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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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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
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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. You may have something similiar to this one offered by CLE https://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p/14_Foot_Giant_Everest_Fir_PreLit_Commercial_Christmas_Tree--19095.htm if so, you are missing the "frame" part of the tree
  2. Seen these today at Menards

    I bought 3 sets (yes, they sold as as set of one each, blue & purple finials and the red bell) for $25 / set, from Amazon, two years ago. I had seen them selling for as much as $50 ea from other retailers and also on e-Bay. Then, last year, I found a "damaged packaging" set for $20. The ornaments were fine and who really cares about the box anyway ?? LOL That gave me the 4 sets I needed to go across the front of my house, hanging from the vintage green/metallic green garland. The spacing gave me one extra bell, which I cut the clapper out of and put a light inside so it could be hung in the middle of the matching garland wreath, replacing the star (in the pic). Really turned out nice. This year Amazon has them listed for $43/set. And e-Bay has them in the $20+ / each range. They are just decorations. They finials do have a "pearlized" look to them. I did cut the clapper out of one of the bells and put a light in and it looks fine. The blue and purple ones are probably to dark of a plastic to try to light. All of them are solid color plastic, the color is not painted on.
  3. Yule Rock

    Well, considering my Doctor has ordered me off of extension ladders, (due to some back problems) that song sure hit on target with me.
  4. Yule Rock

    Love the lyrics !! Did you come up with them or find a recording someplace ?
  5. CD Christmas Light reflectors

    Great Idea Jeff ! Another is to take two CD's and put the back to back. Then take a loop of fishing line through them,, and back through itself, holding them together and also to use for hanging. Then hang them in an outdoor tree and the sun is picked up in them and they shine like miniature rainbows.
  6. Starting a blow mold business

    I don't know if there is anything of interest here, but plastic molding equipment is on the auction block in Michigan: https://bid.orbitbid.com/lots#YXVjdGlvbltpZF09MTgwNCZhdWN0aW9uW2xvY2F0aW9uXT1hbGwmYXVjdGlvbltzdGF0dXNdPXVwY29taW5nJmF1Y3Rpb25bdHlwZV09YWxsJmxpbWl0PTMwJmxvdFtjYXRlZ29yeV09YWxsJmxvdFtsb2NhdGlvbl09YWxsJmxvdFtzdGF0ZV09YWxsJnBhZ2U9MSZwcmV2W3BhZ2VdPWwmcHJldlt3aWRdPTE.
  7. Just bought it. What is it?

    The second picture looks like it is made from styrofoam instead of a regular blow mold - is it light weight ?
  8. Window displays

    I think it would be helpful if you attached some pictures. We don't know if they are wireframe, Telco, Silvestry or even Hamberger. BTW: Welcome to the Krazy Christmas World of Decorating !
  9. Mega tree wench

    I winced, when I saw a Wench, being pulled by a winch up a pole. OH, that is a HALLOWEEN decoration ! OR, would that be a Witch ??
  10. Municipal Silhouette Decorations for sale

    Sorry Big J, not GovDeals and not Georgia............
  11. PVC Candy Canes

    Use a pipe flange at the bottom. That can be screwed to a plywood base that in turn can be staked to the ground.
  12. Westland, MIchigan About 1/2 way between Ann Arbor and Detroit. 10 min from Metro Airport
  13. I have 4 General Plastics, White, Old English Lanterns for sale - $150 ea. They have 3 sides with the larger diamond patterned multi colored panels. I was told when I got them that is how they always were, nobody remembers them having 6 panels. We guessed that maybe it was some kind of custom panel that was long ago removed. They do have the regular damage to some corners and some of the panels do have cracks. I have 2 General Plastics, White, Old English Lanterns for sale - $100 ea These 2 have no panels at all, plain white with one side being routered for access to the light bulb. One does have a crack on the top. I have 6, 17" Red Mission Bells for sale - $40 One is missing the hanging hardware (light kit is there) Being stored in the back of an public works building they were very dirty, so, ALL of the Blow Mold Decorations have been cleaned - 20 years of dirt, bird droppings, spider droppings, webs & road crud has been scrubbed away. None have bulbs, most were burned out anyway. Apparently if you need pics, you will need to send me your e-mail as I'm getting the "200 error Upload Failed" error message. I guess they are too large to attach.
  14. Municipal Silhouette Decorations - $100 ea · Reindeer With Bow 2-1/2’ wide x 5-1/2’ tall / C-7 Bulbs · Reindeer With Ribbon 4’ wide x 7’ tall / C-7 Bulbs · Dove 5’ wide x 5’ tall / C-7 Bulbs · Angel with Trumpet 6’ wide x 5’ tall / C-7 Bulbs
  15. Municipal Garland Decorations - $100 ea (3) Garland Bells o 3-1/2’ wide x 7’ tall / Bow & Clapper – Fine Cut / Bell – Regular Cut / C-9 Bulbs o One Unit All Red On Bell - Two Units Red/Amber Mix (could be due to fading) (2) Garland Trees With Diamond Star o 3-1/2’ wide x 8’ tall / Star & Decoration – Fine Cut / Tree – Regular Cut / C-9 Bulbs (3) Garland Candy Canes o 2’ wide x 6’ tall / (1) Regular Cut (2) Fine Cut / C-9 Bulbs All Garland Decorations Show Signs Of Age And Have Varying Degrees Of Shedding I also have Garland Wreaths with the 3 white candles red and vinyl bow = They are lighted with 60 C-7 bulbs in addition to the candles. $50 ea. if you take 2 or more. (I have 20 available)