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  • 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. 2 points
    After about 5 days worth of work, I've completed our new Merry Christmas Sign!! It is about 50 ft long and close to 4ft high. Our old one was made out of PVC pipe that formed the individual letters using incandescent light bulbs. It was a complete pain to put up every year and ate away at our time that could be used for other decorations. My Dad was at his second home "Menards" and came across their green painted fencing that was 50 ft long with 2" x 4" squares. Bought our lights from Home Depot as they had the best price for continous on LED lights for $11 (with tax). This allowed me to unplug any unused lights to give that nice distinct definition of each letter. Each light was zip tied twice to stop the lights from twisting, especially with storage. Which, in the end can just be rolled back up and tucked in away in a corner. 3 things I would have done differently is: Capitalized the R's as I already have gotten crap for it by 3 people. If we had more money and more experience, probably would have used rope light Did 4" spacing instead of 2" for the MERRY section. I'll probably fix this next year by just moving the MERR back as there is over 1 ft of space to work with before the M My fingers hurt, bled, and went numb from all the zip tying, but now I have calluses a professional guitarist would be jealous of haha. Grand Total: 724 Lights 1624 Zipties (I zip tied the unused lights as well to keep them from hanging)
  2. 1 point
    Just thought i'd share this with everyone, as ive mentioned before its hard to come by these in the UK, and i managed to get him for only £50!!
  3. 1 point
    a little behind this year, we aim for day after turkey day but usually don't make it. it will be this Friday before things get turned on. still have a 2 page list of odds and ends, having surgery this Thursday at 6:00 a.m. so kinds have a deadline.
  4. 1 point
    Finally finished today. So happy I rewrapped the bushes from white to red and green this morning. Also happy with my first try at a mega tree and the roof outline, though I wish I did the verticals also. Want to do the windows but could not commit as we are thinking about moving. Great displays everyone!
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    Nice work! That is a lot of zip ties!
  6. 1 point
    Wow those look amazing. Can you go over the process with me in detail? Looks like I will have to give it a try and don't want to mess things up. Basically like how you attached the plastic, what was used, the process. Thanks for the information.