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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.

Aputernut

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About Aputernut

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  • Birthday 03/31/1944

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Is a story I wrote for kids of all ages, with many pics. to go with the story. The title is "The Year Santa Almost Canceled Christmas"
  • Location
    Florida
  • Biography
    We live in FL. 37 yrs. orig. from PA. we love decorating for Christmas, the outside is for others to enjoy, the inside is for us.
  • Interests
    decorating, gardening/landscaping, crafts/painting and writing, I am published online also live theater.
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    It is huge, won 1st. place for Xmas lighting in 2012, and added so much more for this yr. No blow ups all very classy and done to perfection, because we are that way about everything! LOL

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  1. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    Well we're doing just great with the kids, they are loving it especially the train and the laser light sending down colored spots all over the cul de sac and street, plus loads of other things to delight the kids, but I still like to keep Christ in Christ-mas after all he is the reason for the season, so we have our new giant Nativity and a smaller one next to our church on the front lawn. I just don't appreciate clutter or chaos and things that do not belong together in a mess so to speak! and driving around we've seen quite a few messes. I was not talking about anyone in particular here, but in videos, I've seen some unbelievable disasters. IMO
  2. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    Thanks slankard but Dh does 90% of it and he will be 80 on Dec. 23rd., plus his Santa workshop fixes for all our neighbors and he's restrung all our deer etc., he can fix anything, light related. We also helped put up a neighbors icicle lights this year, she's afraid of heights and over her entry is high Dh has to get up on the roof. I am the planner and designer, I made our huge wreath and changed over much of our lawn décor from incandescent to LED's like our snowman family etc. Dh does all the wiring and staking down etc. He fixed up a couple deer for our neighbor and I touched up all the rust spots with Rustoleum white. They went back home like new. We just don't like cluttered display's or what I call junky stuff. We have seen some you can't see the display for all the clutter! Some look like all was tossed out on the front lawn, no rhyme or reason and lit up...all done! uh no way not happening like that here.
  3. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    Yeah, they are just lovely especially during the daytime, I should take a pic. of one in my neighborhood the entire lawn cluttered with dead blow ups! Our display is elegant and every item placed precisely. And it's so easy to clutter everything in the front of a house try doing all 4 sides some time. And try doing it all in 85/90 degrees, when you are in your 70's or 80 years old! Well we get 2,000+ vehicles plus walkers and bike riders and loads of praise so we'll just keep at it as long as we are able, and no junk on our lawn. And ours is in our local paper every year, we won 1st. prize so it seems we are doing it right. Not trying to insult anyone just stating a fact is all.
  4. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    We don't have all the craziness of flashing and loud music often not even Xmas music, and no cheesy blow up's at my house, but we do have a beautiful huge display around all 4 sides of our home which can be see from other streets and we do have a string of vintage silver bells that play 8 different carols strung along the rope at the street and we have had couples dancing in the street, folks taking pics./video's and last evening we had a man on his bike, don't know if he was on his phone or what but we heard him say, Hello deer, Ho,ho,ho. And last year we saw a woman get out of her car and drop something in our mailbox, it was a dollar on which she wrote Thank You for giving us the spirit of Christmas, it's beautiful! Here's our display, see for yourself! P.S. We do have a laser light on our Cul de Sac which is done for the kiddies mostly. And all of this is done by us old folks... 73 & 80 years old
  5. Why is it so difficult to add video's at Video's Christmas Display? I tried to add mine in mp4 and also WMP also used my Utube link, get message this type of video not supported every time. I post my Utube of my display in many Christmas forums, and Planet Christmas is the most difficult, I just don't get it? My Link:
  6. Well once again no Utube video post for me at Videos?? why does this site make it so difficult? so going to put link here (maybe) https://youtu.be/DoetyxD4Mus
  7. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Here's a sneak peek at ours, lawn lights not lit, a squirrel got the wire, Dh fixing now, I will post my video soon, I hope? my Nutcrackers are new plus more not on this pic.
  8. Pics of anyone's display progress

    I just took this daytime pic. of our new giant nativity 10'H X 10' wide life size figures. 590 LED's
  9. And....we have a problem.😭

    You would like them if A. your color scheme was white & blue mostly and B. you house is white trimmed in teal blue . We changed over this year to LED's cool white, I even yanked out incandescent in snowmen etc. because as we all know real ice or snow is a brilliant white almost a blueish white. We may live in FL. now but born & raised in snow/ice country, remember it well.
  10. Lights around Vinyl Windows(Newbie)

    Try looking into 3M Duel Lock Fasteners you can leave the one part on the window from yr. to yr. then just lock or snap the other part over the wires to lock the strings in place. Not cheap but they work we use them to hold our hurricane protection on our windows, doors and for our Xmas lights. Come in different lengths, cut easily to place around window but clean frame with alcohol first.
  11. Holiday today!

    To one and all!
  12. We enjoy seeing all the folks enjoying our display, which we are watching on 2 monitors and our security cams, while sitting cozy in our recliners, we can also hear the squeals of joy from the children, and watch as the parents take photo's or do videos. this year we had a huge surprise experience so sweet it got Dh choked up as he brought it in and handed it to me. We saw on the monitor a woman get out of a car which had been sitting out there taking it all in, as they pulled forward she got out, we thought to no doubt take a pic. then I said she's at our mailbox? we heard it clang closed and they drove off. Later Dh said ok, I'm going out to see what that was all about, Ok I said, thinking maybe a note or a Christmas card? well it was a note indeed written on a dollar bill, thanking us for the beautiful display on one side and on the other it said "Love your Christmas spirit!" and that was the icing on our Christmas cake, for this year. Dh plans to keep that dollar as a reminder of Christmas 2016. But just wait for 2017 we already have spent hundreds on new exciting decorations to add, plus many new LED lights replacing our old ones like our 20+ long strings of icicle lights all around 4 sides of our home. We're anxious for the next one and will once again talk about it or plan all summer long.. LOL
  13. Electric bill to feed the lights

    Ours is split over 2 months, one half of the month, our 1 month display is lit and one half of it is on the second month, and is around $20/30 dollars higher, a lot depends on our temps. which we hope are lower at Holiday time then no need for the more expensive AC, this year not so lucky it was hot. Next year will be much less since we are busy changing most of our display over to LED's . Not because of our elec. bill which we are not bothered by, but more so by the fact that they last longer and are not as much maintenance of keeping up with burned out bulbs.
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