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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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About Mwhite7097

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  1. Looking To Wrap My Tree With Lights

    I planted a 3' maple sapling last spring and put a string of lights on it. As it grows, I will add strings as needed. In 30 years, I should have a well lit tree.
  2. Throwing In The Towel

    Hey Tony! I am planning on the Sat. after Thanksgiving but that is up in the air. Depends on how much gets done this weekend. The next 2 weeks will be impossible to work on display. Hope you make it down again this year. Not too much has changed from last year other than a few props. As I said, I really had no desire to do much this year. I am going to try to incorporate some pixel lighting next year but the learning curve was too difficult for me to handle this year. Shows will again be Thurs - Sun at 6, 7, and 8.
  3. Throwing In The Towel

    Every year about this time I say the same things. I am getting older, the trees are taller, the shows are bigger and longer to set up, and my desire is lacking. Then the phone calls start asking about when the shows go live. This year, a bad back has made it extremely painful to bend over and we all know where most of our connections go...low to the ground. I posted on Facebook the possibility of being late this year or no show at all, and was overwhelmed at the people volunteering to help. Maybe you could put out the request. People feel good about helping and saying they were involved in the display. If not, I would suggest as others have about taking the year off and then making your decision. You sound like you could use a break. Good luck with your health and don't feel like you have to do a show for anyone else. p.s. My wife was the same way. Thought the whole thing was silly. She used to come out on the last day of setup. help plug in a few wires, and then enjoy all the compliments about the show. One night last year, after telling me it was too cold out for her to hold the ladder steady so I could climb to the top of the house to fix a bad light string, she then proceeded to ask if I could run a private show for her coworkers who happened to be in town! Of course she grinned ear to ear when they told her how great it was! Also, I took her out one night to meet a family with a special needs child who were watching a show. I think that struck a nerve because, this year, she has been much, much more helpful. With any luck, maybe I can get her to help tear it down when it's 20 degrees out.
  4. Hurry and come up with some reason why you would fill the head with cement. Years ago, a neighbor got tired of the local spring ritual of high schoolers smashing mailboxes around town and filled his with cement. I laughed when he showed me the dented but still standing mailbox one day. Months later, he was served a notice for a lawsuit because a kid broke his wrist trying to smash the mailbox with an aluminum bat from a moving car. It ended up being settled out of court because the lawyers said he made the mailbox non-functional and his "intent" was to cause harm. Ridiculous, I know! Now I have a mailbox that is reinforced with 4 layers of 16 gauge steel to "protect it from the snowplows." I still see dents come springtime and still chuckle, but it is legal.
  5. Easiest Terminators/Snubbers to make

    I used the Glade plug ins last year and they worked fine. Look for coupons to stock up cheaply. I have all LEDs and I noticed that I only had to use them on small runs of lights. The bigger runs didn't seem to need them. The front yard smelling heavenly was a bonus. (Joking...didn't use the insert)
  6. Yep. New to this site and saw your some of your posts. Blinky flashy lights are fun, huh? Addictive too! Good luck with your set up. I hope to see some pics of the finished product.

  7. Your sequencing is SO bad.....

    Re: Your sequencing is SO bad..... The only person who liked it said his seeing eye dog enjoyed it too!
  8. Pokrplr....Love the name! Got to get the poker room back to help pay for lights. I am actually financing the lights through poker winnings for a charity. I play tournament poker. If you watch WPT, you may have seen a final table with yours truly trying to win more $s for lights. LOL