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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. 5 points
    We made 3 of these and finished them, finallt. Have a few more projects to finish and the installation begins on 10th of Nov. They are 26" round, from 5 ply plywood. Good ol rustoleum paint.
  2. 5 points
    Picked these up and redid them. Will have a total of 14 in the display this year.Before is the bottom pic and the pics show how they look now, also did some customized strips on 4 of the 14. 10 will stay original
  3. 4 points
    I and my father built a pvc train and have lit it up what do you think?
  4. 3 points
    I can't believe I just bought these at a garage sale. I know they're Union, but anyone have an idea of what year?
  5. 3 points
  6. 3 points
    Another angle As far as specifications are concerned it took three rolls of half inch rope lighting. In one spool in each of the colors. We use nearly all of them they were 150 ft rolls. PVC I don't remember I'll have to grab the plans we drew up first in maybe I can shoot a picture of those. At its tallest point its 8ft tall. And 30ft(ish)long All told my dad spent about $800 making this train for his house
  7. 2 points
    Sometimes I often ask myself why I go all out for the decorations, and spend all this time & money on what a lot of people think is a waste of time and money. Yea it's neat to build something that looks cool, but I think we all feel a deeper meaning for it. My display isn't actually at my house it's at my grandmas. Today when I was over there she said every night a little old lady gets wheeled up in a wheelchair to view the display. Right now I have the yard filled with pumpkins and whatnot. Everyday kids come by to view the display and a lot love to take pictures. Last year while putting up Christmas lights a couple and their son came buy and said how great it is to have something in the neighborhood to get families to go do something together. It got me thinking. We put up these displays to give back to the community and do bring joy and happiness to anyone who views the display. Sure we like to see our designs come to life in physical form, but I don't think it's exactly abut us. It's about showing the world what we can create to bring joy to others. We all have our own visions and ways of doing displays. At the end of the day, it all comes back to the same basic principle. I think it's nice to step back and look at it from a different perspective once in a while, it helps me come back to reality a little.
  8. 2 points
    I have been after this piece for over 4 years. Finally got him this week!!! He was even more beautiful in person that the pictures portrayed.Made by Noma and about 26 inches across. I am a happy camper!!!
  9. 2 points
    WOW!! Wish I had a box car full of these!!!SOLD!!!
  10. 2 points
  11. 2 points
    Hello! I recently purchased Creative Displays Inc. and wanted to introduce myself. I am thrilled to be a part of this incredible industry but please take it easy on me as I am new! I am also wanted to let you know that I will still honor the everyday 10% discount provided to Planet Christmas members. Please enter CDIFAN10 at check out! Thank you so much for your business, and I look forward to building this company another 50 years! Angela Primavera Creative Displays Inc. President
  12. 2 points
    We made (2) 50ft cords for our 30 tin soldiers ,that will outline the one side of our property. The total length will be 100ft or so The cord is 16ga. Was thinking of SPT with vampire plugs, but not sold on them, for a 100ft run.
  13. 2 points
    Instead of re-gifting that CD of Lawrence Welk's Polka Classics that your Aunt Mable gave you for your birthday, use it to brighten your Christmas lights. Here's how. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/36498939894/in/[email protected]/
  14. 1 point
    I put a regular light socket in mine as soon as I got them 2 years ago here's picture troy
  15. 1 point
    I found so many really good molds this year. Here is mix of Empire, Bayshore, Tico, Gregg, Blinky and Gen Foam. The large Empire witch came in her original box. I am still on the prowl for the very much in demand Union Scarecrow. My search continues!
  16. 1 point
    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!!
  17. 1 point
    Thank you Scot for bringing this topic back around to where it needed to be. Two houses ago no one really decorated outside in my neighborhood. I was worried about theft, but I got my reindeer 90% off, so felt like I wasn't losing too much if it ever happened. Those reindeer are now 13 years old. Had some wires cut in one place, but figured it was possibly caused by some really messed up squirrel or rabbit who thought it was a psychedelic snake. Last house EVERYONE decorated. Though I was still worried about theft, the children living on that street were annoying. I wasn't even in my 30s yet and I wanted them "off my lawn." One year, one bush netting was unplugged, most likely by someone playing hide and seek back there. Well, since I use LEDs, and plug everything into one, almost everything stayed off until I could fix it. Another year, some kids were brave enough to come to the door to tell me they accidentally unplugged it. Everything had iced over, and since that's extremely rare, they wanted to play on my property, slid, and tried to stop their fall by grabbing onto an extension cord, which would require a ladder to put back. This neighborhood also hired lawn care people, who were all about time and quantity rather than quality. Lost many lights due to their own weed wackers and hedge trimmers. They came every week even though nothing here grows in the winter. Now that I'm at my current home, I have room to do practically anything light related without fear, but we still have animals that may try to defend themselves from a servant that "turned on" them. Last season I received a compliment note in my mailbox about them enjoying my display. I appreciated it so much that I kept it in the same box Ai keep some of my lights. But back to the original issue, before this topic skewd onto some social/political tangent, when I moved to my new home, I was very much aware that it backs up to a "pumpkin patch". It has been there since 1996, so I was very knowledgable about the traffic it brings in. My pretty view is overrun by bright orange plastic fencing nets, and cars that almost reach to my property line, and stays that way until January because they convert to a more calmer "Christmas Tree farm." Now then, if I didn't have a young child, and was also completely ignorant of this event (even though google maps not only labels my neighbors property as the pumpkin patch, but also displays the property during October when they were in full swing) I'd've hoped that my realtor would have mentioned this during one of its many showings The OP's neighbor might've not have had a realtor since they're renting, but already stated that they knew about the massive holiday event that's similar to my pumpkin patch story. My neighborhood was developed before the pumpkin patch idea was concieved, so to the eldery original owners, I do understand any inconveniences they may have, but many are moving out and downsizing while my generation is moving in. Any of us that has a problem with our holiday neighbor probably deserves any inconviences they receive. Some people will park on our street to avoid the crowd control $10 parking, but it's like 2-3 at most. So it's really not that bad. Although last year, I did notice one owner that's near the entrance block the entrance into his driveway by leaving out paint cans. I guess he was annoyed by all the people trying to use it to attempt a u turn. Knowing the way people in my town drive, I would worry more about having someone run over them and leave the contents all over the driveway instead.
  18. 1 point
    moved in my new home this year from Colorado. where I was I was loved. everyone loved the display. this year im nervous I want it to be good but I don't know what kind of response I will get from the new community I have moved to or my new neighbors so we will see but very nervous
  19. 1 point
    I hope when the day comes I pass it on to my kids and the joy continues. but for now I want to build a few new sets and a few new animatronics and a new train
  20. 1 point
    I know that most stores didn't receive any of the blow mold Santa & Sleigh or the individual reindeer, but they are available on Menards.com for shipping to you. Perhaps this is leftover stock from last year or they did get a few and just kept them in their distribution center. Either way they are available. I entered an order for 10 reindeer just to see and it let me go all the way through checkout. For a quantity of 10 shipping was $64 ground. I didn't think that was too bad, but then again I live in Wisconsin, relatively close to them. Shipping for just 1 was $10. So if these are never to be made again and you want to add to your collection, here's a way to get a few more. And cheaper than on eBay. And it's 11% rebate week too!
  21. 1 point
    Very nive. I just finished mine up. Used 1/2 PVC and after I zip tied all the lights on OT helped hold the connectors in. Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
  22. 1 point
    Howdy and welcome to the forums! We have a very active group in the PacNW and meet once a year in May for a big gathering, we call it CLAP. That is in Olympia/Lacey. Then a smaller swap meet in July in Port Ochard. Send me a PM with your email address we can add you to my database and inform you of the meetings. I have been contemplating a "Beginning Lighting Workshop" session for our CLAP meeting, or possibly as a one off on a Saturday afternoon in the later Spring. It would cover items like making your own extension cords and a lot more. I only use SPT2 cord (now) and vampire plugs to create all my AC connections. I still use good quality 14/3 to create my power grid. I have literally miles of the stuff I use. The vampires are easy to use. However it may be easier to just buy socket cord. You can find different spacing from 6-8-12". Mclendon's is a great resource locally, or vendors online. With pre-fabbed socket cord, it still uses SPT1. You just need to know that with SPTx there is 2 (actually 3) types. Typically though SPT1 and SPT2 are what us decorators use. I standardized on SPT2 because it is compatible with the lamp cord extension cords you can find for pennies at time. Then I keep a stock of SPT2 male/female vampires to make custom cords as needed. If you decide to make your own socket cord, be sure you have something like a QuickGrip mini bar clamp. As if you remove the protective pads, you can use the squeeze grip to help you push the backing onto the socket and cord.... Just know you have a lot of resources locally....
  23. 1 point
    It is still available, the last bid was $680.00!!!!!!!! Wow, this must be a very special head!
  24. 1 point
    If you're using standard lights in a series circuit where removing one bulb causes them all to go out, you can just double back the strand on itself. If you use strands that use a parallel circuit like a C9 or C7 string with screw bulbs you can cut them to fit and place vampire plugs on the end. Same process is used to make custom length extension cords. That topic is covered extensively on this forum as well.
  25. 1 point
    Those pails always go for hundreds of dollars I don't think I have seen one go for less then $300-$400 in years. There was one on eBay that ended a few days ago that did have a ridiculous opening bid on it and didn't get any bids, their opening bid was $1595. with a buy it now of $2395 plus $20 shipping. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1960s-Glenn-Strange-Halloween-Plastic-Frankenstein-Bucket/322799964142?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 Mel
  26. 1 point
    Hi and welcome to the forum.:) What style lights are u using?
  27. 1 point
    I don't care if it's the only one on the face of the planet. it's not worth that much to me! (Besides, shouldn't it be green!?) TED
  28. 1 point
    That's part of why the stores quit stocking blow molds most wanted them at a super low clearance price and wouldn't pay a fair retail price. Good chance those will never be available again at any price except on eBay. Even if someone does buy GenFoam's molds they may never make these. Mel
  29. 1 point
    Well done!!! We did these last year and LOVE them (4) 20 amp circuits
  30. 1 point
    OMG Donna, they look bether not lit!! You are right,!! It isn't a wonder why GFP is toast....looks hidious lit up
  31. 1 point
    Wow...you were not kidding! It's no wonder why GFP is toast. The entire point of this product is to light it and obviously they had no quality control for years. What a shame. Are you going to use them or preserve them since they are prototypes? They look beautiful not lighted!
  32. 1 point
    When I bought my snowman a couple years ago. A year later I had to change the bulb and when I got down at eye level I noticed it. Pretty cool I thought. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  33. 1 point
    If you can still find some large tomato cages. here's an option...
  34. 1 point
    Here's a little better view.
  35. 1 point
    I was not aware of that. I guess I stand corrected. TED
  36. 1 point
    They look to be a very nice piece, the plastic seem strong has nice detail to the mold and the paint looks very good. I have plans on getting them.
  37. 1 point
    2017.30 Released. After 9 months , this is our next Production release! I want to thank the developers for the last month of chasing down all the major bugs and also managing to add quite a few enhancements. If you see a line that fixes or enhances something you really wanted, please thank them. Latest releases are found at www.xlights.org Videos tutorials are found at videos.xlights.org Forums are located at nutcracker123.com/forum Issue Tracker is found here: www.github.com/smeighan/xLights/issues XLIGHTS/NUTCRACKER RELEASE NOTES: --------------------------------- 2017.28 Sep 18, 2017 -- bug (dkulp) Fix crash on startup when ViesModelsPanel is not visible -- bug (scottH) Fixed Divide by zero error if main window is re-sized too small. (#913) -- enh (keith) Add ability to import LAS files ... actually this existed ... it just wasnt selectable -- bug (keith) Add warning if i am importing a datalayer that is bigger than the number of xlights channels -- enh (keith) Add a xSchedule file play list item which can write information about current song etc to a file -- bug (dkulp) OSX - Popup menu in "WiringView" dialog is completely disabled -- bug (keith) Fix crash when change setup and then switch to layout -- bug (keith) Fix crash when FPP master xschedule step finishes -- enh (keith) Add creation of a phoneme track from channel data -- enh (keith) Add model locking -- bug (keith) Force value curves to update to real values ... it wasnt doing this which may have masked some issues -- enh (keith) Add row heading tooltips where the model names are too wide to display -- enh (keith) Add ability to display wiring view from the front -- enh (keith) Add wiring views for most inbuilt models -- bug (keith) Validate serial controller number of channels -- enh (keith) Add ability to extract Phonemes from imported single channel face data -- bug (keith) Fix timing track labels dont save if added to a fixed timing track -- bug (keith) Generated submodels leave gaps on large models - overlaps are better than gaps -- bug (keith) Rename "Output #" column on setup tab to just "Number" to try to address some new user confusion -- enh (keith) Add optional auto hide show of house preview when playing -- enh (keith) Add Make master capability to display elements which can take any view and copy its definition to the master view -- enh (keith) Tag start channels with leading *** where the number has not calculated correctly -- bug (keith) Prevent duplicate model start calculation errors from displaying -- enh (keith) Add time display to play controls toolbar on house preview
  38. 1 point
    Pretty simple to make, would be cost prohibitive to ship...
  39. 1 point
    Hey Russ, I have a modest 16-channel setup (growing to 32 channels this year) and focus primarily on traditional or 'slower' Christmas music with a light show that has less of a 'Techno Dance Party' feel to it. Like you I really enjoy seeing them, but I like to keep my own show toned down a bit. Here are three of the sequences I put together in 2015... Carsten Ramcke Allen Park, MI
  40. 1 point
    You are welcome. BTW I did purchase my first FM100 preassembled. Never had any trouble.
  41. 1 point
    After going through a few previously used transmitters I now use 2 Ramsey FM100B transmitters for my display (one back up) for almost 8 years now. I researched it and then put it to the test. The in car sound is great! Broad banded audio stable carrier frequency. Also, staying within FCC regs. the transmit footprint propagates excellent clean audio over the entire frontage of our display. We are in the country and the transmitter is along way off the street and the FM100B makes up for it. I also like the “sort of” mixer. It allows 2 sources to be mixed for output. Two concerns; #1, I wish it had native RDS. I really would like to add RDS to my display transmission someday. You can do it by home brewing into the IF circuit. For reasons to be covered in concern 2 I don’t want to hack up the PWB. #2, As of 1 Jan.’16 Ramey Hobby Kits has discontinued manufacturing transmitter kits. http://www.arrl.org/news/ramsey-kits-calls-it-quits What is out there are the remaining kits in the supply chain. I hate to see the support go for such fine radios. Hope this helps. Brad
  42. 1 point
    Here are my additions to this years show.
  43. 1 point
    I would suggest trying Merdian as well. Home Depot has a pack of two for just under $5. They are the closest to a white incandescent color I've ever seen in an LED.
  44. 1 point
    The brightest c7 LEDs that I have found ( and probably least affordable ;-) ) are made by Meridian.... They are 7W equivalent, bright white, non-dimmable. The light appearance is 3000K with a brightness of 23 Lumens. They make both clear and white bulbs but I have found that the clear bulbs produce a circle like appearance in the center of light while the white bulbs do not. Below are several pictures of how the white bulbs look. Also, if interested, these bulbs can be found at Home Depot.
  45. 1 point
    We also live in the country with about 800' of road frontage at the display about 450' off the road is the only problem.
  46. 1 point
    Good move! HOAs are terrible. The board members love telling people how to live their lives.
  47. 1 point
    halogen lamp worked like a charm. Let it sit in front for about 10 minutes, used a curved piece of wood and popped it out. I'm left with this crack. Thanks again Shane for the help.
  48. 1 point
    found these at a local flea market. dealer was doing a Christmas in July sale. Union lamposts made in Leominster Ma.
  49. 1 point
    one thing i found them really useful for even if , well especially dead ones, is if you've been robbed, and have an area where absolutely no one but yourself should ever be in, layed out across the ground, they make quite the obstacle course/ trip hazard...
  50. 1 point
    I just have to say, looking on scum-bay, the rejects have started the price hike already.....