

    Like bending wire? Maybe into a bit of welding? Create some wireframes for your display!

    2,338
    posts
  20. X-10

    Use X-10 technology? A lot of people do. Use this forum to talk about anything X-10 related.

    535
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