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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. 3 points
    We stand outside and pass out candy canes, and people are always asking my wife if this is our display. She tells them, "No, we're just strangers who really have the holiday spirit!"
  2. 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
  3. 2 points
    You’re a Mean One Mister Grinch. No sound on video the FM transmitter is working though. I had intended to do more music but had a heart attack last Thursday and am about to have a quadruple bypass. God willing I will be back though next year. I have got a wealth of inspiration from the people who make these forums so great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. 1 point
    My son and I got started on our 2017 display. San Diego weather was near perfect. New house = blank canvas
  5. 1 point
    I just bought this Poloron Drummer Boy. The vendor said it was from the 1950's, and an older friend mentioned she and her husband bought one of these same blow molds in the 1950's. However, on blowmolded it has the date as 1970's. Any idea what the real date is?
  6. 1 point
    I was working on final touches, the lights were on the first night, 12/1, cars are slowing down as they pass by the house getting a good look. waved to one and said come on in, as we allow folks to walk through the display, They left on the spot. Another car stops right in front of the house, I hear, "look at that, did you see that" my wife says to come in, this couple pull in they and the kids get out, and have a great time looking around. That's the reason I do it. the kids faces were spectacular.
  7. 1 point
    I do a lot of PVC Pole Trees. A lot (55 this year). At least once a year, someone comes up during setup and thinks I am actually setting up a tree lot of fake frees for decoration, and asks how much they are!
  8. 1 point
    Okay, I mentioned weeks ago that I purchased some Union elves and was trying to decide how to display them. I've got them rigged up in my Christmas train (static display) in one of the train cars.
  9. 1 point
    I have him in steady white and I'm happy with how it came out!
  10. 1 point
    Here's a few more pics of my train.
  11. 1 point
    Friday night, from a facebook message, "You should serve cookies and hot chocolate during your show. Well, if not cookies, just hot chocolate," (I just spent three weeks putting up the lights!! Not even a thanks for the light show. Cookies my...!
  12. 1 point
    I've had people ask; "how do you get the radio station to play the songs you want?"
  13. 1 point
    Here's a sneak peek at ours, lawn lights not lit, a squirrel got the wire, Dh fixing now, I will post my video soon, I hope? my Nutcrackers are new plus more not on this pic.
  14. 1 point
    Are you serious Clark...
  15. 1 point
    Not a prototype. That is the 41" TPI #4830 "Jolly Santa". I don't know what year he was first made, he is shown in their 1991-1993 catalogs and is not marked as new in the 1991 catalog so he would also have been made prior to that year. Mel
  16. 1 point
    Maybe TPI, I think it says made in Canada on it. There is at least one on eBay.
  17. 1 point
    Do not retire him! Homemade items are usually the best and your frosty is a good example of that. That would be a good addition and you could make him wave if you wanted to. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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