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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. 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): [email protected] Don't worry. We'll make you look great!
  2. 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): [email protected] Don't worry. We'll make you look great!
  3. 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!
  4. 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...
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. We upgraded the forums yesterday to the latest/greatest. No good deed goes unpunished. Please stand by while we work through some issues.
  8. We continue to beef up security here on the PlanetChristmas forums. Behind the scenes there are constant updates to the applications but now we're also going to secure browsing. Look carefully at your browser address bar and you'll see https://forums.planetchristmas.com. The 's' means there's an encrypted connection between your computer and the big forums computer in the sky. Happy safe and secure browsing at the PlanetChristmas forums!
  9. Long story short... the PlanetChristmas forums are now on a different big computer in the sky. What should have taken just a few hours ended up taking about 36 hours. Sorry for the site being off-line... but things should be returning to normal.
  10. The entire staff of PlanetChristmas wishes you a very merry Christmas!
  11. Better than ever before, the new and improved November 2016 PlanetChristmas Magazine has hit the streets! Here’s a peek at what’s inside: Top 10 show tunes anticipated for 2016 Cutouts the easy way Cold weather tricks Peppermint Arch Smart pixel megatree Old is new is old Build a controller shed … and so much more! See the magazine right here: Magazine
  12. Got something Christmas related to buy/sell/trade? We've brought back the Classified Ads system to the PlanetChristmas forums. The old version faded away because the software was no longer maintained by the author... but our patience has been rewarded and a new Classifieds section is part of our community again. Look at the top of this page for the tabs: Forums, Videos, Gallery, etc. You'll see a new tab cleverly called Classifieds. Go for it. The system has some rough edges. Short term classified listings are free. Long term... we're still figuring it out. Some of the wording is a bit odd to Americans. Financial transactions are handled between the buyer and seller. PlanetChristmas is simply providing a listing service and makes no guarantees for the product nor endorses any party. Ready? Here's a shortcut: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/classifieds/ Let us know how to make Classifieds better!
  13. The staff is working on the next PlanetChristmas Magazine but we need more stories. Now is your chance to write for a digital publication read all around the world and in the process maybe become famous! We're looking for articles centered around Christmas decorating. It can be anything from building a pixel tree to fixing a broken ornament. We're also looking for time-saving tips with a goal to get more people decorating for this holiday season. Know how to store a lot of lights in a small space? We want to know how you do it. How do you keep track of a zillion extension cords? Share your tricks with others. Fixed a broken figure in a nativity scene? No doubt others have had the same challenge and can learn from you. Inquiring minds really want to know! If you have a new Christmas-centric product, want the world to know about it and can write a story describing how it can be used, then we're interested. Our only request is to save plugging your company until the last paragraph of the article. Scared about writing? Don't be. Write what you know about and it will be easy. Don't worry about how many words or the length of the story. PlanetChristmas editors will make sure you look great. Send us an email if you're interesting in writing for the magazine: [email protected]
  14. For Tapatalk users: The PlanetChristmas forums are Tapatalk enabled, again.
  15. The PlanetChristmas elves have been busy installing about a zillion updates to the forums. Most are security related but there have been a few that have changed the overall look and feel a bit. The elves are still tweaking so don't panic on anything just yet. More to come.