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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. 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..
  2. 7 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.
  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. 7 points
  5. 6 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!
  6. 6 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!"
  7. 5 points
    We didn't exactly get dumped on with snow, but we did get a little dusting
  8. 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.
  9. 5 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
    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.
  11. 4 points
    Often it's not what you say but HOW you said it that matters most. Each person displays differently for different reasons. I have a toddler so my display includes a cartoonish looking slide show and some of those "cheesy" blow-ups" you seem to hate. I'm decorating to make Christmas fun and amusing for little kids, not seniors or newspaper reporters. So each person has a motive and a focus for what they display and how. While your display looks tidy and pleasant, it may or may not hold a small child's interest for long. So some of us decorate to show Christmas to the children. After all, some folks have already enjoyed 70 or 80 Christmases, right? I'm not trying to impress or amuse those folks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. 4 points
    My son and I got started on our 2017 display. San Diego weather was near perfect. New house = blank canvas
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. 4 points
    Little late to the table but finally got a few pics. We have 25K lights and 112 channels on the animated section.
  16. 3 points
    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.
  17. 3 points
    I've yet to see a display that I don't like. One set of lights is all it takes to help light the neighborhood. Taking the effort to hang lights, set up blow molds, or plug in inflatables or even display mosquito lights. I love it all. And for the seriously addicted, I know what it takes and costs and how many extension cords you have. From the bottom of my heart, I love it all. The most common question I get is "how many lights do you have", and honestly I am not sure. The next question is the one about the power bill. We have had to really cut back the display this year due to Santa's helper (me) getting sidelined with a shoulder injury. But next year . . .
  18. 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!
  19. 3 points
  20. 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.
  21. 3 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 3 points
    This is kind of along the same lines as this topic. On Friday night I ran the light show for the first time, but I forgot to plug in the inflatable teddy bear. I had stole the cord to charge my drill battery that day. I was out shopping when I decided to peek in on my security cameras to make sure everything was lit up. I noticed a guy walk into my yard, then mess with the teddy bear. I was freaking out for a second thinking he was about to steal it. Turns out that he was trying to plug it in for his kids. He gave up after a minute. Dude has some nerve to walk into someone's yard like that. I''m glad he didn't trip over anything, considering there are lights covering much of the ground.
  25. 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
  26. 3 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.
  27. 3 points
    I just took this daytime pic. of our new giant nativity 10'H X 10' wide life size figures. 590 LED's
  28. 3 points
    I can totally relate to this story, only it was my wife who lost her brother and now her dad on Christmas morning. It is our light display that brings a smile to her face in the times of sadness, and I always try to make it better and better each year! I do it for her, and everyone else to lift their spirits, it is truly rewarding when strangers stop by and say as soon as they turn corner and see our house they grin ear to ear. To all the scrooges-- I say this... Close your blinds, we don't want to look at you anyway~! On a side not Craig- I would walk right over to her house when she isn't home and do up 1 of her best trees with a ton of lights and leave a note telling her peak outside at 5pm or whenever it's dark... tribute to your loved one awaits. The power of light is amazing. I did this for my wife in my backyard. I decorated just one Japanese Bloodgood Maple which sits next to a bench with her brothers name. We call it "his tree" and its a special moment every year when I light that 1 tree in the back yard.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 3 points
    Just about done now. Couple things and good to go,
  32. 3 points
    Finally Done.. Sorry my cell doesnt do well with led lights LOL.
  33. 3 points
    Phase One complete. Don't forget to add your display to www.ChristmasLightFinder.com. linus_2017.MOV
  34. 2 points
    Enjoy! I cheated some with the led flood against the maple, I change the setting every few days on it lol. The last photo was about 1/4 away from the neighboring road across the valley.
  35. 2 points
    It's kind of funny that this thread in the VA forum has sparked a bit of discussion among people from all over. Maybe everyone is just busy with their display! In any case I have to disagree with your conclusion. PC is still the largest forum in the world dedicated to Christmas displays. I first came to PC sometime in 2002 or 2003 when I heard talk (on Computer Christmas) of the "convention" that was being planned for 2003. (Originally called PLUS now known as Christmas Expo.) Back then I used to read every new post in every sub-group every day and was able to keep up. However, PC got so big that I finally had to give that up as I simply could not read them all even in several hours time. Sure the activity here on PC is down from that peak time but there's still a lot of members here. It won't be going away any time soon. TED
  36. 2 points
    Some of these crumbly ol blowmolds have seen their share of holiday display action though. Memories of winter 2013-14
  37. 2 points
    Yeah, though ive cut way back, i do still buy nice blowmolds if i see them at garage sales. I refuse to pay 30-40$ for a blowmold at menards. If these dont fall apart in my hands come early january tear down, ill shoot for using them again. The tear down can be rough on them though, as they often freeze to the ground. A sturdy blowmold will pop loose from the ice with little effort. These brittle ones are a trick. Ocassionally, i have had to resort to pouring warm water on the bases to release them from the ground. I store them inside when theres room. At the height of my storage problem, i stored them outside covered with a plastic tarp. Since i typically buy my blowmolds at garage sales, its hard to say for sure how they were stored before i got them. That might be the bulk of the reason behind some blowmolds getting brittle and some not.
  38. 2 points
    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!
  39. 2 points
    I've had people ask; "how do you get the radio station to play the songs you want?"
  40. 2 points
    I had a news interviewer think that the display was synchronized on the spot to a real station. They also said in their press-release that I designed my software. (LOR) He was mightily confused. Ohh... silly people.
  41. 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
  42. 2 points
    Thanks, Mel! I'm trying to slowly become active again. After I lost my old job two years ago, I got a new job that keeps me so busy I don't know if I'm coming or going. I almost lost my Christmas spirit and didn't want to put up any decorations last year. It's hard when you have a boss that drives you crazy, because they act like they're high on drugs. She goes around our backs and looks through our desk phones to see who we've been talking to. She even showed me on her mobile phone how she has a hidden camera in her Grandson's room, so she can see everything he is doing. The woman is a first class nut job! Oh well, I'm blessed to have a job! Congrats on all those items, and welcome to the blow mold family too!
  43. 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.
  44. 2 points
    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!
  45. 2 points
    Awesome x 10!!!!!!! I just saw this, I think the thread got so long that I missed your post. FANTASTIC!!!
  46. 2 points
    Got more out... Still not finished. Looks good for only one person doing it with absolutely no help. lol.
  47. 2 points
    I finally got all of my display up after a little snafu with my vampire plugs.
  48. 2 points
  49. 2 points
    Most of the lights are up but still have another 5k lights and 80 or so blow molds to put outside. About 2/3 done now.
  50. 2 points
    It's best just to not think about the cost and not tell the spouse.