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  • 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.
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    Biggest year yet, setup began mid October, can check out the website for the display here: https://eurekamochristmaslights.weebly.com/ Enjoy the pics, constructive criticism is always appreciated.
  3. 4 points
    I am almost 65 years old, and not a big Walmart fan, but it is about the only store around here. Never seen a Walmart do this. They had about 100 "fresh" cut Christmas trees. Instead of marking them down, they were giving them away. Hats Off to the East Rome Ga Walmart
  4. 3 points
    The photos aren't the greatest but it gives you an idea
  5. 3 points
    Yeah agreed. Best I've heard this year- I love your display can I take pictures? This way I can decorate my house just like yours and my wife can stop asking me to drive past your house... LOL
  6. 3 points
    We have shirt’s that my wife made for when we are outside handing out treats....
  7. 3 points
    People are pretty impressed that I own a radio station.
  8. 2 points
    It's been awhile since I've posted on here , I thought I'd share my restorations I did to these over the summer , the snowman had dents and a crack on his arm, was missing parts for the motor so I welded a custom part and got him working , for Santa he had no bracket or motor so I had to custom bend metal and then I added a reindeer motor to make him turn
  9. 2 points
    I just was given this vintage plywood cut out of Santa holding a lantern. The lantern does have a light in it. The gentlemen told me he made this from a pattern back in the 70's. He does not remember where he got the pattern from. It needs to be repainted. I was wondering if anybody has this pattern or knows were I might find one. If I can't find a pattern I guess I will just take lots of pictures and try to repaint it that way. I am not artistic at all, I have trouble drawing stick people. Any information would be appreciated Thanks Tom
  10. 2 points
    I apologize in advance for the quality (or lack thereof) of the photos My yard is a paradigm...it's a big front and side yard so there's plenty of room for decor but the yard slopes sharply from the street so i have to get creative in displaying things (like building elevated platforms). Here's the front yard which goes for a vintage theme
  11. 2 points
    We received another pair of candles yesterday for a new addition to our collection. They are from the late 60's or early 70's and compliment the pair of the painted version that is in our collection. They are 38 ½" tall. I have recently found a newspaper ad from 1970 that shows a 42" Dapol candle that has the hexagon shape with a poinsettia on the middle of it. I wonder if that one is out there somewhere, the picture is a line art drawing so I do not know how accurate it is. Does anyone here have one or seen one like that? Mel
  12. 2 points
    I did do a test with GE C9 Ceramics and smooth, translucent OptiCore lamps. The GE lamps are on the left and the Opticore are on the right for each color.
  13. 2 points
    This is from a local Nissan dealership;they're here now filming.
  14. 2 points
    Mine's not coming down until the end of January, I shut the show down this weekend (epiphany) It is so damn cold out right now that I'm not going to even try. Beside my cardiologist said no stress or heavy activity until after my cardiac ablation next week. Had SVT and afib during christmas. Here is what my display looked like this year.
  15. 2 points
    Here are pics of this years display. We had 35,000 lights this year, give or take a few. We got more visitors and lots of great comments also! Looking forward to new additions for next year. What do you all think? New additions this year were lights on the roof, swans in the pond, a larger pond, and a few new snowmen around.
  16. 2 points
    1st time posting, hope you like. We are using LOR controllers, synced to music. We are located in Silver Spring, MD christmas_2017.MOV
  17. 2 points
    I hear these complaints about Walmart a lot. Oddly, I’ve never heard anyone actually post the number (undoubtedly in the thousands) of people employed by Walmart. Walmart is often accused of “keeping people poor”, but employment at Walmart is not compelled by the government. The people working there applied for jobs, interviewed for the jobs (where they had opportunity to ask about wages, benefits, etc.), and they accepted the jobs. Corporations that provide jobs don’t keep people in poverty. People keep themselves in poverty—if they chose to stay there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. 2 points
    I had to modify the angel placement, due to inattention when making a post season purchase this past January- but I like how it turned out. I wanted the tree in front of the window so accommodations needed to be made. I have to say, I'd have never been able to afford such extravagant ornaments had it not been for a Dillards one dollar sale. 60 dollar angel, 200 dollar tree skirt- one dollar each. I spent about 30 bucks on 700 dollars worth of ornaments and nearly cried the whole way home- well not quite, but almost. This is also our first white tree which I was also fortunate to get deeply discounted from Wal-Mart. The skinny tinsel tree was a thrifty Dillards purchase as well that I couldn't refuse.
  19. 2 points
    I just made this design and want to know your opinions??? ---->> for more detail visit https://www.teezily.com/christmas-spirit
  20. 2 points
    America the Beautiful to be exact. LOL! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. 2 points
    I purchased a bunch of inflatables after Christmas this past season and there are a few I want to put on my roof in a few months. My roof has a pitch that is favorable for this project, but after watching a few videos and reading older posts on here, I figured why not start a new post and see if anyone had any current ideas, or better ways of making sure the inflatable go up on the roof, don't move, and look great. Hopefully someone can help me out. Thanks!
  22. 2 points
    Since everyone was talking about how quiet it has been. I decided to share my displays (minus a few new additions from GFP) and hopefully others will follow.
  23. 2 points
    Finally got video of this year's display. Even though my friend did an excellent job on the video, it's really long, so don't feel you've got to set through all of it. The second video is off of a local show, "Explore Tulsa". We start at the 14:12 mark.
  24. 2 points
    Well that's how my display was last year... But this year is much diffrent. Last year is in the last two pictures.
  25. 2 points
    You the idiot that brought religion into the conversation, but let me guess...it aint fair that the rest of us can afford leds and you cant...do you want us to spread the wealth? You brought this issue about power consumption, you didnt get the answer you were looking for so you reverted to Christmas is a money making industry...well no **** sherlock...we spend alot of money on our displays, some more than others, some of us buy hand me downs from others just to bring something to our neighborhoods. If you think the power bill in your area is unheard of, you got 2 options...move...or suck it up and pay the bill.
  26. 2 points
    Let it snow... Best Christmas Season so far for us in Jersey! 2 sugar coatings so far! It seems so magical when the lights are covered in snow, brings me back to a kid again...
  27. 2 points
    I couldn't agree more with RAB. I don't care what you put out, or how much, or how it looks. Just put something out! Nothing more depressing than a dark neighborhood. Does anyone else feel like a hypocrite when the passersby go on and on about all the hard work you do so everyone can enjoy it? I have to admit, if nothing more than a stray dog, a wino, and the mailman saw my display, I'd still do it because I enjoy it, whether anyone else sees it or not.
  28. 2 points
    I have used a number of different things, weight plates work best and they can't really be seen when people are looking. I have also used sand bags as in the picture attached. You can also make a wood platform and weigh that down with sand bags then secure the inflatable to that
  29. 1 point
    I don't know what the duty tax would do to the total plus shipping
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    just keep the LED flood low power or use a filter and it will not overpower the lantern....you could replace the bulb in the lantern with the new flame LED bulbs. I picked up one and put it in a Turkish lamp we have and it is incredible. They only put out about 100 lumens so it is not a lot of light, but the flame flicker is really nice. You will definitely need some front light to show off the cutout. I use LED floods on all of mine.
  32. 1 point
    such a sad article, although I am a huge fan of blow molds and pretty much any plastic based product they produced, I'm an even bigger fan of American jobs. One point in the article stated that the Mexico plant had found a buyer and most of the employees have been called back, its tragic that a buyer could not be found for this plant and those guys get called back, new products developed, raises, 401k, etc. I wonder if the primary investors were tired of loss? tired of holding stock? Made the money they wanted? was the plant in poor condition, machinery out of date with little or no replacement parts available? We may never know, but what we do know is (as the article states) over a hundred employees are wondering what to do, how to pay the bills, etc. Like I stated above I'm a huge fan of blow molds, I love them for most any holiday, They have a "old time" feel to them and I reflect on my grandparents decorations from days gone by. Let us not forget the people who lost their way of life with this closing, pray for their guidance through difficult times (if any should arise from this) and even though it sounds silly, or childish, look at all of your vast mold collection (or small one like mine) and take this into consideration, someone, paid their rent making that candle, someone bought their first car making that Nativity set, someone bought groceries making the camel that you are so proud of. Not sure about you guys but each and every piece in my collection has a story to tell, that I didn't hear before, and what I took for granted with the "I'll just buy another one" attitude, just got a little more sacred to me. Im sure there will be an out pour of new molds from various companies in the near future, and that's great....but they most likely wont have American blood, sweat and tears embedded in each and every one of them. Well, I have ranted long enough, my wife says I let the closing get to me because it happened a few states over and because Christmas was involved. Thanks for reading...Don
  33. 1 point
    We recently picked up this candle at an antique mall and couldn't find anything about it online or a maker's mark. Anyone have any ideas or know what it's worth? Thanks!
  34. 1 point
    Hey PC family! I've been out of the PlanetChristmas loop for awhile. I occasionally monitor a few Christmas related sites and FB pages, but my job and family life has kept me too busy to stay connected with anyone. Those that have been a part of PC for many years like myself, know that I'm known for my ferris wheel and skating rink. I'm not saying mine are the best, there are many people here that have great ferris wheels and skating rinks. I've posted pictures, videos, and how-to's over the years. Yet I still get emails and my inbox is full of messages from people asking for help with one or the other. I am more than happy to help, but like I said, I've been out of touch and don't get on PC too often. I've transitioned into a RGB display for myself, and I've been trying to learn as much as I can in that world. But what I've learned in this process is that I, and many others, still miss the magic that a mechanical display can offer! My mechanical elements have all been sold off or torn down due to age and damage. However, I plan to bring back my ferris wheel. New, improved, and I intend to capture images along the way! Not for recognition. Not for any other reason than to hopefully have 1 more and possibly last necessary avenue for those interested in building a pvc ferris wheel. This will be easier for me than to try and respond to each and every request. It will also be cleaner having step by step pictures along the way. So be on the lookout in the next few months as I start the build. Probably early spring! As for the question of why a pvc ferris wheel....it just better fits my need. I started out with a wooden ferris wheel. It was beautiful. It also was heavy and difficult to store. There are people here that have metal ferris wheels, or gemmy, or whatever else. There is nothing wrong with those. Please don't assume I'm putting those down. Maybe one of those fit's your need/desire. My case for a PVC ferris wheel is this: PVC is cheap. It's lightweight and can be broken down or carried as a whole pretty easily. It is pretty weather resistant for 5 weeks out of the year, especially if you paint it (white even) to protect it. PVC is very easy to work with and requires no special tools. For me, a ferris wheel should be an octagon and that shape is very easy to achieve. A ferris wheel, whatever style you choose, gives a wow factor like nothing else in a display can achieve (in my experience and opinion of course). I hope you are as excited about it as I am. If you don't see anything from me, assume that I'm busy with life but please know that the build and the how-to is coming, and by all means don't hesitate to drop me a line with a friendly reminder. Knowing that people are interested will encourage me to do it even more than I already am!
  35. 1 point
    Why do away with tapatalk? I probably wouldn't be on here much without that. I assume that is what your meant? Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
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  37. 1 point
    That's awesome, some may not have been so fortunate to even have money for a tree, and that Walmart could have just made a families Christmas
  38. 1 point
    They still torch them, here's a more recent picture. Mel
  39. 1 point
    This isn't mine, but I think it deserves some attention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liTV_RYl-Ag
  40. 1 point
    Looks great! Honestly, I’d spray paint the poles and hardware black to make it all disappear as evening comes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  41. 1 point
    I think you have to do what makes you happy. Have you painted blow molds before? I haven't, except for small corrections here and there, but I do know that if it's not done correctly it won't look right. If you do paint them take pics and post so we can see your work!
  42. 1 point
    This poor guy needs his color back.
  43. 1 point
    Yeah, I'm numb to the power bill questions. When people ask me, I start off by telling them that I have a swimming pool so my electric bill is hard to compare to the average home to begin with. My power bill is rarely below $200 regardless. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  44. 1 point
    Please keep all informed when you do get the company off the ground. We will all be searching high and low for molds to get our hands on. 😃
  45. 1 point
    Ditto to almost every comment on here as to the funny stuff people say about our show. One evening,as I was outside talking to my neighbors, one of them suddenly looked at me with a surprised look and asked who was in the window and dressed as Santa--they assumed it was me--every night!
  46. 1 point
    You never know what will happen in Georgia, display has been up since 12-1. Weatherman called for a dusting of snow here to day, after 65 degrees early in he week, woke up to 31 degrees here today, has snowed all day and they expect it to most of the night. right now we are at 8". I worked hard to get display up before I had some surgery, recovering from that now, so not really able to go brush off the snow. Its OK, tomorrow it will all melt and be gone. more pictures later, I hope, from the front this time, not the front porch
  47. 1 point
    Not on the roof but this is how I mounted my sleigh and reindeer. Steel wire from Menards ran between two trees with screw eye to loop it thru. Then hang the figurines with floral wire from the stainless steel wire
  48. 1 point
    The reason why, we are NOT on spybook....
  49. 1 point
    I actually got a big jump this year and finished. Last night was the test of it all on.
  50. 1 point
    I haven't the foggiest idea, but keep us posted with pics:)
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