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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.

JR Kahuna

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About JR Kahuna

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  • Location
    Greensboro, NC
  • Biography
    Love decorating
  • Interests
    Golf, family and Christmas lights
  • Occupation
    Not much
  • About my display
    Getting bigger all the time
  1. SPT-2 Vampire Plug Problems

    I know this is going to sound strange, but for some reason, I couldn't get them to work well. I tried pressing them down with a screwdriver. I even cut pieces of zip ties and put them in. I finally got too frustrated and ordered new ones from CDI. Got them the other day and they are working flawlessly. The only thing I can think is that I go a bad batch of vampire plugs which seems odd because we aren't talking about complicated things here. More than likely they sent me SPT1 instead of SPT2? Maybe that is why some worked and some didn't? Anyway, I can figure it out and am moving on. I will only get vampire plugs from CDI now. I got the original from Christmas Light Emporium
  2. SPT-2 Vampire Plug Problems

    That did it. Just a little extra step I am gonna have to take, but that's alright. I though I was pressing them down but I guess just not far enough It's always something simple thanks.
  3. SPT-2 Vampire Plug Problems

    They are SPT2 plugs and SPT2 wire. I will try to shave the wire and see if that helps. It looks like they are penetrated. Can't tell if they are going all the way through or not
  4. I have some lights that I bought at Home Depot that I am repurposing. The C7 incandescents just didn't have the "POP" I wanted so I am replacing with C9 LED. I want to have 24 inch spacing. The only C9 strands with 24 inch spacing I could find were SPT2. I have done a lot of SPT1 cords so I didn't think it would be that big of a deal. I have been noticing that many are not working after I put the vampire plugs on. I don't know if the wire is too thick and the teeth aren't able to go all the way through to make the connection? Could it be bad vampire plugs? Bad wire? Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
  5. Color changing LEDs

    i have these Gemmy Peppermints that are staring to go bad. I took out the guts of them and used my dremel to put in new notches to string static multi LEDs. While I was searching I came across color changing multi's. I found them on two different sites https://www.1000bulbs.com/category/led-color-changing-c7-c9-led-christmas-light-bulbs/ http://www.thechristmaslightemporium.com/shop/christmas-lights/led-retrofit-bulbs/c9-led-replacement-retrofit-bulbs/c9-color-changing-multicolor-led-christmas-light-bulbs-non-dimmable-pack-of-25/?gf_rec_id=c3cvaq5jcif16bj1d0ek6hqnlu there is a $14 between the two sites. I have bought enough online to know the cheapest isn't always the best option. Does anyone have experience buying from either site? thanks
  6. Vandalized already

    I say make them part of the display and wrap them in 10,000 C9s
  7. 2015 Inflatables

    Inflatables are great if you don't have bad weather. I got rid of mine after a Christmas of rain and snow
  8. Led Light Strand Failures ?

    I had no failures this year. Last year I had 15 strands fail. They were all from Lowes. Right now I only have the Ecosmarts from Home Depot, but I am going to start buying online now. We only have multis and I want to start mixing things up
  9. When Do You

    Everything is down and put away inside and out. This is the earliest ever to have everything put away. Usually I get everything down and then it sits in a jumble in the basement until Feb or March. Feels good to be done. It rained this weekend and weather going to get colder.
  10. Pleasant Suprise

    The thing we have to remember is that we will always be our biggest critics and only we know how it was supposed to turn out. Everyone else hasn't a clue and enjoys it for what it is. Last year was frustrating for me because of all of my GFI issues and I was ready to call it quits and sell everything and just go small. This year I decided to power through. I did lose one or two days to rain, but nothing like last year. The great thing is my boys are really getting into it and are coming up with their own ideas.
  11. Have We All Gotten Crazy?

    That was really good
  12. Have We All Gotten Crazy?

    Everyone has their own reasons for doing this. Far be it from me to question anyone's motives. The one thing we all have in common is that we all started out with one string of lights at one point and for whatever reasons or whatever path we are where we are. I have watched TGCLF and after watching it, I have decided that the channels and programming are just not for me. I think it is too much and more work than I want to put in. Again, please don't take this as criticism, I have lots of respect for what everyone does and I know how much work it is. I just decided my static display is good enough for me. I too get a note in my mailbox from a lady who lives behind us every year. I have never met her. I think I understand the OPs sentiment about expectations of the TV show and not highlighting more modest displays, but I don't share it. To be honest even if they came calling, I wouldn't want to do it. I don't envy or fault those who do. It is modern day television and the publicity for the hobby isn't a bad thing. At the end of the day, if this were easy EVERYONE would do it. My boys are really getting into it and are coming up with ideas they want to incorporate. Some of them aren't my cup of tea, but I am letting them do it because I don't wants them to think their role in all of this is just hauling stuff around for me. Plus not all of my ideas are winners. And surprisingly my 8 year old came up with an idea to repurpose some yard lights we got at Home Depot and hang them in our maple tree next year. Pretty cool. We started taking stuff down today. Wanted to get ahead of bad weather coming and I have lots of business travel coming up. Keep up the great work everyone!!!!
  13. How Late Do You Leave Your Lights On Each Night?

    Mine go on at 4:30 and off at 7:00 am
  14. When Do You

    I will take down next Saturday. Shorter Christmas season this year. Feel like I just put em up
  15. How Does Your Display Impact Your Family.

    I have lots of lights, but I am not as involved as many here. My family loves it. My boys are 10 and 8 and they help decorate. I let them decorate their playset anyway they want and they line the front yard with the peppermint lights. I probably have one of the most understanding wives in the world. She loves looking at them and she loves hearing people complement us but she doesn't help decorate outside. She does do all the decorating inside though. She also never complains when I come home with thousands more lights. The boys love cleaning out Home Depot. At most she gives me a loving eyeroll. Last year when the Light Fight was on my 8 year old said "dad you need to step up your game". I laughed and said I would need a whole lot more help. I have started thinking about incorporating some sequences but don't know the first thing about it. I am in sales and travel a lot for work. I start the day after Halloween just to get it all up by Thanksgiving. All in all it has been a positive experience for my family, but then I am pretty low tech compared to some here. I just have LOTS of lights. I expect that when my boys turn into teenagers their desire to help will wane.
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