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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. 1 point
    I didn't think they would allow foul moods in a place called NICEville !
  2. 1 point
    This year, we did the birch tree differently and added more red. We added window wreaths and some green to the mailbox. We also put some red on the shrubs up by the house, and changed from warm white on the rose bush on the left, to red. My wife bought another set of deer from Sam's; she loves them things. She made 2 more tomato cage trees for each side of the front door, with red, green and white. I was also able to light the highest peak on the house, although they are a retrofit line with warm white C9's, as the other lines are GE C9's from Lowe's. I much prefer the retrofit lights, even my wife agrees...so I guess next year it will be retrofits for all the lines of the house. Now all need is a little bit of the snow North Georgia got and it would be complete.
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    I'll give you some speculation since we have no hard numbers to go by. I'd say the value could range anywhere from 10 bucks (yard sale) to $40 or $50 dollars at an Estate sale or second hand store. At a higher end antique store or eBay it could be more. (Now that I've typed this it really doesn't seem that helpful.) I saw some blowmolds at an Estate sale recently and the prices were crazy high. All the molds had the owner's name and address written in permanent marker all over the back. The giant snowman was $95. The giant Santa way over $100. There were 2 of the snowmen in green tuxedo coats that were $45. TED
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    We post on the neighborhood page that the kids are handing out hot chocolate and candy canes in the driveway. Last year we threw in a portable firepit and marshmallows too. That brings in a lot of neighbors who just want to chat, enjoy the lights, ask how does it work, and the kids have a blast!
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