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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.

KeysNole

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    All of them...waking up as a child in South Florida when it actually frosted on the car windows.
  • Location
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Biography
    Small business owner
  • Interests
    Boating, fishing, FSU football
  • Occupation
    Owner of flooring company
  • About my display
    All white incandescents with blow molds

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  1. Seen this at Lowes Friday night

    I saw it. Nice for the guy who wants to put it in his front yard and forget about it, but by no means a commercial piece of equipment. It didn't seem like a pixel tree as much as some programmed rope lights.
  2. 2017 Character additions

    Dave, to get color matches do you print out the actual image and bring it in to the paint store to have the color custom made? We are about to embark on our first set of cut outs. Thanks, Frankie
  3. My yard's not big enough. Is your's?

    That tree is somewhat close to me. I've seen it installed. I don't know if it's 100 ft tall (10 stories!?!), but it's big. Definitely bigger than what Disney uses. If it were 25-30' I would be all over it, but 40,000 lbs of material puts you in a different stratosphere.
  4. New cutout additions for 2016's display

    Thanks for the reply. We are going to get started in the next few weeks. I have followed your threads and you have great work.
  5. New cutout additions for 2016's display

    jrbryant, do you use white or black coro? Which paint? We are going to give some cutouts a shot this year.
  6. Mega tree assembly

    BigJ, do you think the tree is more stable with the guy wires at different heights? We have a 25' tree and have all four of our wires coming off the top. It takes a couple of trial and error tries to get it just right every year. It doesn't seem to move an inch, but I swear the 1.5" pipe is bending. Makes me nervous for two months every year.
  7. Need advice on building tree

    I used the Christmas Lights Show package to create a 20' tree a few years ago. Last year we stepped it up to 25' and 4800 lights. 4 guy wires and anchors 12" into the ground. It has never swayed too much, but I think I lose a few years off of my life every year when we put it up. I don't see us going more than 25'.
  8. Santa Blow mold ID

    Mel, thank you for the info. The local person wants $100. Ebay is in the $100-150 range, so it's a fair price (especially with what we all spend annually on Christmas). Will be very cool to have something from my father's era (born in 1947).
  9. Santa Blow mold ID

    Thank you for the replies. Any idea on the value? The seller wants $100. My father had the same one growing up, so I might just have to pay.
  10. Powder coated tomato cages

    The issue with those is that you have to build more vertical supports to allow the lights to have the rounded "tree" look. Last year we used bamboo stakes from our plant nursery and they came out fine, but it definitely becomes more of a DIY project.
  11. Santa Blow mold ID

    Any ideas on this one? If I am correct it is about 30" long and meant to hang on a wall. I found him locally.
  12. Looking to add a rotating/motorized ice rink this year. Has anyone created one? Would plywood be necessary, or would a quality coroplast base support a few coro skaters?
  13. LED Light Sale of a Lifetime

    Bill, any updates?
  14. LED Light Sale of a Lifetime

    Are these sealed bulbs or replaceable?
  15. LED C9 bulbs closest to warm white incans?

    hotrod, do you happen to have the comparison for your champagne bulbs? I don't know if those would look like what I am looking for. We purchased a box of your warm white faceted and they aren't bright enough for what we need.
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