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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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mwalz last won the day on December 13 2015

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About mwalz

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  • Birthday 08/01/1997

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I would always go to Santas Magical Kingdom in Jellystone Park in Eureka MO with my family, according to them, that is what started my love for Christmas lights. I always try to make every Christmas something to remember for everyone.
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    Besides Christmas lights i do Halloween but not very big. Love Christmas decorating!
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  • About my display
    For 2016, about 30,000 lights. A static display, but in a way I like that better.

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  1. Brightest C7

    I used these in a exterior house light a while back and the re decently bright. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EPLGZ1W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Definitely want a clear bulb
  2. September motivation...ughh!

    Halloween goes up First weekend in October, and Christmas lights start going up around the same time. In full preparation mode here though. Tested all light strings today and this week I will delegate where they go. Few new props to build still. As soon as November hits it's full force with Christmas!
  3. Grave digger prop

    Looks good! What did you use to make the frame?
  4. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    New Neighbors last year ext door to my display. Moved in when the yard was covered in Halloween stuff. He said I can come in to his yard as far as I want. The nerve of some people. The night you turn the lights on send some sunglasses over there, wouldn't want him to be bothered by all the lights
  5. What to use net lights for

    Not sure what your set up is like but maybe make a wall of light? Behind a nativity scene possibly?
  6. Mega tree hook heads

    If you have a 16 hook head like you described, and 2 strands off each, that's 32 light strands. IMO that is plenty for a full look, I wouldn't worry much about it. You'll be the only one that notices lol.
  7. I Need An Adapter!! But I Cant Find One :(

    This place may have something: https://www.bulbamerica.com/
  8. Re-designing my 12' snowman

    I love that idea! Thank you! I like that idea of placement too. With all things considered would putting him in with RGB color changing lights be too much?
  9. Where does time go?

    I'll be back in school in August and running my own business leaves hardly anytime. I hope every is having a great year! I was thinking the same damn thing today, it's June, and my plans aren't even made for 2017. It's all just thoughts.
  10. Re-designing my 12' snowman

    I'm not sure of exact sizing it was kind of designed on a whim. It's 3/4" pvc frame, and the center pole is 1.5" pvc i think. I don't exactly have to use what's there now, could be designed from the ground up if needed.
  11. Re-designing my 12' snowman

    A few people have mentioned to me my 12' frosty is a bit out of place compared to my other display items. Thinking about retiring him or re doing it in some way. I want to add a hat, and possibly change it to rope light. I know i want to re do the mouth, and maybe the face in general. Thoughts? The item takes up a lot of space and there are tons of other ideas i could put in to action. But the majority of people just love this item. For 2017 i am relocating it to the center of the yard or the far right instead of the left. It would need to be smaller in that case. I could just make room for more mega trees as well.
  12. Mega-tree base ideas needed

    At about 7:24 in to this video you can see my bases for a 20' tree but will also work for a smaller tree: If you go the pvc route, use what size pvc you want, I'd say at least 2", and slip it over a metal pole of some kind. Use some guide wires and you are good to go. Don't stress too much about something at 12-14', whatever you do will look great.
  13. 2016 Display - 30k lights

    It is 2 3" PVC 10' poles, the center arched part is 1" i believe maybe 3/4". There are around 2200 lights and they are hot glued in place. It is held up with guide wires. The poles are slipped over rebar in the ground to keep it from moving around. I need a new alternative as it moves quite a bit in the wind. pm me if you have any questions!
  14. Securing 10' 3" PVC Poles

    My driveway arch is made from 3" sch 40 PVC. Since it is a driveway arch I can not have a true 3 point anchor with guide wires. I need a way to keep the poles up straight and sturdy. I thought about putting sleeves in the ground or using something similar. Ideas? I have a pic of it, it stands upright for a month or 2, but it's very unstable and swings around easily.
  15. 2016 Nativity, made the stable myself