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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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  2. 8 points
    A mother thanked me for all my hard work and then went on and on about me taking the time to dress up as Santa night after night and stand in the window......Virtual Santa..
  3. 7 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
  4. 5 points
    Not sure if this fits in with the topic but it seems to. We live in a city, typical urban street with detached and semi-attached houses on 20-60 foot wide lots so you don't have a lot of room for big displays. But I've always put up what I consider a lot of decorations. As time went by and I got older I started thinking why bother, it's a lot of work and does the rest of the family even care? Yes, I would get some compliments from people passing by and small kids seem to be mesmerized by it but not enough to make me feel it was worthwhile. So I started thinking of cutting back and maybe even stopping all together. I should mention here that we have an awning over our stoop and a trellis in our small front yard and they are decorated with at least a few strings of holiday or seasonal lights all year long. One cold night I am out there putting up the Christmas lights thinking to myself this is it, the last year, when an elderly woman with a walker passed by. She said, I always love looking at your lights, they are so nice to look at, they make me feel good. I asked her where she lived on the block. She said she did not live on my block she lived on the next block over from my street. Now this woman could barely walk so I asked how could she see my lights "all the time"? She pointed over to a tall apartment house on the next block and said, I live up there, on the top floor, I can look down and always see them from my window. Well, I have cut back over the years but I still always put out something and all year long. If for no one else I do it for her because I know she is looking down from somewhere and still enjoying the lights.
  5. 5 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!"
  6. 4 points
    I would like to hear if you have any funny comments from those who have watched your display. I’ll start; yesterday evening I went out to the road to pick up trash from the previous night’s viewers (a story in itself). A man stopped and asked me “why is this radio station so fuzzy at my house"? I asked where he lived; “in town” (that means at least 2 miles) I replied; I don’t think you can hear it at all there. He said; it’s just not right. I said; it would be illegal. Second; a lady came to the door and in the middle of the day asked me to turn on the display as she had driven so far. I politely let her know she would not be able to see anything anyway as the sun was out in full force. She went back out to the road and sat there for 20 minutes.
  7. 4 points
    My son and I got started on our 2017 display. San Diego weather was near perfect. New house = blank canvas
  8. 4 points
    I guess old people don't like music, blowup's ,or blinking lights, but really dig measle lights.... I hope when I am that age, I can still put up my Silver bells, be seen and call other people's blowup's cheesy. I was always told and raised, if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it all all...
  9. 4 points
    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...!
  10. 4 points
    Nice family was outside looking at the lights, I told them they needed to have a radio to hear the music. The husband says "I can't believe I can't get the station streaming over the internet". I tried to explain it was just a little transmitter connected to my computer, it didn't register.
  11. 4 points
    Little late to the table but finally got a few pics. We have 25K lights and 112 channels on the animated section.
  12. 3 points
    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!
  13. 3 points
    Nothing completes your vintage outdoor Christmas lighting quite like snow. Christmas snows are rare for Georgia - especially an 8" snow. I created a flickr album of some pictures and videos I took. Click on the picture below and enjoy. Merry Christmas!
  14. 3 points
    We are getting some early snow here in NYC. I took a few shots of my blow molds in the snow. Nothing fancy, I'm a poor photographer, just a few photos taken with my flipphone.
  15. 3 points
    I'm not trying to speak for just myself here, but I think every display has it's own uniqueness and every display is a lot of work especially with more than the basics. We all have different tastes and all like certain things. Not everyone will like your display, not everyone will think its beautiful, just as I prefer lights only over inflatables, doesn't mean a display with inflatables is tasteless, I think they are awesome but just not my cup of tea. Some people feel that way about lights vs their inflatable display. If they have inflatables they may see a display with just lights and think it's boring. Same goes for wire frames, wood cutouts, ect.
  16. 3 points
    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.
  17. 3 points
    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.
  18. 3 points
    Something kind of cool happened tonight. One of my local news channels contacted me and then came out interviewed me and filmed the show. I'm kind of excited to see how it turns out
  19. 3 points
    I just took this daytime pic. of our new giant nativity 10'H X 10' wide life size figures. 590 LED's
  20. 3 points
    I had a person who lives in my neighborhood stop and thank me for the lights, her son has autism and he loves to stop watch the lights change to the music. Hearing that kind of feed back makes all the effort worth it.
  21. 3 points
    The people across the street sold their home to a retired couple earlier this year. In September, I saw them outside and went over to introduce myself. I asked them if they knew about my Christmas display. They said they used to drive to see it. So, I expected no issues whatsoever. Fast forward to the weekend before Thanksgiving. I have the lights on the house, trees, garage, and two 14' frame trees up and running. I don't have even half the display up. But, the incandescent glow of 20k lights can be seen from several blocks away. I'm outside fixing a few light strands on a frame tree when I see my neighbor heading across the street. I had a premonition of doom. Instead, she told me how her brother had passed away this week, and she was having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit *until* she saw my lights out her front window. She said she's leaving the shades open until I take it down after Christmas. She said she may not get her own lights up this year, but she truly appreciated me having mine up. Now that is why I decorate.
  22. 3 points
    Just about done now. Couple things and good to go,
  23. 3 points
    Finally Done.. Sorry my cell doesnt do well with led lights LOL.
  24. 3 points
    Phase One complete. Don't forget to add your display to www.ChristmasLightFinder.com. linus_2017.MOV
  25. 3 points
    I actually got a big jump this year and finished. Last night was the test of it all on.
  26. 3 points
  27. 3 points
    It's best just to not think about the cost and not tell the spouse.
  28. 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)
  29. 2 points
    How's everyone's 2017 display coming along?
  30. 2 points
    Some of these crumbly ol blowmolds have seen their share of holiday display action though. Memories of winter 2013-14
  31. 2 points
    yeah, I'm not sure why Aputernut felt it was necessary to insult other people's tastes.
  32. 2 points
    We don't have all the craziness of flashing and loud music often not even Xmas music, and no cheesy blow up's at my house, but we do have a beautiful huge display around all 4 sides of our home which can be see from other streets and we do have a string of vintage silver bells that play 8 different carols strung along the rope at the street and we have had couples dancing in the street, folks taking pics./video's and last evening we had a man on his bike, don't know if he was on his phone or what but we heard him say, Hello deer, Ho,ho,ho. And last year we saw a woman get out of her car and drop something in our mailbox, it was a dollar on which she wrote Thank You for giving us the spirit of Christmas, it's beautiful! Here's our display, see for yourself! P.S. We do have a laser light on our Cul de Sac which is done for the kiddies mostly. And all of this is done by us old folks... 73 & 80 years old
  33. 2 points
    I won't now. I got the glitter off and they look just fine the way they are! I think it's the glitter that made me want to paint them... The glitter is now gone! I put goo gone on a paper towel and wiped it over the glitter. Then I dried it with another paper towel. Then I scratched it off with my fingernail. All finished! I'm pretty happy with them! $40.00 well spent!
  34. 2 points
    I usually put a bit of Goof Off on a rag rather then the blow mold to see if it will work first. Mel
  35. 2 points
    I wanted to do that for our Christmas card this year....Kids with their tongues stuck to the flag pole....The leg lamp in the background would be the icing on the cake. the wife said no
  36. 2 points
    "You know when so many people can recite lines from a movie that it was a great movie!" Donna, What you said is so true! Every time I hear the song "Deck the Halls", I think about the version in "A Christmas Story". Deck the harrs with boughs of horryyy, Fa-ra-ra-ra-raaa, ra ra ra raa! Tiis the season to be jorry....
  37. 2 points
    Santa was blow mold. The deer were paper mache. And now I have the star spangled banner stuck in my head - specifically Aunt Bethany's rendition
  38. 2 points
    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.
  39. 2 points
    Are you serious Clark...
  40. 2 points
    This was posted by a Guest. I have never seen such a unique and beautiful pole fixture. Two thumbs up to whoever restored this fabulous piece!!
  41. 2 points
    No Donna, you are not wrong it would be a ripoff profit and I do know what I am talking about after owning and operating our own business for 25 years before we retired. Even a $50 profit on that tombstone would be a high profit when considering the wholesale cost of $16.70, we would have been in fat city if we could have bought items for $16.70 and made a $50 profit on it. A fair selling price for the tombstone would be approximately $40-50 in a retail store depending on how much the shipping cost them for the item, it would not necessarily be that much from an online business because they do not have as much overhead to pay as the average brick & mortar business. Mel
  42. 2 points
    If she wasn't across the street (a 4 lane road), I would have already extended my display onto her property. I have my garlands on 70' of one neighbor's fence, and about 3000 lights on the peach trees in the front yard of the other side neighbor. As it is, her adult children visited over Thanksgiving, undoubtedly heard she wasn't going to decorate, and apparently dropped by sometime yesterday during the day and put up all her decorations. I was actually considering dropping a spare 10' mega tree, a LOR controller, and an easy-linker over there to surprise her, but seeing that she's now got a battalion of blowmold soldiers out there that she didn't have out last year, there's no space for it.
  43. 2 points
    Surubaby's website says "make your kids happy". LOL! Should say "make your kids happy, while we rip you off". That company must be owned by that famous Law Firm called "Dewey, Cheatem and Howe".
  44. 2 points
    You can find C7 bulbs that are 15 watts. Go to "Google Images" and type "C7 bulbs 15 watts". I use these in my reindeers and toy soldiers. You can buy them in LED ($$$) or incandescent ($). By the way, these C7 15 watt LEDs have the same color light as the old incandescent bulbs. Here is the LED version: https://www.amazon.com/Wuhostam-Watts-Equivalent-2700K-Candle/dp/B071FZZF3C Here is the Incandescent version: https://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Chandeliers-Incandescent-E12-Candelabra/dp/B06XCB3K2Y/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_60_bs_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=XP033JN4ZJHRS11E7XPX
  45. 2 points
    Got more out... Still not finished. Looks good for only one person doing it with absolutely no help. lol.
  46. 2 points
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=733094070224631&id=690288094505229 Short video
  47. 2 points
    I have the light show section on the house turned off in this pic, and I have a few other items up that are not plugged in. Hopefully by Thanksgiving!
  48. 2 points
    If you can't afford a "display"(not sure the official meaning of that ) ,then save your money that YOU made, not hand outs,GoFundMe ect....sounds to needy. That rates next to a donation box ,somewhere in your display...if you can't do it on your own,then don't bother pestering others, to support a hobby that you cant. It's not aimed at anyone specific,but COME on, let's stop the B.S, and go support YOUR own habits,on YOUR dime,not others....
  49. 2 points
    Stumbled across yard sale listing in our area on Facebook. Mentioned blow molds, so I jumped in the car and off I went. Here is what $20 bought! made my wife , who loved blow Molds, very Happy Happy. 4 sheep in box also and from some one who hates blow molds and my wife loves blow molds, guess it is time for me to get busy. Where did all these things come from/
  50. 2 points
    I have one more complete deer but the antlers are broke, I need to fix it and I have another deer but for some reason no head. I will add some pics of the sleigh later on.