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  • 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.
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WLND-DAVID last won the day on December 22 2016

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  • Birthday 08/29/1955

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Putting up the Santa Land display in my hometown.
  • Location
    Westland Michigan
  • Biography
  • Interests
    Christmas Decorations / History / Gardening
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  • About my display
    Fairly small, try to change things up every few years.

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  1. How do you flatten out roads?

    I was told to use a hair dryer to heat the rubber up and it will lay flat - I found that a heat gun works too. Be careful not to burn / melt the mat. I also used some heavy books after I got it nice and soft to help it stay flat as it cooled.
  2. New LED's vs. Incandescent

    Very Nice Jeff ! So helpful to see the difference in colors under controlled tests. Any chance you can also follow up with Mileon Bulbs and the newer SMD ceramic versions. I know that hotrod1965 sells them, maybe he can get you some sample ones for the test.
  3. GF Bell

    I remember this being covered in another thread (maybe a couple years ago) and apparently the purple and blue ornaments were too dark of a color to allow light to pass through. For the Bell, what I did was cut out the 'clapper' and just a bit more so my hand could fit inside. I used the existing 'vent' hole in the top to mount a socket (similar to the one pictured) that was left from something I salvaged it from. Then drilled a small hole just large enough for the cord to fit through, near the top.. Since the socket I had was a standard bulb size, I put a RED colored CFL in.
  4. What goes down must go up!

    Kinda the same here in SE Michigan. Forecasts for the next two weeks says we don't expect to be out of the 20's, with several days in the single digits. But even with decorations frozen into the 6"-8" of snow we have left here, I feel for the folks in Eire. Hard to fathom 5 feet of snow on top of displays there. I'll go dark next weekend, takedown..... we'll just have to wait and see.
  5. Commercial shoot?

    He probably saw the KIA television ad and wants to do something similar ...........
  6. I generally use the "All Activity" button to see what new information is being shared. Then I just click on whichever thread looks interesting. For instance, anything about Municipal pieces, or of them being used in display I take the time to check out. However since I'm not into the computerized shows, I generally scroll past those post. But several times I see a photo or video is included and I still click on it to enjoy the poster's display. So, maybe a thumbnail can be added to the post if there are attachments. Also, can you make the "All Activity" button little more prominent ? That fine, light grey font is sometimes hard to spot.
  7. Empire Municipal Red Blow Mold Bell

    Thanks for the verification Mel I wonder where the Empire connection came from ??
  8. Empire Municipal Red Blow Mold Bell

    Mrs Claus, I almost passed over this post. If it wasn't for the word "Municipal" I probably would have gone right past. I have never heard of those MISSION BELLS referred to as being from Empire. To my knowledge they were always made by General Plastics. As you can see from this catalog page, from 1963, they were originally in Day Glo Red and Translucent Yellow Gold. They came in two sizes, 17" and 27" in height. Over time the gold was dropped in favor of white and eventually the white was dropped from the line as well. They also offered a smaller 9" "Jingle Bell" that was mostly used as a light cover for street skyline displays. Mel may know if they were ever sold under the Empire name or not. As far a availability, I just happen to have 6 of the 17" ones for sale. PM me if you are interested.
  9. New member our scene for 2017

    Lots of really kewl stuff to look at, for sure. I like the addition of a few municipal pieces too. What can you tell us about Woody Woodpecker ? I have never seen anything like that before....
  10. Wireless timers

    I too have been using X-10 for many years, the problem I seem to be having is getting units to talk to each other. Some modules work with the timer only, not the remote. The wireless unit works with the remote, but not the timer. "These" units only work with that timer and 'this' remote, but not the other remote or the base unit. Oh and the base unit works both units from the wireless module, but not the appliance modules. I have checked and double checked the house code and module code on each one. Don't get me started on the wall switch modules, they are very tempermental !! And that wireless wall switch, with the four button switches -- Ugggg ! The best I got was one appliance module and one lamp module to work with that one. Just frustrating. I really like the convenience, but at this point I only have about 4 modules I use on a regular basis, one of them being the very first one I purchased
  11. Wireless timers

    Not sure if this is anything helpful, but stumbled on it and figured I would share: https://www.improvementscatalog.com/outdoor-bluetooth-power-center/sale/all-sale-products/408103
  12. I can't figure it out!

    Try running an extension cord on the "suspect" bulb to another GFCI. If that one doesn't trip, you may simply have a bad GFCI that he was originally plugged into. They do go bad occasionally, for no apparent reason at all.
  13. This clip is from 2016. It aired on TLC-UK. Enjoy Rolf, his family, and his nearly half a million lights
  14. Blow mold Nativity Custom Paint Job?

    I do remember reading in another thread a while ago that you should take a small (propane) torch and "flame" the surface before painting. It causes some kind of chemical reaction with the plastic and helps the paint to adhere better. Just be careful not to stay in one place to long and burn/scorch any of the family members......
  15. North Pole (Alaska)

    Here is a fun little article from a newsletter that I received, featuring the World's Largest Santa. Enjoy......... https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/11281?utm_source=sightings&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=v13n11 For more fun articles, here is the Front Page; https://www.roadsideamerica.com/