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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. 7 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
    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!!!
  6. 3 points
  7. 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
  8. 2 points
    In less than two weeks you will have just about every kid in your neighborhood knocking on your door trick or treating. What a great time to market your Christmas display. Will Santa be visiting your display this year? Well here's a great time to let the kids know. Along with the candy I give out, I give each kid a small flyer telling them when my lights begin and when Santa will show up. There are a lot of kids in my neighborhood who can't afford a Santa portrait at the mall and this gives their parents an opportunity to snap a photo of their kids on Santa's lap. Even if you don't have a Santa visit, it's a good way to let the kiddies know where the Christmas Lights will be. I print these four to an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. This is this year's flyer and a template if you would like to use it for your display. If you don't have access to graphics program, shoot me a message with what you want and I'll make up one for you as time permits. Template... .
  9. 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.
  10. 2 points
    WOW!! Wish I had a box car full of these!!!SOLD!!!
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  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 1 point
    Scot, you need to build one of these for Halloween...
  15. 1 point
    I finally got all the info together for my Shooting Stars How To. Shooting stars.pdf
  16. 1 point
    Nice find Jack!! Look near mint!! I have seen some good deals on Letgo and Offer Up also:) How is the display coming along?
  17. 1 point
    Finished this a couple weeks ago.
  18. 1 point
    Hi Jerry, we don't have but 3 trees on the property. Had a problem last year with rabbits...used coyote spray (urine) and haven't seen a one. Not sure if fox, coyote spray would work? I would try that. Gonna spray the yard this year and try that again
  19. 1 point
    Not that I ever saw but you never know there could be one out there. 🙂
  20. 1 point
    I put a regular light socket in mine as soon as I got them 2 years ago here's picture troy
  21. 1 point
    You would have to say, "Ho Ho Ho This is a PEPPERMINT stick up!" I'm sorry to hear about that. Any time there's a "reorganization" watch out because bad things frequently follow. Hopefully it will lead to something better for you guys. Maybe (hopefully) something good will come from it. TED
  22. 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!
  23. 1 point
    Nice! I see from checking their website that Blinky still makes some glow in the dark items but apparently not the skull pail. (Too bad--it's a cool item!) TED
  24. 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!!
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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....
  29. 1 point
    Just added this to my "look for at garage sales" list. LOL!!!
  30. 1 point
    I was unable to get it to connect wireless. After much frustration I just ran a 3.5mm jack to it from inside the house. Best or luck with setting it up. Hopefully you are more successful than I was!
  31. 1 point
    Make your own light kit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  32. 1 point
    New additions to my collection yesterday. The Goodman piece is in great shape. Fragile, but great. Amazed it has survived.
  33. 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
  34. 1 point
    Hi and welcome to the forum.:) What style lights are u using?
  35. 1 point
    Thanks. Their prices are crazy though. I was hoping for an enthusiast who had some extras.
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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!
  39. 1 point
    Yes! Great memory, Mel! He’s in great shape and I’ll definitely be keeping him and my snowman forever! [emoji4] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  40. 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
  41. 1 point
    If you can still find some large tomato cages. here's an option...
  42. 1 point
    I was not aware of that. I guess I stand corrected. TED
  43. 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.
  44. 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
  45. 1 point
    Here's another one in you area... https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=167&acctid=938
  46. 1 point
    Because nothing says Christmas like a dog peeing on a fire hydrant...Going with several out of the box ideas this year.
  47. 1 point
    You are welcome. BTW I did purchase my first FM100 preassembled. Never had any trouble.
  48. 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
  49. 1 point
    Thats great!!!! My guess the talk with the wife went something like this: You did what? You go, and apologize , and make peace now, or no piece later tonight!!!
  50. 1 point
    I project on a white balloon (Snow Globe). Front projection and works really good.