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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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About JeffCarter

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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    Atlanta, GA
  • Biography
    I've been lighting up for Christmas since I was 4. I started a YouTube Channel with DIY videos for Outdoor Christmas Decorations. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLwTziyLSWWiCFTCIb-acUQ
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    Vintage GE Christmas Lighting and Christmas Lighting History.
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    Broadcast Engineer
  • About my display
    I create lighted displays for my home, my office and for the homes of friends and family.

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  1. What Happened to the Vendor Listing

  2. Vendors

  3. What Happened to the Vendor Listing

    I have no idea what happened to the vendor list but here's a link to the vendor's at this year's Christmas Expo. It may help you rebuild your list. http://www.christmasexpo.com/exhibitor-list/
  4. No reserve... https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=573&acctid=2052
  5. Great Online Tool

  6. GFP Closing

    They should have gone mail order or at least offered that option. I would make their molds available to those who would like them but don't have a local retail option.
  7. Here's what I used for the Candle Halo's: https://www.mainewreathco.com/cgi/supplystore/commerce.cgi?cart_id=1500179044.220&product=Single_Rail_Wreath_Rings&pid=238&log_pid=yes Here are a couple of options for the Candle base: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Formufit-1-1-2-in-Furniture-Grade-PVC-External-Flat-End-Cap-in-White-10-Pack-F112EEC-WH-10/205749506 http://www.homedepot.com/p/Formufit-1-1-2-in-Furniture-Grade-PVC-Table-Screw-Cap-in-White-10-Pack-F112ECT-WH-10/205749505 Here's the Candle Socket I used: https://www.grandbrass.com/item/so731/lamp_sockets-e_26_medium_base-sign_and_carnival_sockets/ OR this one: https://www.grandbrass.com/item/so732/lamp_sockets-e_26_medium_base-sign_and_carnival_sockets/ For the Popular Mechanic's 1964 Santa here's the nose socket I used instead of the standard based one: https://www.grandbrass.com/item/so10035/lamp_sockets-e_12_candelabra_lamp_sockets-e_12_carnival_sockets/
  8. Here's the hand out with the hyperlinks. If the class inspired you to add a vintage element(s) to your display please post some pictures. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me or others on Planet Christmas. We'll be glad to help! christmas expo 2017 handout Traditional Elements.doc
  9. Here's the hand out with the hyperlinks. If the class inspired you to add a vintage element(s) to your display please post some pictures. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me or others on Planet Christmas. We'll be glad to help! christmas expo 2017 handout display.doc Here's the link to the thread about how to build a modern Bubble Tree that I talked about in my presentation.
  10. Here's the handout with hyperlinks from today's presentation. Thanks for taking part in today's class. christmas expo 2017 handout history.doc
  11. Expo 2017 Classes

    I have the honor of leading three classes at this year's Expo. I hope you can work at least one into your schedule. See you in Nashville!
  12. So who's going to the Expo?

    I'll be leading three classes this year. Stop by and say, "hi."
  13. Roll Call. Who's going to the Christmas Expo in Nashville this week?
  14. Available in Florida