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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. 2 points
    Here are my additions to this years show.
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    I would suggest trying Merdian as well. Home Depot has a pack of two for just under $5. They are the closest to a white incandescent color I've ever seen in an LED.
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    The brightest c7 LEDs that I have found ( and probably least affordable ;-) ) are made by Meridian.... They are 7W equivalent, bright white, non-dimmable. The light appearance is 3000K with a brightness of 23 Lumens. They make both clear and white bulbs but I have found that the clear bulbs produce a circle like appearance in the center of light while the white bulbs do not. Below are several pictures of how the white bulbs look. Also, if interested, these bulbs can be found at Home Depot.
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    Instead of re-gifting that CD of Lawrence Welk's Polka Classics that your Aunt Mable gave you for your birthday, use it to brighten your Christmas lights. Here's how. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/36498939894/in/[email protected]/
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    doing bigger displays just take more time, especially the older you get, or the more operations you've had! it takes me a full 2 months, well this year 9 weeks. Ive always like slankard said, start with trees, and the house, roof, icicles,things that don't scream Christmas, arch etc. The real things like blow molds etc dont even come out for a while. Except for Halloween, I do maybe 20 or so blow molds, and lights, but not too much as it gets in the way. And funny thing I have 2 really big maple trees the UI will be cutting down soon, now I don't have to spend a week hanging Christmas lights, and ornaments, but I also cant hang the ton of %90 off Halloween lights I bought last year!!!
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    Every display should play Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bing Crosby AND The Carpenters.....let's cut out the modern day christmas Buble`garbage.
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