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  • 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.
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Chuck

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    Mr. PlanetChristmas!
  • Birthday October 15

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation
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    Franklin, TN
  • Biography
    Engineer
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    Christmas???
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    Engineer
  • About my display
    I help others put up great displays!
  1. The good news: the PlanetChristmas forums are about to undergo a big change. The bad news: people hate change and the new PlanetChristmas will have a different look and feel. Some details: The forums you are reading now will soon be switched to the 'Archive' mode. It's a fancy term meaning everything will stay online but no new posts, messages or registration will be allowed. The search engines will still be able to find everything you've posted over the last 20 years. Much of your PlanetChristmas account information will be copied to the 'new and improved' PlanetChristmas. When you first attempt to log in you'll have to reset your password. The new PlanetChristmas merges social media and the forums. Much of what you like about Facebook you'll be able to do in the new PlanetChristmas... minus the never-ending Facebook ads and unwanted news articles. I'm looking forward to taking advantage of groups. The forums will begin with a clean slate. No more timely topics about Christmas Expo 2011 .) Sharing pictures and videos will be easier. Classifieds are being revamped to make things a bit easier ...and a lot of other features I haven't discovered yet. But... for some of us old-timers (I'm one of them) this big change could be frustrating at the beginning. Buttons and links will be in different places. Strange terms might have you scratching your head. Getting all your new options set just right will take trial and error. Think of it as one step back to be able to jump three steps forward. Are you super-worried about any of this? Feel free to share your concerns with me: chuck@planetchristmas.com Stay tuned. This is going to be fun!
  2. You're experiencing one of my biggest frustrations with the current forums... lots of features but the user interface can be super-awkward. Behind-the-scenes on the administrative side there are constant mental gymnastics required for what should be minor tasks. Urrrrgggggggg. What does the PlanetChristmas Forums future hold? The current forums will be switched to the 'Archive' mode meaning the threads will be accessible to all but no additions will be allowed. That's secret code for: Google will remember you forever The current users will be moved to the new forums where we'll start with a clean slate using many of the suggestions from this thread. Please keep the suggestions flowing.
  3. I get this request regularly. As I remember, you can edit your text for an hour after the original posting but then it's locked. Why? Troublemakers have been known to say something inflammatory, get everyone all worked up, change their original post and then claim 'it wasn't me!' The stories I can tell after 20 years... But, I'm looking into a different way of handling this. You can make edits but the original text remains available to be read. What would you like to see added/changed/jettisoned in the PlanetChristmas community for 2018?
  4. I watch ABC's Great Christmas Light Fight to get inspired and to pick up on trends. In my humble opinion the TV decorating world seems to be segmenting itself. Air Blown displays Blow Mold displays Computerized displays DIY displays Quirky displays (note I listed these in alphabetical order to be politically correct) I'm wondering if these should be natural groupings in the PlanetChristmas world?
  5. Every few years I attempt to consolidate some of the similar categories and end up getting blasted behind the scenes. Now that I think about it, some of the current categories originated with the original 1996 forums. I'm currently leaning towards archiving everything and starting with fresh categories in 2018. Would also modernize the classified ads section and simplify how we share videos and images. Also, add a few more social networking/Facebook-like features. What would you suggest for major categories? I'm open to any/all suggestions.
  6. 20+ years ago the original PlanetChristmas chatroom was born. Let's just say it was lonely for the longest time. The chatroom evolved into forums as traffic increased and over the years we've used several different packages with more and more features. Then along came social networking. I thought Facebook and Twitter would be a flash in the pan. I'm thinking I got that wrong. The goal is to keep PlanetChristmas relevant but I need your help. What would you like to see added/changed/jettisoned in the PlanetChristmas community for 2018?
  7. Singing Snowman

    Submitted by PlanetChristmas forum user.
  8. I was watching ABCs Great Christmas Light Fight the other evening. Someone had built a giant Christmas tree out of discarded traffic lights. My first reaction was... now that's just weird. Yet here I am thinking about it days later. I don't remember much else about the show. It reminded me... Christmas is about lifelong memories and family traditions. I've done a lot of Christmas displays in my lifetime. People don't remember there were 26,230 lights or how the nativity scene was so tastefully done... but they are quick to comment on the lighted tricycle hanging from a tree or the dozens of blow mold snowmen in a Christmas tree formation. Want something people will remember? Think quirky. What makes your Christmas decorations quirky this year?
  9. Want a sneak peek at the November 2017 issue of PlanetChristmas Magazine? magazine.planetchristmas.com/Magazine/November2017
  10. Hmmmmmm. Not feeling much love on this topic. Interviewing Mel is certainly a good idea but we have about 70 more pages to fill with content. The PlanetChristmas staff is working on the next issue of PlanetChristmas Magazine. This double-themed edition is tentatively based around Pixels and Blow Molds, though we won't shy away from any decorating topic. But... We need articles! It's your chance to become "published" and probably even world famous! Interested? Send an email to Chuck Smith with your article idea(s): chuck@planetchristmas.com Don't worry. We'll make you look great!
  11. The PlanetChristmas staff is starting to think about the next issue of PlanetChristmas Magazine. This double-themed edition is tentatively based around Pixels and Blow Molds, though we won't shy away from any decorating topic. But... We need articles! It's your chance to become "published" and probably even world famous! Interested? Send an email to Chuck Smith with your article idea(s): chuck@planetchristmas.com Don't worry. We'll make you look great!
  12. Latest as of September 5, 2017: Hopefully the big changes to the PlanetChristmas forums are behind us. Everything is basically the same except the opening page is a bit different because it consolidates several pieces of info into one place. Email notifications have been sporadic. We just changed the email host and initial tests look good. Keeping all fingers and toes crossed. We're about to bring back the blogs. Now you'll have a place in a dedicated Christmas community to talk about your passion... CHRISTMAS! Stay tuned. There's more to come!
  13. If the PlanetChristmas forums and/or website is acting a bit odd for you, don't panic. Techies are making some changes in the background. Take a break, have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and check back a bit later. This post will disappear when the gurus are done supposedly making our lives better...
  14. 20 years ago the internet was bloody-cutting-edge and no one knew what a forum was. PlanetChristmas entered this brave new world. Let's just say it was pretty slow in the beginning but with time we got that fixed. After multiple meltdowns/refreshes/upgrades, the PlanetChristmas forums are still going strong. We could have surrendered the forums to Facebook years ago... it sure would have been easier for PlanetChristmas but Christmas decorators are special people in our book and don't deserve getting lost within a faceless giant constantly devising new ways to sneak really irritating ads in front of you. Behind the scenes, at PlanetChristmas we've been building the infrastructure to combine the website, magazine and forums into one entity. The overall look and feel will be like what you're used to here in the forums... though the color scheme might be refreshed and there will be more options. You'll start seeing changes later this month. Why is PlanetChristmas changing again? We have another 20 years planned to help you put smiles on faces while making lifelong memories and family traditions. Stand back. There's work to do!
  15. We upgraded the main forums software yesterday to the latest/greatest available. No good deed goes unpunished. Seems we broke TapaTalk and some other features. Urrrrgggggg. Please stand by while we work through some issues.
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