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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.

Judy Pancoast

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  1. Hi Everybody, In case you don't know me, I'm the writer and artist of "The House on Christmas Street." This year I'm going on my fourth cross-country "The House on Christmas Street Charity Tour" and I'm looking for a host in the Pittsburgh area. Want me to come to your house and put on a festive live concert with your display as the backdrop? You don't pay me anything...I'll do it for a free hotel/motel/B&B room for the night (doesn't have to be fancy). To be a host you MUST collect for a charity on the night of the concert. I'm looking to be in the Pittsburgh area on Saturday night, Dec. 2. Saturday nights are prime nights for these concerts. Lots of Planet Christmas folks have been hosts in the past and some have had me back for repeat visits. Here's a story about one of the concerts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdWW0K_gSHA It is a bit of work to publicize and get ready but it's a night your community will long remember! Please get in touch if you are interested, or if you have any questions you can ask them here! Thanks! Judy Pancoast www.judypancoast.com
  2. Hi Everyone, I am embarking on the fourth major "The House on Christmas Street Charity Tour" at the end of November. Basically, I will come to your house and put on a Christmas concert outside (your lawn, your driveway, your cul-de-sac or wherever) with your display as the back drop. You don't pay me for this, you just have to provide a hotel/motel room for the night of your concert. I'll be leaving my home in New Hampshire at the end of November and driving my van all the way across the country (hello Z-Man!) and down to Odessa TX and then Florida and lots of places in between. This year's tour has really come together but there are some holes in it, so I'm looking for a few more people who would like to host. On Monday, December 11 I would like a place to play between Beaumont California and Odessa, Texas. Preferable this would be around Tucson, AZ. On Saturday, December 16 I am looking for a host between Childersburg, AL and Orlando, FL. And finally, on Thursday, December 21 (Ribbon Candy Day!) I am looking for a place to play between Clifty, KY and Lititz, PA. If you would like more info on how to be a host on the tour, please send me a private message with your email address. Please share this message with other decorators! Thank you! Judy Pancoast PS...Here's a photo of me with Paul and Jo Wood on the 2014 "The House on Christmas Street Charity Tour!"
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  4. Hi Everybody, I just want to make sure all the new folks here know how grateful I am that you guys continue to use "The House on Christmas Street" in your displays! And I'm always happy to send a free mp3 to anyone who wants it...just write to me on my website, which is just my name. I have a few other songs that you might want to consider using in your displays as well! https://soundcloud.com/judy-pancoast/mrs-santa-claus-1 https://soundcloud.com/judy-pancoast/03-the-little-christmas-village https://soundcloud.com/judy-pancoast/blessed-be-god https://soundcloud.com/judy-pancoast/where-is-santa-claus I'm happy to send free mp3s to any decorator who wants to use any of them. Thank you thank you thank you! Oh wait...I've got one that's good for Halloween displays as well! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXOgyjhVj5k Have a wonderful day! xo Judy Pancoast
  5. Hi Everyone..... I'm sure many of you don't know who I am, but my name is Judy Pancoast and I am the songwriter and performer of "The House on Christmas Street." This year, for the fourth time, I will be embarking on a nationwide concert tour of decorator's displays, "The House on Christmas Street Charity Tour 2017." This is the only tour of its kind in the country, all about the only song of its kind in the world....the song made famous by Christmas decorators!! If you would like to host a live Christmas concert at your display this year, please keep reading. Since 2010 I've entertained thousands of people across the country and even in England and Canada on these tours. It's been pretty amazing. And hosts have enjoyed it so much that they sign on again and again. It's pretty easy to get involved. First of all, here's what you need to be willing to do: 1. Host an outdoor concert on your lawn, or in your driveway (or one person has done it in the park across the street from his house, with his display as the background...it depends upon your situation). I've also done these in parks and at churches where decorators have displays. I bring all the sound equipment and you just make sure your display is up and running and that there is a safe space for me to set up my stuff, and a safe space for the audience to gather. You also need to make sure this is okay with your neighbors, that traffic/ parking won't be a problem, etc. I've done this is cul-de-sacs where the owners have gotten together with local police to close off traffic for the concert and provided parking elsewhere. It's really up to you how you want to handle things. I've done the concerts for as little as 20 people up to 2000. Again, that part is all up to you....how much space you have, how you coordinate parking, traffic, crowds, etc, and how much publicity you do. One decorator was involved in a civic organization and he got them all out there directing traffic, selling goodies and all kinds of stuff and all the profits went to that organization. 2. You need to do the publicity. I will send you press releases but you must send them to your local newspapers, radio and TV stations, websites that cover local news, Facebook pages, Twitter, etc. I will also send you posters. 3. You need to sync my song "The House on Christmas Street" so I can sing it with your display running for the last song. 4. You need to collect for a charity the night of the concert. This works best when you can get a local charity involved and then get them to help you with publicity and stuff (see #1). This is an absolute must. 5. You need to cover the cost of a room for me in hotel, motel or b&b for the night of the concert. It doesn't have to be fancy, it just has to be clean, please. Some hosts have gotten the room donated because it's for a charity event. As I am a woman traveling alone, I don't stay at people's houses unless I know them. That's the scoop. Do you have any questions? And can you tell me a little bit about where you are and your display? Feel free to ask questions here, or find me on Facebook or on my website and email me. I'd also love it if other decorators who have been on the tour would comment here about what the experience was like for them. Thank you for considering this!! Sincerely, Judy Pancoast www.judypancoast.com
  6. Hey Larry, just saw this post. I am so honored that I got to experience your wonderful display and be a part of it several times. Those are memories I will cherish forever. Pilot Mt. will never be the same without you. You've made it more famous than Andy Griffith!! Lots and lots of love from NH, Judy
  7. Hi Jim in AL! I am the songwriter and performer of The House on Christmas Street. This year I am going out on my fourth nationwide tour, performing concerts at the homes of Christmas decorators all over the country. Would you be interested in having me perform at you Christmas Village on my tour? If so, please reply with your email and I will start the conversation with you. PS>..the only cost to you is a hotel/motel/B&B room for the night for me. Thank you for your consideration! Judy Pancoast