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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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slankard

September motivation...ughh!

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slankard    50

I'm setting here trying to get motivated to climb to the top of my 30 foot Sycamore tree and start wrapping lights...but I'm old, and tired, and I never got around to losing the 20 pounds I swore I'd lose last January when I climbed up the tree to take them down.  My plan of winning the recent mega lottery and buying a  bucket or lift truck kind of fell through.  Oh well, at least the weather is nice.  Anyone else having motivation problems?

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Rush0212    45

No problem at all with the motivation, and Ive lost weight before set up season, during set up I usually lose at least 15- 20 lbs.

Just a matter of getting everything done in the next 10 days!!!

But this is the earliest year for me.

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xenon    22

been working last 10 days, most lights up.  having surgrey first week in Dec. so got to get it done

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Big J Illinois    286

Hey Xenon, Way ready, I am motivated, but....a little early yet, grass still needs to be cut yet lolol  Good luck on the surgery!!

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Fsbirdhouse    5

You guys really doing your outside stuff this early?

I can no longer do the outside things I did for years, but I always did those things Thanksgiving day or the day after, and I live in snow country!

Never felt right about it if it was too early to be hearing Christmas music on the radio!

Now it's just indoor decorating, and I love having the blinds open to the big picture window and stringing lights and the 70 odd  hand made glass ice cycles, the glass balls, and old fashioned glass spire tree topper on a live tree. Wife keeps talking about an artificial tree....Nah!

Don't think I'll flock this year's tree, but I could....See Snow! in indoor decorating.

Got to do something about the Lionel electric train dad bought in '53. Wiring needs work.

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Douggg    0

Christmas is all about stores and Wall Street making money.  Reason stores start playing Christmas music in late summer is they see a slight increase in profits when they start playing it.  I personally can't stand shopping at stores playing Christmas music when it's 100 degrees out. 

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mwalz    79

Halloween goes up First weekend in October, and Christmas lights start going up around the same time. In full preparation mode here though. Tested all light strings today and this week I will delegate where they go. Few new props to build still.

 

As soon as November hits it's full force with Christmas!

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slankard    50

I try to get the big trees in the field done in September.  The last week in September I put up what Halloween I've got (about 20 blow molds and a few inflatables) and then it gets really weird as I put up the Christmas greenery and lights on the house in October.  We refer to it as HallowChristWeenMas.  Finally, on the first day of November I start covering the acre with all of the big Christmas decorations.  I'm thinking of designing a yard art sign for this Christmas: "The Acre and a Quarter of Christmas Disorder".

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Rush0212    45

doing bigger displays just take more time, especially the older you get, or the more operations you've had!

it takes me a full 2 months, well this year 9 weeks.

Ive always like slankard said, start with trees, and the house, roof, icicles,things that don't scream Christmas, arch etc. The real things like blow molds etc dont even come out for a while.

Except for Halloween, I do maybe 20 or so blow molds, and lights, but not too much as it gets in the way.

And funny thing I have 2 really big maple trees the UI will be cutting down soon, now I don't have to spend a week hanging Christmas lights, and ornaments, but I also cant hang the ton of %90 off Halloween lights I bought last year!!!

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Douggg    0

It's man caused climate change.  Pretty soon a North American Christmas might be more like an Australian Christmas.   Time to get use to it. 

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3 hours ago, Douggg said:

It's man caused climate change.  Pretty soon a North American Christmas might be more like an Australian Christmas.   Time to get use to it. 

It's always been this hot in the valley.

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Big J Illinois    286

Oh NO, NOT climate change:o.....now that, is a man made word.....'twas ever thus'....check out the meaning sometime...  there are records , back to the 1860's showing warm temperatures on this date...it's not "climate change"....

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Douggg    0

You are mixing up weather with climate change which has been well documented to be caused by man.  You do believe in man caused global dimming, don't you? 

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joyfulheart    1

My biggest frustrataion is that I have things I WANT to do but nobody is selling the things I need yet.  

While I love Fall, and am not trying to rush past that season, some projects take TIME to do and I cannot find what I want anywhere.  And hobby lobby doesn't have what I want...  (Ok, done whining, lol)

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