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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Putting up the Santa Land display in my hometown.
  • Location
    Westland Michigan
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    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. More additions tonight

    Those lamp post tops are really kewl. Do you think you could maybe cut some PVC in half and paint it to match and make a longer pole, even a base ??
  2. 2017 Blow Mold Gifts!!!

    No, it is from the same universe the "reefs" came from last year LOL Don't you remember the large green wons wiff the many collared light bulbs...........
  3. What a deal!

    You missed this one, TED. http://www.sears.com/general-foam-plastics-general-foam-lighted-halloween-figure/p-SPM11544067425?rrec=true Funny that it is being sold/advertised on the Sears website, but is fulfilled/sold by "Fastmedia" And if you read the description the "World's largest..... family owned" we all know that is Bronner's. ! Who puts these online ads together ?? They need to do their homework !! I was also watching a "Little Tikes Garden Chair" on the Walmart website. Depending on the color and what day it is, the price goes from $4.22 to $17.97 and everything inbetween. For instance, today Red is $8.40, Orange is $5.04 and the Green is $15.99. Tomorrow the Red could be $17.56, Orange $7.55, and the Green $4.97. Oh, and today the Red is offered in a 4pk for $25.99 too. It makes it tough to do much shopping and still get the best price. So keep an eye on the blow mold you're searching for...... the price is very likely to change in your favor !
  4. 2017 Outdoor display filler

    Maybe you can have your son build you a giant arch to go in front of the door, following the pattern of the stone. Put it in front of the porch lights and behind/into the bushes (depending on the space) Take some of your wood and cut out lots and lots of snowflakes, painting them blue and white, even add glitter. Attach them to the arch, even overlapping some of them. Then get a socket to plug adaptor for the porch lights and twist in a few (really cheap) incandescent light strings. Here is a picture from a mall that kinda sorta gives you some idea of what I'm suggesting. OH, LOOK, they have tall trees with colored plastic balls too...... LOL That way in the future, when more power is available, you could even add LED lighted snowflakes to the arch as well. Also; are the landscape lights low voltage or regular house current? That could be another possible source for power if you wanted to add lights to the bushes.
  5. Blue Ghost - General Foam?

    I just stumbled across this guy on the Bed, Bath & Beyond website. Looks like the General Foam one but possibly a custom color ?? https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/28-inch-light-up-ghost-figure-in-blue/1047069992?Keyword=halloween
  6. Anyone Identify?

    How cool is that ! They show it being used for Residential, Commercial and Municipal decorating. And being made of fiberglass they should hold up well for many years (with care, of course) of use. One universal piece !!
  7. Small Addition

    Mel, Is the brush in the snowman's arm original? It very much reminds me of the basting brush my Mom had in the kitchen drawer when I was a kid. I remember using it with egg whites to put a glaze on sugar cookies.
  8. My yard's not big enough. Is your's?

    Ever heard the phrase "Buyer Beware" ? The tree may not be any good for anything but scrap = It was condemned by city officials. "Structural engineers hired to sign off on the tree’s structural integrity would not give the OK, city officials said Tuesday." Here is the link to the article: http://spbc.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/01/26/delrays-iconic-100-foot-christmas-unsafe-and-needs-to-be-replaced/ Now we know why the GovDeals listings always have the disclaimer to inspect items before bidding.
  9. Securing molds in a better way

    I have a very few molds; a couple soldiers, couple candles and a candy cane. Since all the lights are from the back and not the bottom, I just use play-sand and fill about 4"-6" inside the bottom of the mold.
  10. Stripping blowmolds to repaint

    Big J, Christmas Lights Etc is one supplier and they are having a 40% off sale and free shipping ($100+) on everything sitewide right now as well. Here is the direct link to the sockets: https://www.christmaslightsetc.com/christmas-light-adapters-and-electrical-accessories--106.htm#FQCEQEAAB%2bLCAAAAAAABABzC1Q1TjRSNU8N9AUyDBXdINxkI2MzAyNFR5CsRlCOq5lvnmlQSEh%2bhWeYU6h%2fVqBJWo6bn3%2bWa0aoW6CZn0uOqlFSaKiBmW%2bwW2CYS76RP1BfChBpYjfYmDYGm5tbUm4wAMimpTkRAQAA:
  11. Stripping blowmolds to repaint

    I thought for sure that it was another thread here on PC that said to use a heat gun across the surface of the blow mold once you had it stripped and ready to paint. Of course I can't find that thread now If I recall correctly, the heat causes some kind of chemical reaction that allows the paint to adhere better, so small bumps and bruises don't result in lots of paint loss. Anyone else remember this, or am I lost in a cloud of overspray ??? LOL Big J - what about using a regular single socket unit then adding a vampire socket at the right location on the cord ?? Maybe even cannibalize an old unused string of c-7 lights. -- That sounds horrible -- Let's call it Re-purpose instead
  12. Did you ever see blow mold fabric before?

    I can see it now! Mel buys a whole bolt of the material and uses it for wallpaper in the family room.
  13. I just got my newsletter from Bronner's. They are having a 15% off sale on orders of $50 or more for both instore and online orders. {enter coupon code: 504} I also noticed a new link in the "Just for Fun" section. You can now take a VIRTUAL TOUR of the store. For those of you that have only heard about the World's Largest Christmas Store. this is your chance to get a sneak peek at what those of us here in Michigan have been enjoying for so many years. Be sure to look UP too, there are several items on display that hang from the ceiling throughout the store. Enjoy your trip ! And don't forget to sign up for YOUR newsletter while you're there
  14. I Need An Adapter!! But I Cant Find One :(

    Gordon, You may want to see if you can call/chat with 1000 bulbs to see what they recommend. There may be a better choice of bulb that will work. That 1000 watt bulb will burn very hot and in the theater they have special fixtures for them that are actually vented. And trust me - you can still burn your hand on the fixture !! Not to mention it would likely require a separate circuit and wiring for the load.
  15. beco mechanical Santa

    What an awesome find ! Gongrats !!